STRIP HOUSE by Harlan Goldstein

“How did Striphouse find its way into the Michelin list?” It has been one of the lingering questions in my head still – despite having visited the restaurant.

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Situated in an older building along party zone Lan Kwai Fong, the restaurant turns out to be quite small. Its black and red-themed interiors, together with glittery curtains and table mat design reminds me of Moulin Rouge.

The one-starred restaurant serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, just like its sister restaurant Gold, at HKD$288 before service. The menu comes with a decent free flow salad bar, a soup, main course and dessert. Its price is hard to beat, which probably explains why it’s always fully booked.

I ordered the tasting menu which begins with a delicious crab cake. It’s packed full of crab meat, which got me excited about the remaining courses. Unfortunately, that’s where the excitement ends – the crab cake turns out to be the best dish among the four courses.

Food at the Striphouse reminds me of your typical steak house you’d find in the states – everything from the tater tots, the very thick lobster bisque to the very smooth texture and rich flavour of the ice cream. Very straightforward flavours.

The Striphouse may not be among the very top steak houses in Hong Kong, but no doubt it comes at a great value for your money. It deserves applause for making its interiors cozy and pleasant, but it’s yet to fully justify its Michelin one-star rating, especially when it comes to ambience and service.

STRIP HOUSE by Harlan Goldstein
Address: 5/F Grand Progess Building, No. 15-16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2521 8638

Visited on: 2 Feb, 2012
Price: Lunch – HKD$288-588
Things to order: Jumbo Lump Crab Cake

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