I was having lunch with Fergie a couple of days ago when he mentioned that he had just gone to a dinner tasting of Alexandre Polmard's beef. This is the man running a family business that has been aging their "vintage" beef for decades - which was labelled "world's most expensive meat" a while ago. Apparently Derby Restaurant at the Hong Kong Jockey Club was doing a promotion, and Fergie thought the beef was pretty tasty and reasonably priced.
I pinged The Man in White T-Shirt, even though I thought the promotional event was already over. Fortunately I was wrong, and we immediately made plans for a lunch tasting today.
We looked at the tasting menu on offer, but decided that it didn't have enough beef for us, so we ended up ordering all the choices à la carte - sharing all the starters. It was clear from the pricing of the dishes that we weren't having "the world's most expensive meat". No vintage beef on offer here. But everything was still aged for 4 weeks, so not exactly your run-of-the-mill beef, either...
French pave Polmard beef, quinoa popcorn, Wagasagi onion, romanesco, horseradish, light pepper sauce - this was rump steak, and while we were supposed to get them rare, mine was a little more cooked than I expected. The flavor of the beef was pretty nice, but it was the "quinoa popcorn" that stole the show. These tasted like they had been deep-fried - just really, really crunchy and toasty. The horseradish foam on the side was nice, too.
I brought along two bottles of red to go with the beef, while The Man in White T-Shirt ordered a bottle of bubbly from the list to start.
1997 Viader - decanted 1 hour prior to serving. First whiff showed black olives and stewed prunes. Later with vanilla, forest, and meaty notes. Mature now and somewhat disappointing.