If you are getting tired of eating out at the same old lunch dining spots every day, and are looking to find somewhere that offers good value for money and fast service, then you might want to give Blue Butcher a miss when weighing up your options. Lifestyle blogger and avid foodie thisgirlabroad tells us why.
If you are on Hollywood Road looking at Blue Butcher, you might not think there is much to it; a few spots to sit outside, and a cute, cozy, and casual little bar inside, however – do not be fooled. Head up the rustic flight of stairs and you will find yourself transported into a large dining area with an interesting mix of modern and historic decor, and design.
Now, moving on to what really counts. Blue Butcher has introduced a lunch menu (available between 12pm and 2.30pm) that is comprised of a cold starter buffet (tomato and basil salad, Belgium endive, mixed green salad, macaroni salad, and classic caesar), which was unfortunately nothing too special.
I was expecting there to be more of a variety, as opposed to all of the starters being salad-based. The tomato and basil, and macaroni salad were tasty, but nothing special. This starter buffet was definitely not worthy of the $198 price tag.
For the main course, you had a choice of Southern fried chicken, USDA rib eye (for an additional $60), a black Angus burger, or the BBQ beef brisket. I just had the burger, which I had extremely high expectations for considering this burger normally costs $198 on the dinner menu. Yet again I was let down. The presentation was great – it came out on a wooden platter, and looked nice and big – however, the burger was plain.
The patty seemed to lack a distinct taste. I don’t know about you, but regardless of how many toppings I put on a burger, I still want to, and should be able to, taste the burger itself. The bun was quite large and lacked flavour – not to mention it had extra flour on top of the bun, creating one very messy mouth.
Unlimited fries were also included, which was obviously very exciting. However, if you want to get all fancy you can pay an extra $20 to add black truffle and Parmesan or extra melted mozzarella and cheddar. I stuck with the “included” unlimited plain fries. For the third time during this meal, I was generally disappointed.
The fries that were presented on the plate were tasty. However, when I ordered more, they were very oily and crunchy, as though they had been hanging out in the deep fryer for too long. I was hoping we’d be getting treated to some thick cut fries (am I asking for too much here?)!
As for service, the wait staff were pleasant and made their way around the tables in good time. However, it took well over 30 minutes for my main course to come out, which meant a) I was absolutely famished for far too long, and b) I definitely wasn’t able to get our fill of the “all you can eat” fries, since by the time my main came out I only had about 30 minutes left before they closed the kitchen.
I’m not quite convinced that Blue Butcher is worth another try. The ambiance of the restaurant was great, I only wish the food was of a higher standard. Perhaps going to a dinner service would offer better quality.
Lunch Menu: $198 (+ 10 percent service charge)
Available Monday to Friday between 12pm and 2.30pm
Blue Butcher, 108 Hollywood Road, Central, (+852) 2613 9286
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