November 24, 2017

Steak for a quick lunch

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I got a call from my friendly neighborhood prime broker yesterday, asking whether I would be free for lunch today.  Given my coming eating schedule this weekend, I was originally planning to take it easy for lunch, but it would have been impolite to turn down such an invitation.  Which was how I found myself at Beefbar.

The five different set lunch options are named after cities around the world - and presumably feature ingredients or dishes representative of such cities.  I went with the Sydney option.

Amberjack carpaccio, wasabi dressing and coriander cress - this was actually pretty tasty, especially with a slight kick as well as acidity, and the fragrance coming from both very fine chiffonade of citrus zest and a light sprinkling of sesame seeds.

Australian wagyu hanging tender caramelized shallots - I asked for rare, and I guess this was close enough.  This has always been a cut of beef with lots of flavor, and it certainly didn't disappoint.  Nice charring on the outside while keeping a very tender texture.  I was, however, surprised at the almost complete lack of seasoning... and no salt was provided.

The accompanying caramelized shallots were delicious, and I used little bits of it to add some additional flavor to the meat.  It's too bad that our server decided to remove the pan without my approval while half of the shallots were still in it...

Mashed potatoes

A delicious lunch made better by good conversation. Many thanks to my friendly neighborhood prime broker for the treat.

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