Swan Street, you big beautiful thing. You've just been graced with yet another butchery and burger bar. And this one ticks all the boxes for ethical sourcing, attention to detail and juicy (read: mouthwatering) meat.
It's Bondi's cult butcher shop, Macelleria. And this is its first big Melbourne launch. Welcome to the party, guys.
This place is spruiked as Australia’s most desirable meat restaurant. It's an upfront, no bullshit butchery, which means they're completely transparent about where their beef comes from. Don't be surprised if you learn a little something when you drop by. For instance, did you know Cape Grim is located on the north-west tip of Tasmania and has the purest air in the world? Well that's where Marcelleria’s beef comes from. Add that to your trivia knowledge brain folder.
Alright, enough of the geography lesson. Grab a seat and bring an empty belly to this place, because it’s not only a butchery—it's also a restaurant serving nine different burgers and sandwiches, plus a signature dry aged beef steak, gourmet sausages, lamb kebabs AND chicken. Literally, you can pick your steak cut from the butchery, and these guys will cook it to order. Served up with some skin-on fries and a tangy coleslaw. How rad is that?
Burger fiends, take our advice and grab The Rubino: made with beef, pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and grilled onions. It's one hell of a burger stack. Hold on, we need a moment. *Heavy breathing*.
Phew. We’re good. While you’re at it, don’t miss their wagyu beef with a side of housemade steak sauce. Ugh, apologies for the waterfall of drool that just escaped our mouths.
Be warned: You might not be able to buy grocery store meat again after an experience at Marcelleria. It's the greatest meat concept since the cow was invented. Not that we're being dramatic or anything.
Image credit: Annika Kafcaloudis