Melbourne's Steer isn't exactly new to the dining scene, but it's recently had a complete overhaul of both the space and the menu. And boy oh boy is it impressive.
A quiet entry into Melbourne's fine dining scene, we feel that describing Steer as a steak house reeeaaalllly doesn't do it justice.
Sitting pretty in South Yarra's Claremont Street, Steer's décor is unassuming and easy to miss from the outside. Enter, and you’ll be met with a modern colours and furnishings and an atmosphere that oozes 'cool'. While there's no doubt that Steer's focus is firmly on beef and steak, they haven’t limited themselves to being a one-trick pony.
Interestingly (especially for a steak house) Steer has a south East Asian bent to it. It's a subtle one, but certainly there, particularly in the seafood and dressings used.
We kicked things off with a selection of entrees and smaller dishes such as Kyoto Oysters served with tobiko, shiso kewpie and light kombu pickling sauce, Sher F1 Wagyu tenderloin and a silky smooth dashi broth.
We then moved things up a notch, with rice crusted Skull Island Prawns, lettuce cups, Vietnamese herbs and a house made Nuoc Mam Cham - the ultimate mix of flavours and the perfect balance between two beef dishes.
We then indulged in the star of the show - two different beef dishes. The first was a Sher Full Blood Wagyu Porterhouse and the second was a Sher f1 Wagyu Eye Fillet. In case you're wondering, Sher is a breed of beef and 'f1' refers to the purity of the breeding line. In layman's terms, this is the best of the best. Both dishes were as soft as butter and full of flavour.
We rounded the meal out with some seriously impressive desserts - a peanut butter sorbet and mousse with chocolate brownie and hot caramel sauce and secondly, a coconut pannacotta with pandan infused tapioca, tamarind gel and palm sugar ice cream.
Next time you're after the best steak of your life, this is hands down our hot tip.
Image credit: Provided by Steer