What a truly glorious time it is to live in Melbourne. In a world of vegan-friendly eggs, bright blue lattes and fairy floss EVERYTHING, the barbeque experts at The Gem are introducing the latest craze: vegetarian-friendly BBQ. Remain calm, foodies.
The long-standing Collingwood favourite has recently gotten a foodie face-lift, adding a mouth-watering selection of seasonal vegetarian dishes that make up almost half of the menu. At the moment, favourites include the stewed okra with ox heart tomato and farm house cheese (#Masterchefs?!). The smoked beets served with charred pecans, buttermilk and curds are so delightfully rich you’ll need to fend away your carnivorous friends.
Better yet, forget the forks and get dirty with The Gem’s moreish classic Texan Achiote seared chickpea stew with tortillas. With head chef Blaire Williams hailing from Bluebonnet BBQ, Lady Carolina and Longhorn Saloon, your veggie-loving palate is in good hands.
If you can’t part ways with the meat of your meat and three veg, The Gem’s authentic US-style meats are still rolling hot off the smoker. Kentucky black lamb shoulder falls apart on forkful impact, while chewy Kansas city pork ribs are addictively sticky.
In the best news you’ll meat today, your fragile foodie heart won’t be forced to pick ‘n choose at The Gem with their new change-worthy Pit Master’s Plate. Including your choice of four meats (totalling up to 400 grams of meat per person) and three sides, feast your way through creamy, no-frills mac ‘n cheese, sloppy pit beans and green chile grits. Because dinner isn’t really dinner without an excessive amount of cheesy pasta, right?
Just to test your decision-making skills, The Gem also has a range of tacos, burgers and southern fried CHICKEN. Is there nothing they can’t do?! Opt for salsa, cheese and jalapeno with Texan fries, or pit chilli with chipotle and cheese to share.
Tucked into the corner of Hotham Street and Wellington Street, The Gem’s timber-lined interior is warm and welcoming. Vintage, mismatched graphics and paintings cover most of the walls, while private upstairs rooms can accommodate your whole crew (and then some). You’ll know where to find us on the weekend…
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