Last time I was in Vilnius in June I heard there was a new steak house worth visiting. As you may know my favourite steak house is Markus ir Ko on M. Antokolskio g. just off Stiklių g. so I had to compare.
The new place is called böff. The name is a play on words. It’s obviously not a Lithuanian name as it contains an umlaut but if you pronounce it as a German word it sounds like boeuf, the french word for beef.
Anyway enough of the wordplay what is it like? It’s across the river from the Cathedral on Olimpiečių 1 and you can see it from the castle. Just look across the river for two large boulders and there it is.
As it was a Friday evening I’d booked in advance which was just as well as it was pretty full and they were turning people away.
The staff were very attentive and spoke good English so a good start.
I decided to start with a salmon wrap – a bit unusual for me . I’m not a big fan of wraps but it was was OK.
They offered me a sauce with the steak which I thought I’d try but it wasn’t spicy or peppery enough for my taste.
But the steak was really great as was the Malbec wine.
The whole meal cost me 139 Litas which I thought was good value for money by UK standards ( I just paid 230 Litas for a similar meal in Birmingham, England). The service was very good especially considering how busy it was.
I’ll recommend it my colleague who is visiting next month and get his opinion.
Is it better than Markus? Well I think the steaks are equally as good judging by my one visit to böff and the service is better than at Markus.
But for all that I think I’ll stick to Markus. The fillet mignon there is wonderful (and so big we’ve had to downsize to the medium serving. Markus does generous portions). And despite the rudimentary level of customer service it has a good atmosphere especially when the jazz pianists are performing.
Markus ir Ko is also close to Stiklių g. and the wine bar Notre Vie is just on the corner opposite, ideal for a nightcap to round off the night.