A good pub steak is literally the most Australian thing there is.
If Bryan Brown were to sire a child with Australia's Golden Girl ™ Delta Goodrem, and that child (named Bruce) went on to win an Olympic Gold medal in swimming while drunk on VB and wearing a kangaroo onesie, it would still not be more Aussie than a good pub steak.
While just about every Brisbane bar worth its salt has steak of some description on the menu, for some it is something of an afterthought, while others treat it as an art form.
Here are six of the best Brisbane pubs who take their steaks seriously.
Like a wasted Arnold Schwarzenegger, we've chosen to focus on rumps, in order to make comparisons easier.
Norman Hotel | Woolloongabba
Long regarded as the benchmark when it comes to steak restaurants in Brisbane, The Norman maintains its extremely high standards to this day, producing a wide range of sumptuous cuts of meat cooked to perfection. The majority of the options on the regular menu are Queensland Diamantina beef, including the rump, which sells for $32.50. They keep things interesting with by offering various premium varieties throughout the year, though, which can be viewed in the raw when you head up to the counter to make your selection.
Deals: You won't find any cut price deals at The Norman, though in April and May you have a chance to get your name up on the honour board if you can complete the 1kg steak challenge. Better start training now.
The Caxton Hotel | Petrie Terrace
Five standard cuts, including the huge 450g rump for $27.90, and three specialty steaks headline The Cacko's famous grill. The portions are always massive, the sides ample, and you know the beef is going to be tasty. Dine at this iconic Brisbane steak restaurant if you want to feel like Fred Flintstone when he tucks in to one of his Brontosaurus steaks.
Deals: The Caxton is all about the specials. Basically, there is some awesome deal every day of the week, so you are always going to get your steak fix at a discounted price. Here we go, deep breath; Mondays are mates rates, so you pay half price, Tuesdays it's two-for-one, Wednesdays and Thursday have steak specials (so, heavily discounted), and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are Ribs & Rumps nights — you pay half price for those.
The Morrison | Woolloongabba
A Woolloongabba institution, The Morrison has been serving perfectly grilled meats to Brisbane's steak loving masses since long before your parents were born, so they know how to do it right. The 180+ days grain-fed 400g rump goes for $31, while the 800g(!) version is a very reasonable $47. Along with a range of sauces, there are three mustard options you can opt for, along with a nice choice of salads. For a few extra bucks there are some interesting toppers, too, like Oysters Kilpatrick, 60-second Calamari, and sautéed field mushrooms. You might want to check out the premium char-grilled eye filled wrapped in bacon as well.
Deals: The Morrison is a regular stop-off for punters before or after games at The Gabba, but if you are heading to Suncorp Stadium it might be worth a visit as well, as they will give you 20% off the price of your meals if you show your match ticket. For a limited time they are also doing a 300g Black Angus Rump for $19.90 at lunch.
The Newmarket | Newmarket
The Graziers Rump at Brisbane steak restaurant, The Newmarket will set you back $33 and comes with a Caesar salad and chips or mashed potato. If you're feeling all la-di-dah, $38 will get you the grain fed Black Angus rump with slow roasted tomato, baked field mushroom, char grilled pumpkin, rocket, roasted carrots and baby beets.
Deals: All steaks from the Graziers range are $10 off on Wednesdays, all day.
Belvedere Bar n Grill | Portside
No other pub on our list can match the Belvedere when it comes to wonderful views. What better way to enjoy a beautifully prepared steak than overlooking the Brisbane River with the city lights in the background? Pretty scenery wouldn't count for much if the food wasn't up to scratch, so thankfully the Belvedere comes through with flying colours in that department. With top quality beef provided by jbs, you have a choice of individual dishes or larger cuts that are meant to be shared. The Riverina rump is 120+ days grain fed, comes with your choice of sauces, is served with steak fries in rosemary, garlic and salt and costs a very reasonable $39.
Deals: You want deals?? Look at that wonderful view you tightwad! But seriously, keep an eye out for lunch and dinner specials as they come along.
Breakfast Creek Hotel
Another legendary establishment that simply cannot be ignored when talking about the steak restaurants Brisbane has to offer is the Brekky Creek Hotel. The Hotel is mostly famous for two things; its gorgeous French Renaissance-style architecture and its even-more gorgeous steaks, which have been coming off the grill since 1967. The beef is mostly sourced from South East Queensland, and you get to go up and select your own cut, which is char grilled and served with an Idaho potato, bacon sauce, coleslaw, slices of tomato and a bread roll. The Bos Indicus rump is priced at $33.
Deals: Being a Queensland icon, the Brekky Creek loves a bit of rugby league, so they offer a Monday Night Footy deal in which $30 will get you a Black Angus Rump and a schooner of beer.
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