Where's the Beef?
Beef & Liberty
Famously the motto of London’s C.18th Beefsteak Club, ‘Beef and Liberty’ was once used by upper-class gents to declare the hearty rump a symbol of patriotism, liberty and prosperity. With such a do or die attitude in mind, expectations for the new Shanghai burger bar are understandably high, especially since it’s taking the helm (and location) from now closed creative burger den Gourmet Café. And while Beef & Liberty’s focus on burgers remains steadfast, their predecessor’s fancy names and novelty ingredients have been abandoned and the space radically re-conceptualised with brushed concrete walls, spiffy diner countertops and metal chairs in primary colours.
The new menu has been pared down to feature quality ingredients like lean grass-fed Australian Angus beef (ground fresh twice daily), and variants like the imported lamb burger with pickles, parsley and harissa yoghurt tzatziki. Carbo-phobes can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to the bunless burger in a hearty bowl of salad, and vegetarians can opt for the nutty falafel burger with black pepper fries and coleslaw on the side. On tap are craft brews such as Punk IPA and Rogue Dead Guy Ale, and thankfully two things from the original Gourmet Cafe remain the same – its famous selection of spiked shakes, and the outdoor patio that is so perfect for enjoying them this summer!