Ugly American is helmed by a chef who (as the magazines say) has headed kitchens in such places as Dan Ryan's (awesome!) and Fat Angelo's (not so awesome).
The intro on their Facebook page says:
This is not a restaurant made to impress snobbish critics or high society, but rather one where chefs go to eat.
Ok, cool, so I'm not a snobbish critic (what about critics who aren't snobbish? But in any case I am not a critic...), nor hi-so, nor a chef. So am I welcome? The food told me I was not.
On their website intro, the chef says:
We measure ourselves by Asking: "would our grandmother approve?"My grandmother would not, but hey, my grandmother is not a chef. She was a bloody good cook back when she remembered things though.
Confusing manifesto aside, the restaurant's door are open to the general public, so as a member of the general public I went in.
The steak above was $299. As a member of the general public I felt that was actually pretty pricey for a neighbourhood restaurant. In the same month (June) I also went to the News Room in Quarry Bay - Press Room's new venture, still sort of my neighbourhood - and had a much more satisfying hangar steak for around the same price ($268 for 12 oz, if gran's Alzheimers hasn't quite gotten to me). The fibres seemed to have loosened up - a benefit that aging should have brought (21-day Donald Russell Dry Aged, the menu says - DR is a British brand), but the meat itself was stringy and coarse and not exactly juicy. I'm not a filet mignon kind of person - I'm not looking for the finest, silky smoothness in my beef - I want to do a little bit of chewing, to feel the meat, but eventually I want to be able to swallow it without having to gulp down rather large, dry stringy chunks of residue, thanks.
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