If you want to eat beef like a bawse there are more than a handful of places to curb a good steak craving in this city, but there are certainly ones that outshine others. Although I tend to favor quirky eateries with menu items that would make a picky eater blush, I’ve made the rounds through my fair share of pricey steak houses and I recently found one that’s pretty much fit for a king. Or a 25 year old that doesnt mind giving up cable for a month so they can afford to spend some cash-money like one. Hey, we all have priorities, right?
Mooo, located inside the luxurious XV Beacon Hotel is sleek and sophisticated yet somehow feels relaxed. Servers whisk through the dining room like silent ninjas while guests kick back in the kind of comfortable seating you’d find in only the most lavish of Beacon Hill living rooms. You can go private and cozy at one of the corner tables, or sit a little closer to the lively bar area. We went cozy, sitting in what can only be described as THE throne of all chairs, which was perfect seeing as we balled so hard I was practically passing out from a severe food coma after licking the dessert plate, but I’ll get to that.
Where my obsession with Mooo resides is in the menu. They do a great job of straddling the line between classic and modern steak house offerings, and the attention to detail is insane. Let’s take our first app for instance.
Caramelized Sea Scallops pan seared and served over parsnip puree, melted leeks, and exotic mushrooms. In one word — unbelievable — and I hope you don’t get sick of hearing that, because if I make it to the end of this post without using it another two or three times I’ll be shocked. Bouncy scallops with a candied exterior, the puree was heavenly. The first foodgasm of the evening, and definitely not the last.
Next up were the American Wagyu Dumplings made with house-ground kobe beef wrapped inside a flour dumpling. Steamed to perfection and served swimming in a black bean and sweet chili soy sauce topped with mint cilantro, this starter is pretty much a no-brainer. It’s unreal, no wonder it’s the number one selling app on the menu. It’s definitely fit for a show down with The Woodward’s short rib tortelini, and it may skew my opinion of steamed dumplings forever, but one can simply not go through an entire lifetime without eating at least 3 dozen of these. Minimum.
Our sides started to arrive before the main attraction, and I’m actually embarassed to admit how giddy we got. The Mooo Lobster Mac & Cheese (above) and the Exotic Mushrooms (below) were the ideal compliment to our main course. You can really never go wrong with Mac n’ Cheese, espcially when it’s got extras inside and buttered bread creambs on top and the mix of Shitake, Mitake and King Oysters mushrooms added a nice lightness to our gorge-fest.
But then…. and here’s where Beyonce lent her hand to the title, because I really don’t think you are ready for this beef welly….
I don’t know if anyone is. 8 oz filet mignon topped with a layer of spinach, topped with a layer of fois gras surrounded by a flaky puff pastry. Presented at the perfect medium-rare temp, my jaw literally hit the table when this came out. Which was perfect, since I immediately started shoving bites of it inside my mouth. I’m not sure if Beef Wellington ever went out of style, but if it did then Moo is bringing it back HARD. Un-be-lievable. There, I said it.
I dont know what I was more excited about, the beef wellington or the Bananas Foster, which was the final element to our outstanding feast. Where do I even begin?! It’s a heafty serving of vanilla ice cream, caramelized bananas and banana rum sauce. I’m pretty sure I burst into tears of joy when this was delivered. At this point I was honestly so full I think my brain was shutting down, good thing it doesnt take that much thought to lift a spoon to your mouth. Note-to-self: I need more bananas foster in my life.
Overall, what really drew me to Mooo was the fact that it is a classy steak house, but doesnt shy away from trying out new things. It’s a modern steakhouse that’s actually modern. It’s bold, it’s daring, and everything tastes… unbelievable! Completely overwhelmed by the awesomeness that is Mooo, I’m already making plans to try out their 3-course prix fixe lunch menu which they offer daily for just $25. Ummm, can you say AMAZING?! I may be able to handle beef welly on the reg, but my bank account certainly can not.