The dining scene in Hong Kong is beginning to suffer from high inflation as well as the implementation of (our first) minimum wage law in May 2011, both which are driving up costs of operating a restaurant in Hong Kong. The effects have been noticeable increase in prices, decreases in food serving size and inconsistent food quality (and in some cases, greatly reduced quality of food).
Outback Steakhouse, at least this branch on Nathan Road in TST, has remained one of the few restaurants serving food of consistent quality for us, while others have fallen from that list over the past year.
We ate lunch there today as it was Easter holiday and we were in the mode for steak, something so many restaurants, even high end steakhouses, routinely get wrong here. This particular Outback has been an exception to that rule so when we are not grilling up our own steaks, this is one of the very few places we will go to actually pay someone for a steak in Hong Kong.
Today we tried a set-lunch option A.) Lunch Sirloin (HK$98) that included a 8-9 ounce cut, risotto, mixed veggies, bread, a small salad and soup. To be fair, the beef was a bit tired, not prepared or cooked that well and not something I would order again. The rest of this lunch set was of average taste and quality but quite hearty. Exactly what one should expect for a HK$100 steak meal. Overall, this was a (rating 3 of 5) meal, not something I'm particularly partial to but at least good to note that a decent, average steak lunch can be had at relatively affordable prices in TST.
For our second meal, we ordered the Victoria Fillet (HK$220) and fries. This was a rather fatty cut, not our favorite, but was well grilled and the beef of much higher quality, what we expect of HK$220-250 price cut. This wasn't a perfect steak but generally tasted quite good (rating 4 of 5), making it a good value for money and consistent steak compared the HK$350-500 steaks that can routinely be poorly prepared and cooked in Hong Kong.
Overall, we were ok with the lunch set steak as you sort of have to expect a lower grade cut when paying just HK$100 for a steak dinner in Hong Kong. That is just reality, so no disappointment on our end. The consistent, good (not excellent this time) fillet will have us returning to Outback in the future for steak when we are not in the mood to prepare and grill our own.
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