le Relais de l’Entrecôte Hong Kong: Simple Steak Frites

Originating in France, le Relais de l’Entrecôte has since brought its simple steak frites concept (and that unique sauce) to Hong Kong. The dinner or weekend set menu is HK$288 and includes a salad, two portions of steak, and unlimited fries; a bargain in this city. The dessert selection at le Relais is also ridiculously good, making this an easy choice in a city with far too many options to choose from.

Vibe At le Relais de l’Entrecôte Hong Kong

The space at le Relais de l’Entrecôte Hong Kong is quite large and the decor throughout the dining area is identical to the other le Relais restaurants in France; a bit old fashioned, with dark wooden furniture and red highlights throughout. The service at le Relais de l’Entrecôte Hong Kong is top-notch, though I still haven’t decided how I feel about the dress code for staff (similar to a Halloween maid’s costume).

Starter Salad

le Relais de l'Entrecôte Hong Kong - salad

I found the salad to be a bit lackluster; there weren’t many walnuts, the lettuce was a bit wilted, and there wasn’t enough dressing. What I did love was the wine; we went with a bottle of the recommended house red (Chateau de Saurs “La Constance”), which paired well with the steak given its strong cherry and blackcurrant aroma.

Steak Frites

le Relais de l'Entrecôte Hong Kong - steak frites

The main event was the steak frites (the weekend and dinner set menu comes with two servings of steak and unlimited fries). I asked for the sauce on the side, as I thought there was far too much overpowering sauce covering the steak the last time I ate here, and I’m very glad I did since I enjoyed the steak frites much more this time around. The full flavoured steak was cooked to a perfect medium rare and the fries were seriously addictive.

Dessert

le Relais de l'Entrecôte Hong Kong - creme brulee
Creme Brulee (HK$78)
le Relais de l'Entrecôte Hong Kong - dessert
le Vacherin d’ete (HK$88)

Though not part of the set menu at le Relais de l’Entrecôte Hong Kong, you’d be amiss not to try the dessert here. The classic Creme Brulee (HK$78) had the perfect caramelized top, which made for a very satisfying “crack” once I broke through it to get to the rich and creamy brulee. Given that it’s about a million degrees in Hong Kong at the moment, the le Vacherin d’ete (HK$88) was a great summer choice. I had previously tried the chocolate version and absolutely loved it, so I was curious to see if the raspberry one would taste as good. The raspberry sauce was thick and tasted very authentic (like pureed raspberries), the raspberry sorbet and vanilla ice cream were to die for, and the meringue added a difference in texture that brought the whole dessert together.

Verdict

Go to le Relais de l’Entrecôte Hong Kong if you love steak frites and dessert, and aren’t into dropping your entire wallet on a meal.  While I didn’t find the salad too appealing and the unique sauce can be a bit overwhelming, the steak frites are good value. And, I can’t forget about the dessert.. I would probably make a visit to le Relais just to cure my sweet tooth cravings.

Details

Set Weekend or Dinner Menu (including salad, two helpings of steak, and unlimited fries): HK$288

le Relais de l’Entrecôte Hong Kong
222 Queen’s Road East
Wan Chai 
Hong Kong 

Tel: 2891 9080

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