There’s nothing better than a perfectly cooked steak for a no-fuss mid-week dinner or a Friday night dinner date, and with these places cooking up some of the best meat in Melbourne, you’re sure to find something for every night of the week. Without further ado, here are Melbourne’s best steaks:
The Meat & Wine Co
Taking inspiration from its South African roots, The Meat & Wine Co is all about expertly aged and prepared steak in all its meaty glory. Here, expect your meat to be served on the bone, with a side of hefty chips, salad (because you should at least eat *something* green!) and a steak knife that we can guarantee you’ll want to take home. Luckily, you can—The Meat & Wine Co team also sell top-notch steak knives for at home meat feasts.
A Hereford Beefstuow
This Nordic inspired steakhouse has arrived in Duckboard Place with a bang. Already open in Adelaide for the past 5 years, this Danish institution of more than 40 years has decided to set up shop in Melbourne, and we're very keen. Serving up deliciously aged local steak from their custom built ageing facility in the Adelaide Hills, A Hereford Beefstuow combines great food with beautiful interiors and brilliant attention to detail in everything that is on show at the restaurant. Aside from the meat you'll find The Garden, and it's by far the best salad bar you'll ever come across—featuring fresh vegetables, soft cheese, nuts and a range of preserves to add to your own salad, you'll be visiting it more than once.
The Station Hotel
Size definitely matters at The Station Hotel, Footscray, where the steaks are all locally sourced and cooked to perfection, however, whatever which way you like them. From the 500G Gippsland Black Angus ribeye, served on the bone and with as much pepper sauce as you can handle, to the Sher Wagyu Holstein eye fillet, aka. the crème de la crème of meat, The Station Hotel know what matters when it comes to an epic feed. Oh, and there’s a duck doughnut on the menu. Need we say more?
Having recently appointed chef Dylan Kemp from The Royal Mail Hotel (they’ve a bunch of chef’s hats, don’t you know…) in the Grampians, Dutchess is one of the best hidden gems for food lovers’ in Melbourne CBD right now. The steak here is the main event—grain fed, dry aged and melt-in-your-mouth delicious, it’s seriously some of the best in the three thousands. With stunning décor, exquisite sides (that Jerusalem artichoke and goat's cheese plate is a must-eat), and wine list to match, this is one steak venue that you won’t forget in a hurry.
Dinner By Heston
Obviously, if Heston is going to serve you steak, he’s not going to plate up any old cut. The beef royal, inspired by a recipe originating in 1830, combines David Blackmore wagyu, breaded ox tongue (muuuuch more delicious than it sounds), mushroom relish and all the bells and whistles you can imagine. Of course, you’ll be lucky to get a table, but when you do it’s 100% worth it.
The Grosvenor Hotel
The main attraction at the Grosvenor is their grass-fed Angus Victorian beef, which is aged on site for six weeks to create the most mouth-watering flavours. There are five cuts available alongside the NY strip loin that is cut to order, so you won’t have to settle for anything but the best. And if you’re not feeling like beef, you can splurge on a whole suckling pig with all the trimmings, or have a glass of wine from the Grosvenor’s extensive list.
The name gives it away with this underground haven for you carnivorous Listers. Choose between pasture-fed Black Angus porterhouse, South Australian scotch fillet and a 270-day grain-fed, 3+ score Tomahawk Rib Eye, served on the bone and coming in at up to 1.2kg. If that isn’t enough for you, they have lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, crunchy chicken ribs and burnt ends that never end. Vegetarians need not try.
The Wolf and I
A popular little restaurant bar in the back end of South Yarra, The Wolf and I serves up a stellar steak special every Monday night. $20 will get you a scotch fillet steak, cooked to your liking, classic hand-cut fries and salad, with a sauce of your choice. And if you aren’t fancying a steak, this modern gastropub offers up $5 tacos, and $20 parmas and burgers throughout the week. But really, if you didn’t want steak, why are you here in the first place?
If you’re feeling like a little bit of French, head down to Entrecôte for classic bistro cuisine and the ever-popular steak-frites. Served with French fries (obviously), and a salad of radish, walnut and mixed leaves, Entrecôte’s signature dish will have you dreaming of a night in Paris in no time. Also make sure not to skip the hors d’oeuvres, with traditional escargot, caviar and tartare all necessities for an authentic French feast.
Marking itself as a premium dining venue in Melbourne’s northside, Estelle Bistro’s Chef's Hat speaks for itself. The Cape Grim Rump Cap, served with polenta, zucchini and bone marrow, is not exactly your classic meat-and-three-veg, but it’s sure to wow you with flavour, technique, and class. Estelle also has an open courtyard available for lunch and dinner, as well as an elegant private dining room for your more intimate events.
Indulge in regal beauty at the historic Alfred for a fine dining experience that shines the steak as its star of the menu. Choose from a range of cuts including a Wagyu with a marble score of 9+, all while sitting in the plush leather and dark furnishings of a classically decorated steakhouse. With locally sourced beef and sustainable seafood delectables, you can't really go wrong.
The aim at Steer is to represent the best of Australian sourced beef, and my, oh my, do they deliver. These guys really know their stuff when it comes to fine produce, so you can spare no expense and try the best of the best with a seven-course degustation menu that can only be described as heavenly. Boasting seven suppliers from across the country, as well as tataki beef and delicious entrees, the extensive menu highlights head chef Tom Ward's vision of creating Melbourne's best steak dining experience.
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