When you’re in the mood for unleashing your inner T-Rex, there’s no food more appropriate or more melt-in-your-mouth delicious than a tender, juicy steak. There’s also nothing more disappointing than rocking up to a restaurant or pub with a serious meat craving only to be met with a gristly, overcooked slab of meat. It sucks. Big time.
To prevent said dilemma, we’ve hunted down the best steaks in Auckland. From the oh-so fancy to the South American and classic pub grub, here’s 11 steaks to try in Auckland.
Jervois Steak House
Any restaurant that puts ‘steak’ in its name better put out a damn fine hunk of meat. Thankfully this Herne Bay restaurant provides the goods. Jervois Steak House will have you umming and aahing about what steak to select. There’s prime rib, Savannah angus, wagyu, Wakanui, T-bone, rib eye AND dry aged scotch. All steaks come with red wine jus and your choice of béarnaise, truffle horseradish, chipotle hollandaise, and spinach and gorgonzola. Enjoy with a side of candied kumara and you’ve got yourself an epic meat feast.
The Grill by Sean Connolly
If the consumption of steak is something you save for special occasions, let it be at The Grill by Sean Connolly. Situated in SKYCITY, The Grill doesn’t mess around when it comes to their butcher’s block. You’ll find Savannah angus (eye fillet, sirloin or rub eye), Wakanui, wagyu or an impressive 30 day-aged Florentina T-bone. Load ‘em up with red chimichurri or garlic and parsley butter and don’t forget a side of their famous mac’n’cheese.
Take a trip to Colombia with El Humero’s epic barbecue meat dishes. As the first traditional Colombian-style barbecue joint in New Zealand, El Humero serves up a killer asado menu. We’re talking 300 grams of juicy marinated steak cooked over coals with aji casero chilli sauve and salted baby ‘tatoes. You won’t find another steak like it.
El Sizzling Chorizo
Argentina is renowned for its barbecue fare and we’re stoked that it has made its way to little ol’ Auckland. Plonk yourself along the bench at El Sizzling Chorizo and get ready to sample some b-e-a-utiful steak. There’s sirloin and Savannah sirloin or 500 grams worth of fall-off-the-bone short ribs. Just be sure to eat them with the BBQ deep-fried potatoes.
Angus Steak House
Angus Steak House have been dishing out some of the biggest, baddest steaks in town for more than 40 years. Only prime New Zealand-bred Angus beef makes the cut and there’s a handy cow infographic on the menu, in case you’re not sure where your rib eye comes from. It’s all about the steak here, so don’t expect any snazzy sauces and Pinot Noir matching.
Sometimes all you want is steak and fries. Herne Bay’s beautiful bistro, Paris Butter specialises in exactly that, serving the butcher’s cut with Paris Butter butter, house fries and black garlic rouille. Round things off with a Valrhona bitter chocolate delice and you’ll be one happy diner.
The Flying Moa
Pubs have got the steak game down pat. Head to The Flying Moa in Mt Wellington when you get a hankering for a good ol’ fashioned steak. They serve their steak—Angus sirloin, rump, prime eye fillet or surf and turf—on a sizzling stone to keep it nice and warm. Pick two sides (we’re fans of the beer battered fries and sautéed green beans), a delish sauce and prepare to experience some cracking pub grub.
One Tree Grill
One Tree Grill don’t mess around when it comes to cooking up a mouth watering steak. They focus on Savannah beef and black Angus rib eye served on the bone, which are both full of flavour and tender as can be. Accompanying the Savannah is pumpkin, leek, shiitake, ox check and garlic or if you’re feeling game, the 600g Angus with peppercorn, horseradish, wild watercress and jus grass is a monstrous dish.
How does 750g worth of steak sound? If your ears just pricked up, you’re reading the right list. Apéro is known for being one of the city’s best wine bars but they also understand that vino and food go hand in hand. Grab your meat-lovin’ crew and tuck into a whopping 750g of beef rib eye alongside veges, burrata and fresh salads. The beef alone will set you back 100 bux but trust us, it is 100 per cent worth it.
Ponsonby Road Bistro
Another great restaurant nailing steak and chips is Ponsonby Road Bistro. Their dish features a perfectly chargrilled steak, chunky chips and parsley-garlic butter. Choose between scotch and eye fillet and get amongst a couple of sides—the beetroot, carrot and apple slaw will cut through any richness. Sweet tooth? Leave a corner for their famous chocolate pud.
The Engine Room
Last but not least is Northcote’s beloved bistro, The Engine Room. Known for their scrumptious yet casual neighbourhood dining fare, The Engine Room serve up a great steak frites with Hereford scotch and maitre d’hotel butter. Ideally chowed down with a glass of red.
Chicken more your thang? Here are The Best Chicken Dishes In Auckland.
Image credit: The Cozy Apron