In the high stakes game of all things grilled, Perth boasts some serious winners that won’t disappoint when the need for an iron fix hits.
Charred and crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside; sometimes, there’s really nothing better than a good steak. Need a reminder? Here’s where to eat some of Perth’s best steaks.
Rockpool Bar & Grill
Neil Perry’s steak still well and truly lives up to its reputation at Perth’s crown jewel of all things grilled, Rockpool. Their signature wood fire grill and open kitchen pump out some seriously sophisticated steaks night after night, so it’s a bit of a no-brainer when you’re looking to sink your teeth into something meaty.
If you like your steak with a side of sangria, Ascua is your go-to. Their 40-day dry-aged beef tomahawk is seriously delicious—it’s designed to share but once you get a bite you might be making it your main. Otherwise, they also do a big ol’ 280g sirloin steak that should hit the spot too.
When there’s a dedicated steak section on the menu, you know you’ve hit the meat lover’s jackpot. Grilling up anything from a 200g tenderloin to a 1kg tomahawk that you should probably share among a group of four at the very least, Mayfair Lane is providing the goods when it comes to steak. Theirs are served up with chips or duck fat potatoes (drool), as well as mushroom ragout, red wine jus or béarnaise (double drool).
Order the Fiorentina at La Sosta and you'll get a whopping one kilo Princi Black Range t-bone that's been dry aged for 45 days. Served on a grill at your table, this juicy hunk of meat is best enjoyed cooked no more than medium rare and served with veggies.
The 400g sirloin tasting board at Samson’s Paddock is damn fine on its own, but get it with one of their whisky pairings—it’s kind of their thing. Their list of steak and whisky pairings would make Ron Swanson smile, with options ranging from entry level to old and rare. Time it around the daily 5pm happy hour and you’ll be smiling for sure.
Hunter & Barrel
With a menu that’s all about meats cooked low and slow, it’s no surprise that Hunter & Barrel make a pretty mean steak. Scroll your eyes straight down the menu to the steak section and choose from rump, rib eye or eye fillet at varying weights with either an in-house basting or pink rock salt and lemon. Get it served up with thick cut chips or a green salad.
The Old Brewery
It’s a steak with a view at The Old Brewery, where Black Angus and Wagyu beef cuts come grilled to perfection with caramelised lemon and an assortment of mustards. It comes at a premium, but the Yearling grass fed 1kg sirloin on the bone is exceptionally good and feeds a few. Great beers and wines to boot.
For steak with a bit of Peruvian flair, head to Uma at the Pan Pacific. They're serving primo 30-day dry aged Gingin grass-fed beef with their house-made kombucha mustard. Choose between a 250g eye fillet, 400g striploin or 400g rib eye on the bone.
Dishing out a very serviceable 1kg dry aged tomahawk for just $80, Market Grounds is sure to fit the bill when the whole squad needs meat. It comes with a béarnaise sauce, mustard, house BBQ sauce, shoestring fries and a watercress salad.
It’s one of the newer spots in town, but The Camfield's grill is cooking up some quality steaks that are very welcome on the scene. Their Stirling Ranges scotch fillet is served with a delectable peppercorn sauce and salad garnish—you won't be disappointed.
The Meat & Wine Co
With an entire section of the menu dedicated to steak, plenty of meat-filled good times are to be had at The Meat & Wine Co. There are loads of sauces to choose from, including Portuguese, hot African chilli and blue cheese, and each dish is served with crunchy chips or salad.
Bib & Tucker
Quintessential Perth dining, Bib & Tucker is not falling behind in the steak game. Their charcoal roasted Cape Grim sirloin is a winner—served with charred cavolo nero, parsnip and a delicious Tassie mountain pepper jus. Add some crispy roasted blue potatoes for good measure.
It may be relegated to a ‘special occasions only’ venue, but we reckon the steak at Bistro Guillaume is worth a trip to Crown Island any day of the week. Their sirloin comes with crispy potatoes, watercress salad and a classic béarnaise sauce, not to mention river views—or split the Chateaubriand designed for two.
With the same head chef as Bib & Tucker, you know Goody Two's charred cape grim sirloin is a good thing. Served with house condiments, this one's best enjoyed with their Japanese whiskys.
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