Rating: ★★★★☆

Address: 2/F, 23 Wing Fung St., Admiralty 金鐘永豐街23號2樓

Telephone: 2811 3009

http://www.beef-liberty.com/hk/

Every now and then a new burger joint pops up, and newly opened Beef & Liberty is certainly causing a stir amongst Hong Kong’s carnivores. Located directly above Pizza Express in a shiny new building on Wing Fung Street, this restaurant is a vibrant, lively haunt with floor-to-ceiling windows, sleek wooden tables and an industrial chic set up.

The restaurant’s name pays homage to The Sublime Society of Beefsteaks in eighteenth century London, which was a gathering place for London’s intelligentsia to celebrate the consumption of beef and steak, and the society’s members oath of which ended with “…so beef and liberty be my reward”.

The restaurant has a compact but appetising menu, comprising mainly of comfort foods to tantalise diners. The kitchen serves hormone-free grass-fed beef from Tasmania, which is stated to be lean and high in Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, and freshly grinds the beef twice a day before lunch and dinner.

(1) We decided to start drinking early, and “The Dude” ($78), made with kahlua, vodka and vanilla ice cream, was exactly the spiked milk shake that I was craving! It was lovely and creamy, but I wished it was a tad more alcoholic.

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(2) The crispy chicken wings with Korean spicy sauce ($62) were simple but moreish. The chicken wing’s surface was delightfully crispy, and the sauce was tangy and enticing.

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(3) The cheeseburger ($92) was utterly satisfying. The lightly toasted bun was crispy and fluffy, the cheddar cheese was wonderfully half melted, and the butter lettuce was crisp and fresh.

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It was, however, the pink-middled beef patty that made my heart sing! The beef was, as advertised, lean and juicy, and its intense beefy taste left a lasting impression.

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(4) The Liberty fries ($28) were crispy and comforting, and they were served with Cajun Aioli, which packed a punch!

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(5) The rocket & mandarin orange salad ($38) arrived in a huge, white tin tray, and there was no way I could finish it despite how tasty it was. The oranges and honeyed walnuts added a bright touch, and the sherry vinaigrette dressing completed the salad.

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(6) For desserts, we ordered a warm skillet cookie & cream ($48), which was indulgent and certainly worth the calories! The soft-middled cookie was kept very warm, and was served with a suitable amount of cream which made it extra decadent.

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The service at Beef & Liberty was good enough for Hong Kong standards, and the prices were reasonable. The beef burger we ordered was the best one I have had in Hong Kong recently – it seems like this new kid on the block is a worthy rookie!