Newly opened Buenos Aires Polo Club, Lan Kwai Fong – good steaks, heavy-handed seasoning
Grass-fed Argentinian beef and US prime cuts are the stars of the menu
Black Sheep Restaurant Group is keeping busy this year with the openings earlier this year of Belon and Maison Libanaise. Their latest is Buenos Aires Polo Club, which replaces Boqueria in LKF Tower in Central.
The interior is similar to one of the group’s other restaurants, Carbone, but with an Argentinian twist with lots of paintings of horses. It has the atmosphere of a gentleman’s club, , with the menu focusing on meat.
The friendly wait staff – four of whom are actually from Argentina – explained the menu and made some suggestions on what to order.
We tried the provoletta, a mini hot skillet filled with a mix of provolone and fontina cheeses with chimichurri (HK$128), which came with toasted baguette. While it arrived bubbling hot at the table, it cooled down on account of the room’s strong air conditioning.
Next came the chicken empanada (HK$68 each), which was a good portion for two to share, although it was a pity the filling was quite salty. We enjoyed the steak tartare (HK$148) flavoured with anchovies and capers that came with home-made flaxseed, sesame and chia seed crackers.
For mains, there are seven steak options, ranging from the 10-ounce tenderloin (HK$348) to a whopping 30-ounce T-bone (HK$788). Six of the items are Argentinian grass-fed beef, while the eight-ounce outside skirt is US prime beef. We shared the 12-ounce rib-eye (HK$298), which came chargrilled and sliced. The meat was very tender and juicy, but again tasted very salty.
The beef came with four sauces: horseradish, mustard with malbec, chimichurri and a pepper sauce. We ordered a side of mashed potatoes (HK$68) but the server forgot about our side salad (HK$68).
That didn’t matter because we were quite full in the end, but had just enough room for dessert. We were intrigued by the anana la plancha (HK$108) and it hit the spot. Presented in a small, scooped out pineapple, the dessert was composed of coconut cake, diced roasted pineapple topped with coconut sorbet, sprinkles of pistachio and passion fruit sauce.
Buenos Aires Polo Club, 7/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2321 8681