Shop 301, Level 3
Ocean Terminal, Harbour City
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
I went for a late lunch/early dinner with my sister on Saturday. We hit the BLT Burger restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui’s Ocean Terminal. I’m not gonna lie, I honestly didn’t realise BLT stood for Bistro Laurent Tourondel, the French-trained New York restauranteur who opened up BLT Steak and its sister outlet BLT Burger. The whole time I was under the impression it was all about some kind of ominous Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Burger, which I did not see on the menu…!
The line’s usually very long around dinner apparently, but the turnover’s good. I suppose you can always tell a good restaurant by how many fans it has waiting patiently outside the doors. My sister made the executive decision to get there a little earlier than the dinner rush so we got seated in our own booth as soon as we arrived, which was excellent. I suppose the service gets a bit rushed and hasty when dinner service gets in full swing, as some openrice reviews have mentioned – but we had a really nice, smiling Filipino lady take our orders and our food came welcomingly quickly so I have absolutely no complaints.
I’m all for letting the photos paint the gastronomic picture, but I didn’t have time to bring out my Nikon so allow the shit camera phone photos; 5 megapixels is simply not enough to emphasize how full we felt just looking at the oozing Monterey Jack cheese off the chipotle tortilla chips, slapped on with some sour cream and chives with beef brisket hiding in every corner. A decent set of nachos, but I suppose if we’ve got to be objective about this (I’m quite partial to anything with cheese), I’d say the lobster nachos at Jaspa’s in Sai Kung or Dan Ryan’s loaded nachos have a little more to offer to the table.
But let’s not forget why one would come to BLT Burger: the burger. There’s a vegetarian option, the Veggie Falafel, one chicken option, one turkey option, and one salmon option. My sister rates the Atlantic Salmon Burger quite highly because “you don’t feel too stuffed” apparently, which is always nice when you’re overloading on nachos and fries and milkshakes too! So yes, all well and good – the selection is pretty extensive, I’d say, but for a restaurant that labels itself the quintessential American Burger Joint in HK? Dubious troll is dubious. It’s gotta be all about the BEEF.
And so, cue the the most expensive burger of the bunch at $118, forget about the 7 oz. Certified Angus Beef – hello Wagyu.
Served with a side of slaw, but we ordered the sweet potatoes fries as another side ($42 for the soft, sweet flesh and great, great crispness on the outside).
The meat was done perfectly medium-rare as requested, and fell apart in that way you know good beef just does. We added BBQ onion and cheese to this one, but there’s a variety of options you can add to your burger including fried eggs, sliced avocados and portobello mushrooms. Fucking yums.
However, the winner of this quick trip to the burger joint at Ocean Terminal was the “Spiked” Milshake: the Oreo Express, which was a combination of Kahlua, Chocolate Liqueur, Oreo Cookies and Chocolate Ice Cream. It was so fucking delicious and I didn’t want to drink it all at first because I was worried I wouldn’t have enough stomach for the rest of all that glorious premium beef ahead. Plus, I was heading out in the evening and didn’t want to start the night looking pregnant with a wagyu-nacho-milkshake food baby. But I did anyway! And it was worth it!
All apologies again for the shit photo-coverage. Will not make the same mistake next time.