Unique, unprecedented flavors and delightful, captivating presentations to surprise steak lovers at QRE Plaza, Wanchai
Team Out of Town Blog Hub (outoftownblog.com) – French-Japanese steakhouse BIFTECK has opened at QRE Plaza, Wanchai introducing unique, unprecedented flavors and delightful presentations to surprise steak lovers. Finest beef cuts from Japan, the USA, Belgium, and Australia with fascinating sauces and sides plus creative cooking define an exquisite steakhouse experience.
Named after the French sobriquet for ‘steak’, BIFTECK extends the visionary fusion concept of Causeway Bay sister restaurant Le Reve, encouraging diners to “allow their imaginations to run wild and embrace new dishes, challenging pre-conceptions with interesting flavors never tasted before”.
Manipulating and marrying traditional French and Japanese flavors with contemporary flair and mesmerizing culinary techniques, BIFTECK’s captivating menu showcases the latest culinary concept of Executive Chef Ken Kwok, a celebrated veteran of refined Japanese, French, and Italian fine dining, including Michelin-starred VEA, CIAK, Beef Bar and Wagyu Takumi, on a mission to bring Hong Kong “a whole new perspective on steakhouse dining,” he says. “There are many ‘same old’ steakhouses in Hong Kong, I want to bring something unique and surprising.”
The masterful steakhouse reinvention headlines the star turn signature of the menu, Japanese A5 Snow-Aged Wagyu Beef. Lauded in Japan as one of the finest cuts, the house specialty is ‘snow-aged’ by an ancient ‘yukimuro’ aging technique at almost icy 1-2 degrees, with high humidity of around 90%, bringing out the moist and delicious sweetness with a mellow, rich and exceptionally tender melt-in-your-mouth taste. For discerning steak aficionados intent on a carnivorous ‘pilgrimage’ for the experience, it is available at market price but with only limited daily supply, pre-ordering is highly recommended.
Giant Australian Black Angus Porterhouse (HK$150/100g, minimum 1,100g) is another ultimate carnivorous feast, while signature fusion presentations exemplify the magical balancing of textures and flavors. Japanese A5 Kobe Wine Tenderloin (HK$588), marinated with sukiyaki sauce, is gently balanced with fennel, potato purée, broccolini & black garlic purée; and USDA WBI Prime Rib Eye (HK$498) marinated with rosemary and green chili, with roasted Japanese turnip, capers & shallot salsa.
Porcini-crusted Dry Aged 35 Days Belgium Sirloin (HK$448) marries with Chimichurri baby vegetables and beef fat vinaigrette, and Roasted Slow Cooked Japanese A5 Rump (HK$438) is finely balanced with Wagyu consommé and black truffle. Skewers of Blackmore Australian Fullblood Wagyu Flap Meat (HK$428) are in a lively marinade of house BBQ sauce, served with Padrón peppers and pickled fresh mushroom; and USDA Wagyu SRF Tri-Tip (HK$458) with baby gem lettuce, wasabi, and crispy garlic, is enlivened with balsamic teriyaki sauce.
Aside from beef, Chef Kwok’s menu is deftly balanced with lighter alternatives of Slow Cooked French Challans Duck Breast (HK$398), with caramelized mango, beetroot, pickled onion, and mint sauce; Greek Yogurt Marinated Milk Fed Veal Chop (HK$428) from France with tempura vegetables; and Grilled Whole Boston Lobster (HK$408), with herbs & fennel butter.
Pasta and rice signatures also feature Braised USDA Prime Short Rib (HK$328) with Japanese crispy rice and Mapo Tofu sauce; and Grilled Spanish Red Prawn Udon (HK$448) with cherry tomato confit and spicy prawn oil, a theatrical presentation with red prawn served on the side and the server mixing prawn roe into the Japanese Inaniwa udon with prawn head at the table.
Several seafood options include Fresh French & Japanese Oysters (HK$68/pc), Japanese Hamachi Sashimi & Hokkaido Uni (HK$248) with jalapeno, salsa, and yuzu soy; and A5 Wagyu Tataki Roll with Spanish Red Prawn & Amaebi Tartare (HK$268) of sweet shrimp and Spanish red prawn, served with lobster jelly and pumpkin mousse.
For an appetizer or a quick bite, Zucchini Flower Tempura Stuffed Oyster (HK$228) is in spicy kimchi romesco sauce & seaweed aioli; BIFTECK Grilled Alaska Crab Leg Brioche (HK$228) has buttermilk-anchovy dressing and fries peppered with sakura prawn powder; and Khumbu Baked Assorted Fresh Tomato (HK$188) is with creamy burrata, tomato consommé & basil oil, topped with tomato foam.
BIFTECK A5 Wagyu Mini Burger – Two Ways (HK$88/pc), with burger beef and a tantalizing slice of snow-aged Wagyu, comes in a ‘house secret sauce’ with French fries; and Pancetta Wrapped Hokkaido Scallop (HK$238) is with celery root purée in a creamy porcini sauce.
Two heartening soups are Japanese Turnip & Spinach Soup (HK$108) with crab meat and Wagyu & Mushroom Consommé (HK$128) with Wagyu tongue skewer-wrapped Sanxing scallion.
Desserts present a contemporary Japanese deconstruction of French and Italian classics, with Roasted Pineapple with Wasabi Sorbet (HK$78), Hojicha Tiramisu (HK$78), Miso Parfait with Almond and Lemon Jelly (HK$88), in popsicle form, topped with miso meringue and picturesque almond marinated in miso on the side, and Yuzu Panna Cotta with White Chocolate Ice Cream (HK$88).
A 3-course lunch menu including a choice of daily appetizers and dessert is priced from HK$208-HK$348 according to main course choices from signature beef cuts of US Dry Aged 25 Days Hanger Steak (HK$258), Belgium Dry Aged 35 Days Sirloin (HK$298) with chili butter and Blackmore Australian Fullblood Wagyu Flap Meat (HK$348) – all served with baby vegetables, steamed Japanese rice and a choice of cold pepper sauce, maitake sauce or balsamic teriyaki. Alternative main course choices are Miso Chilean Seabass & Sakura Shrimp Udon (HK$208) and Braised USDA Prime Short Rib (HK$228) with tofummus and crispy rice.
To celebrate the festive season, an exclusive “Christmas 6-course Omakase Menu” of ‘chef’s choice’ appetisers, mains and desserts from freshest seasonal ingredients is highlighted by 30 days dry-aged A5 Kobe Wine Sirloin and Japanese A5 Snow-Aged Wagyu Beef – available on 24, 25 and 31 December 2021, priced HK$1,280 per person + 10% service charge. BIFTECK’s a la carte menu is also served over the holidays, with minimum spend of HK$1,280 + 10% service charge.
On the drinks menu, an extensive wine list is strongly focused on French wine and Japanese sake, complementing the culinary fusion. A treasure trove of premium sakes includes junmai ginjo brewed from ‘fusanomai’ rice at low temperature and bottled without filtration. Junmaiginjo, Chiba-ken (HK$780), with aromas of fresh apple and pear balanced by high acidity, has a natural sparkling finish perfect for pairing with meat, and Junmaidaiginjo, Chiba-ken (HK$820) is famously rich and fruity with a gin aroma. Cocktails, mocktails, spirits and beers are also available.
Seating 58, including two private rooms for six over 3,300 sq. ft., BIFTECK’s interior design has a warm yet minimalist ‘steakhouse’ ambience beneath an exposed industrial-style ceiling, with cozy leathered armchairs and wood-paneled flooring around a central bar.
BIFTECK is located at 23/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong – operates daily from 12noon – 3pm and 6pm – 10pm.
For enquiries, please email email@example.com or call (852) 2246-8805.