Brunch at Blue – Butcher & Meat Specialist
We tried Blue - Butcher & Meat Specialist's re-vamped weekend brunch and here's what we thought.
Where & When
You’ll find Blue – Butcher & Meat Specialist at G/F, 108 Hollywood Road, Central and they serve brunch on Saturday 12.00pm to 3.00pm and Sunday 11.00am to 3.00pm.
Blue was renovated and re-opened in September 2016. Top quality meat is the star of the show here and you’ll see the dry-ageing room on your way into the restaurant, which should get you in a carnivorous frame of mind. It has a comfortable, down-to-earth feel with some slightly edgier industrial style trendy decor. There’s plenty of space here, and big tables, so it would be great for brunch with a group of friends.
Blue have live music at brunch every weekend which helps generate a buzzing atmosphere, and the staff were friendly and attentive.
The appetiser buffet is a meal in itself, with a big selection of salads, prawns and oysters, charcuterie and cheese. There’s plenty to choose from and it all looked and tasted very fresh.
The main courses are cooked to order, and the choices include one fish and vegetarian option, but we decided to go meat crazy, and tried the 45 day dry-aged butcher’s burger fries, all-i-oli and the UK Hereford beef 8oz tenderloin served with black truffle & parmesan fries (there’s a $250 surcharge for the steak).
The burger was melt-in-the-mouth soft without being mushy and the toppings were fresh and tasty.
The steak lived up to expectations, it was beautifully prepared and with great flavour and very tender. I also have to give both the regular and the parmesan fries a special mention, both were really moreish and I challenge you to leave any on your plate!
The salads and main courses are fairly epic, so a trip to the dessert station was purely in the name of research but the chocolate tart with a ginger biscuit base was delicious. There is also a crepe station with a big range of toppings.
All in all this is a really extensive and high quality brunch offering.
Good for Kids?
Kids can eat for free from the buffet, and add a main course for $195. Most kids will find something they like on the buffet – even it is the crepe station. The live music and bustling atmosphere means they don’t need to be super quiet, and there’s enough space not to feel hemmed in. There’s no play area or kids’ activities though, and no baby changing. They do have booster seats. This isn’t a family-oriented brunch but if you fancy it and want to bring the kids, they’d be fine.
Value for Money
Brunch here is $680 with free flow champagne (Laurent Perrier Brut Champagne), which is not bad for the quality of food. The environment is not a real show-stopper but it has a relaxed vibe that will make you happy to linger and get your money’s worth.
When: Saturday 12.00pm to 3.00pm; Sunday 11.00am to 3.00pm
Cost: $390 per adult; add $290 for free flow Laurent Perrier Champagne, cocktails, wine or beer. The starter buffet is free for under 11s, main courses are $195.
Where: G/F, 108 Hollywood Road, Central
Book: 2613 9286, or