susiebbpig on 16 Fucheng Lu, near Minshang Lu 5877 7567 Meatopia by Stone Sal Price per Person: 300 Rmb
Atmosphere: There was a massive dry age cabin in the middle of the restaurant with cuts of steaks waltzing round it. Nothing could go wrong with a show case of steaks of considerable virtuosity. There was also a well equipped bar with a nicely lit display of bottles but sadly it was pretty empty.
Food: We ordered an USDA dry aged rib eye steak and a beef brisket burger to share. Before frying the steak, the waiter brought the cut of steak on a big marble stone plate and asked if we liked the cut. It was such a personal experience. The steak was not very thick and I believed it made it even harder not to overcook the steak since I liked my steak medium rare and nothing more than that. I reckoned it was the ultimate test of the chef's skills and they nailed it in making the perfect steak. The steak was well seasoned with a generous amount of pink rock salt and freshly grounded pepper too. Since the steak was dry aged, there was a remarkable depth of beefy flavor and tenderness in it. The flavor did not just go away as I swallowed the steak, it lingered onto my breath and it remained there to give you an aftertaste until I sipped some red wine or water. There was also some baked potato and tomato on the side which were excellent in balancing off the oiliness of the steak.
The beef brisket burger was a bomb. I have never found beef brisket burgers this good in Shanghai and I was so glad I finally found a quality fix so close to home and work, and at a reasonable price as well. The beef brisket was loaded with juices and barbecue sauce. It went hand in hand with the caramelized onion on top and the chopped lettuce at the bottom. The bun was toasted just right and there was a trace of salt on the plate in case you want an extra punch of flavors.
The burger came with some thickly cut fries but I didn't know about it ahead of time so I ordered an extra side of thinly cut fries. Both of them were excellent and were scotching hot and fresh when they were served.
Service: The service was impeccable and impersonal. The waiters were very attentive and detail oriented as to understanding the needs of customers. They knew when to bring napkins and ketchup on their own initiative. They knew that we were sharing the steak and burger so they offered to cut everything into halves. It was very thoughtful of them.
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