Food in Nepal: Chateaubriand Steak – the mother of all steaks

Chateaubriand steak in Nepal
1 kilo of Chateaubriand steak in Nepal

The mother of all steaks in Nepal or the world?

There are many claims to the largest steak in the world. Most are purpose-built. In Nepal the Chateaubriand Steak is available in a few of the steakhouses every day. It’s a monster 1 kilo steak. That’s a 2.2 pound steak.

I have no doubt there are other steaks in the world out there that a larger but Nepal this is the biggest …

Close up of a well cooked Chateaubriand steak
Close up of a well cooked Chateaubriand steak

What is a Chateaubriand Steak?

Technically a Chateaubriand Steak is actually the cut of meat. A thick slice of tenderloin. It was invented by Montmireil, the head chef for the French diplomat François-René de Chateaubriand during the Napoleonic era. It’s meant to be served with potatoes and mustard.

In Nepal it’s simply a huge slab of meat served with leak, potato, mushroom, green beans and spinach. It’s available in monstrous half kilo portions known as half Chateaubriand and a full Chateaubriand which weighs in at 1 kilo. And yes, I had one.

What does Chateaubriand steak taste like in Nepal?

Good, albeit a little filling.

It’s basically the  equivalent to having half a cow served up on a huge silver platter.

As any sane person might guess it’s really meant for 3-4 people rather than one. The additional vegetables and potato chips make it a monstrous portion to consume alone.

The meat is reasonably tender and in fairness to Nepalese chefs is very well cooked throughout. It’s covered in a light garlic butter to add to the succulent flavors oozing in from the vegetables.

While you might think it looks hideously unhealthy. The combination of vegetable and garlic make this serious slab of meat feel good to eat after an arduous trek.

Chateaubriand steak
From the side: a Chateaubriand steak

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Why is there a steak this large in a poor economically deprived country like Nepal?

Tourists and trekkers. The latter more so. There’s an old school tradition of celebrating a trek or summit by having a big meal and drink with your team. When out trekking things like meat can become quite scarce and it’s not unusual to not have any for weeks.

Coming back to either Pokhara or Kathmandu many trekkers and summiteers are craving for meat and a steak the size of a Chateaubriand is more than tempting.

All beef in Nepal comes up from Bangladesh in case you were wondering. Check out my post on last of the $2 dollar steaks in Nepal for more.

Meanwhile is you happen to have been trekking for weeks and have an insatiable craving  for a giant steak try out the Chateaubriand steak at one of the main Everest steak houses in either Kathmandu or Pokhara.

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19 Replies to “Food in Nepal: Chateaubriand Steak – the mother of all steaks”

  1. I only got the size of that steak when I saw the leek on top of it!! That’s a huge piece of red meat!!!!!

  2. Too much red meat is bad. But after 4 weeks of trekking without we demolished one of these between 2 of us!

  3. A lotta meat but tell me a good restaurant in Themal where I can get a good one. Will be there in May, 2014.

    Bob Henson

  4. And I just thought I was hungry before. This steak looks absolutely magnificent. I don’t know that it matters how much it costs, it’s a must try in my book!

  5. Looks great. I will be heading to Nepal in the near future after the monsoon, really looking forward to enjoying that steak at some point. I can see why it would appeal to trekkers who have been eating dal bhat high up in the mountains for weeks…

  6. I never heard Chateaubriand Steak is mother of all steaks but i am sure it will be very delicious. Would love to try.

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