• Jenni Lien

New restaurant review: The Upper Deck


We can have many different types of steak experiences in this city. There are Michelin-starred transplants like Beefbar. There are hotel-housed classics like Morton’s at the Sheraton TST and the Grand Hyatt Steakhouse. There are cheap and cheerful chains like La Vache and District 8. And then once in a while, we hear of a new twist.


Enter The Upper Deck.


The Upper Deck is part of the buzzy new area near the Tung Chung waterfront extension where you’ll find the Sheraton Tung Chung and restaurants like Cabana Breeze and Maison Du Mezze. Executive Chef Faycal El Moujahid, who also heads up Cabana Breeze, has worked in various hotels and resorts across the Middle East and Asia including at The Galaxy Macao Hotel & Casino. While it’s a bit of a trip from Central (about 45 mins), you’re rewarded with great value.


As The Upper Deck is an American steakhouse, we decided to go all out with an American steakhouse meal.



These Maryland Crab Cakes ($118) were juicy and crunchy in all the right ways, and came with mango salsa and smoked chipotle sauce.




The Scallop and Pancetta ($198) were well done and accompanied with cauliflower mousseline and chicken jus.



We also tucked into The Upper Deck Caesar Salad ($88) to get some greens in before getting our steak on. This wasn’t quite as strong or garlicky as I usually like but not a bad option.


Onto the steaks!


The Upper Deck serves up both dry-aged and wet-aged steaks. We opted for a dry-aged USDA striploin ($338, 9oz) and a wet-aged USDA Prime ribeye ($328, 10oz).



My favourite was the striploin which was incredibly juicy, tender and had a clean beef-y flavour.



My friend preferred the ribeye which was, as expected, rich and fatty.



The sides ($48 each) were absolutely massive. Highly recommend the truffle mac and cheese and the garlic-y sauteed mushrooms. Definitely want to come back next time for the loaded jacket potatoes.



We ended our meal with a refreshing slice of key lime pie ($88).


Verdict

If you’re in the area, check out The Upper Deck for some tasty American steakhouse favourites. It’s an especially good option for those with kids. On the evening we visited, the communal pool table was always busy with father-son games. Even if you’re not in the area, consider a visit to this part of Hong Kong where happy hour starts from $48 and weekday lunch steak frites (steak cut of the day with Bordelaise sauce, unlimited fries and choice of tea, coffee, iced tea or soft drink) is just $148.


Shop 101, 1/F, T Bay, 9 Yi Tung Road Tung Chung, Lantau Island, 2757 8889