Buenos Aires Polo Club
7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
There are restaurants that live in the here and the now and those that evoke nostalgia for a distinct place and period in time. Buenos Aires Polo Club falls in the latter camp – a beautiful Argentinian steakhouse that transports diners to the private members-only clubs of the 1900s – the era marking the height of Argentinian affluence.
Taking inspiration from the South American country’s penchant for grilling, and for the distinguished ‘sport of the kings,’ Buenos Aires Polo Club fuses a handsome, masculine space with a hearty menu of premium Argentinian steaks and wines.
The menu was created by Head Chef Felipe Lopez who spent more than a decade running some of Las Vegas’ most prestigious kitchens before moving to Hong Kong. In 2014 he joined the Black Sheep Restaurants family as Head Chef of New York– Italian restaurant Carbone, before being appointed to open Buenos Aires Polo Club, due to his extensive knowledge of butchery and advanced grilling techniques.
The experience at Buenos Aires Polo Club starts as soon as you step out of the seventh floor elevators at LKF Tower, where a charming host clad in a club ensemble greets you. Grab a drink at the handsome brass-topped bar, where the expert bartenders serve an excellent collection of classic clubhouse cocktails. Try the No. Ten, a refreshing blend of gin, dry vermouth and grapefruit; or the Mi Gran Cigarro, which comes enveloped in a cloud of smoke with three different spirits and notes of vanilla, coffee and tobacco.
In the main dining room, settle down on one of the lush leather banquettes, surrounded by equestrian oil paintings and old antiques sourced from the Buenos Aires San Telmo market. On the menu, there’s much to explore, starting from a selection of appetisers including flaky homemade empanadas and provoletta (Argentinian provolone cheese) served bubbling in a cast-iron skillet.
As for the steaks, they’re sourced from Argentina’s premier open-range cattle station, General Pico, where the Black Angus herd is allowed to roam freely on the grasslands. As anyone from Argentina will tell you, the meat is flavourful and needs little more than a simple dry rub and a grill over a hardwood fire to develop a dark, charcoal-like crust before it’s ready to devour.
You can’t go wrong with the bone-in ribeye for a classic steak packed full of beefy flavour, or the thick-cut 16-oz chateaubriand for two, encased in salt before being cooked and presented in thick, juicy slabs at the table. Pair either with a selection of tasty sides including baked sweet potato with manchego and chorizo, creamed spinach, eggplant escabeche and maitake mushrooms with garlic and parsley. Complete your dining experience with a selection from the Argentinian-focused wine cellar.
While Buenos Aires Polo Club is not truly a private member’s club, loyal customers still receive a special VIP perk: your own beautiful antique steak knife, polished and kept specially behind a glass wall cabinet in the dining room ready for your next visit.
With dark wooden interiors and windowless rooms creating a sense of privacy and intimacy, and touches of equestrian accents throughout, it’s easy to forget you’re in Hong Kong and be swept away in the aura and mystery of old-world Argentina.