Situated on the ground floor of Ocean Terminal shopping centre in Tsim Sha Tsui, The Stonegrill has the typical view of the inside of a shopping mall. The interiors are simple and stylish, but the ceiling, painted grey, shows off unattractive exposed air vents and piping. Tables are placed uncomfortably close together.
Stonegrill offers delicious steak and fresh seafood served on a piping hot stone. The slab of volcanic stone, from Australia, is baked in an oven for eight hours, after which it is brought out to the diner at 400 degrees. To start, try the pan-fried foie gras on poached red wine apple, served in apricot puree and port wine jus (HK$178). The tart apricot puree nicely complements the rich foie gras, which is seared perfectly on each side. Blue crab salad served with walnut and apple (HK$148) is simply divine. The crab meat pairs well with the thinly-sliced apple and sweet endive leaves. The restaurant ensures that each cut of beef is the best of its grade. Meats are flown in from Japan, Australia and the U.S., while seafood is flown in from Asia, the South Pacific and Canada. The six ounce wagyu (HK$548) is a beautiful marbled slab of meat that is astonishingly tender and oozes juicy fat. Every table has its own rock salt and mixed pepper grinders, so diners can season their food precisely how they like it. Pacific king prawns (HK$248) come in four pieces and diners are instructed to grill each side for two minutes. A light sprinkle of salt and pepper, plus a dash of lemon juice, will bring out the delicious flavours of the ocean. Our sides of fresh spinach sautéed with garlic and olive oil (HK$48) and gratin dauphinoise (HK$38), made with potato slices in a cream sauce topped with parmesan cheese, were delicious but portions were too large and verged on wasteful.
For a steakhouse, the wine list is disappointingly short and offers a limited variety of reds. There were only two wines available by the glass. The cocktail list, in comparison, is much longer.
The staff is attentive, helpful and quick on their feet. They show a good knowledge of the menu and each dish’s ingredients.
Dinner for two will be about HK$1,000, excluding alcohol.