Burgers have always been a huge hit, and demand in Hong Kong is greater than ever – and not just for the classics. Exciting new creations and meat alternatives now adorn HK menus, with influences from around the world. We decided to give a few of them our very own grilling. Read on for our first review – Beef & Liberty.
Beef & Liberty
Here’s a burger chain that champions quality ingredients and diversity across a whole menu. All the buns can be changed to a vibrant pink beetroot vegan bun, or substituted for a mixed leaf salad instead. And all the burger choices can become an Impossible variety. You can also upgrade the 175g Australian grass-fed beef patty to a 220g NZ grass-fed wagyu. Both are hormone- and antibiotic-free – and the Austrian streaky bacon served here is nitrate-free too.
What’s on the menu?
There’s also an ever-changing special guest burger option. On our visit, it was the Japanese Pork Belly, which came slathered in rich teriyaki sauce, a vibrant Asian sesame slaw and ginger mayo all wrapped up in the house bun. Fun, funky and innovative – a wonderful homage to the land of the rising sun.
We also tried the Falafel ($115), crispy and aromatic with plant-based sriracha mayo, sesame sauce, tomato, cucumber and onion. Beautifully fragrant with a lovely contrast of textures, it’s easy to see why it’s such a big seller.
The Bacon Cheese ($148) features raclette cheese, streaky bacon and onion jam. This classic burger is juicy and well-balanced, meaty and sharp, and given the full Beef & Liberty treatment so you’ll be dreaming of the next one.
Another must-try is the Black Pepper ($148), with a double whammy of cracked black pepper and vibrant rocket leaves, tempered with raclette cheese and onion jam. Feisty and wholesome, it’s a peppery Hong Kong beauty!
Other options to seriously consider include: Chicken ($99), featuring seared thigh, slaw, sriracha and romaine lettuce; Notorious P.I.G. ($99), with braised pork, barbecue sauce, crispy bacon bits, slaw and lettuce; and the Fillet-O-Cado ($118), which marries a breaded fish fillet with avocado and tartare sauce. Look out for the latest guest burgers too.
Why we loved it
Beef & Liberty is truly a cut above: outstanding, well-sourced ingredients that come together in a spectacular end product. With the summer holidays upon us, we’ll be sneaking off to the airport an hour earlier for a tantalising pre-flight treat.
G/F, 252 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan (also at Stanley and HK Airport)
This article first appeared in the Summer 2023 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.