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 12 of Perth’s best steaks.
Cook & Mason
Though their menu changes regularly, Cook & Mason's custom made wood fire grill isn’t going anywhere—so you can pretty much bank on there being some expertly cooked Blackwood Valley beef on offer when the craving hits. Chef Gord Kahle’s steak has been said to rival Rockpool for top honour—it’s first class food without the fanfare at this easy-going neighbourhood joint.
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 rump steak that should hit the spot too!
When there’s a dedicated ‘Aged Steaks’ 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 amongst 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) and mushroom ragout or béarnaise (double drool).
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 & 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—a near impossible decision, we know (chips, obvs).
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 jus, crispy kipflers and cress salad. 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!
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 fermented garlic cream, mustard, herb dressing and shoestring fries. Yes please!
It’s one of the newer spots in town, but The Camfield's grill is producing some quality steaks that are very welcome on the scene. Go for the scotch fillet or the porterhouse on the bone—either way, you won’t be disappointed.
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 salt baked celeriac, red mustard leaf and a delicious jus. Add some wood roasted parsnips and shallots 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 Wagyu rib eye designed for two.
Sneaking in with a beef brisket is the Guildford Hotel; their ‘pitmaster’s selection’ can’t be overlooked when talking meat. Rubbed and basted with Texan spices, smoked low and slow, and then served with red cabbage, miso mash and pickles, their Butterfields beef brisket is worth a go for a steak with a difference.
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