Hailing from Sydney and Melbourne, The Meat & Wine Co has finally arrived in Perth and it’s downright beautiful.
Taking pride of place on St Georges Terrace in the old Palace Hotel, the space is huge but still surprisingly intimate. A stunning bar greets you as you walk in and there’s an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs at work, making you feel right at home in an instant.
If you hadn’t gathered from the name, the place specialises in meat—particularly in their Monte Beef steaks and their slow cooked beef, lamb and pork ribs—but there’s something for everyone here with chicken, seafood and veggie options aplenty.
We’d recommend starting things off by sharing the szechuan calamari and the parmesan panna cotta (yes, it’s savoury panna cotta and it’s magnificent) before moving right along to one of the impressive skewered dishes. These come out hanging from their huge skewer (picture a mini kebab rotisserie, only much more delicious) atop a mound of crunchy chips—or salad for the health conscious among us—and the perfectly cooked meat slides right off. Take your pick from beef and prawn, salmon, Portuguese chicken or kangaroo—you can’t go wrong.
We hope you’re hungry, because it’s time to try and decide between the steak and ribs, plus there are a few sides you really can’t leave without trying.
In total, there are 12 different cuts of steak you can choose from and nine sauces, so the combination of flavours are endless. But if that intimidates you, the waiters are sure to help you out, OR you can just go for their grass fed Monte Beef rib eye on the bone with a red wine jus and call it a day.
If you’re not feeling steak, the slow cooked ribs are finished on a flaming grill and you can take your pick from lamb, beef or pork. If variety is your thing, get the rib platter and try all of them.
Of course, you can’t have your main without a good drop of wine. Lucky for you, the wine list is littered with local wines from the likes of Cape Mentelle, Vasse Felix, Amelia Park and Cullen, and many of them are served under Coravin, meaning you can sample some of those high-end vintages usually reserved for bottle purchases.
Now, back to those sides we mentioned. The roasted cauliflower with tahini yoghurt and almonds is an absolute must, and we also couldn’t go past the grain salad. With pumpkin, harissa yoghurt, black barley, tomato and hummus, it’s fresh and hearty all at the same time.
If you’ve got any room left after all of that, their dessert menu has all the classics as well as a cheese menu, but why not go for one of their liquid desserts and treat yourself to an apple crumble cocktail. Don’t mind if we do.