Friday, March 04, 2011

Meat and Wine Co Melbourne

Freshwater Place 3 Queensbridge St
Southbank, VIC 3006
Ph: (03) 9696 5333
Website: Meat and Wine Co

My work mate Sari, a vacation student from New Zealand, generously offered to shout me dinner as thanks for helping him out at work during his stint. We decided to go to Meat and Wine Co after he visited it a week earlier and loved it. I had heard recommendations from other friends about this place but just never got round to going. There are far too many eating options in Melbourne.

When we arrived, I could smell the meat from far outside the restaurant already. We were seated in the outdoor undercover area, which I really liked on a warm-ish Summer's night. The menu definitely consists of a lot of steaks of various cuts and types. Seeing as it was their speciality, we both decided to go for steaks as our mains. I ordered a Rib Eye medium, while Sari got the New York well done. I glared at him and asked if he was sure he wanted it well done. He said he didn't like blood in his meat, which is fair enough. We're been constantly taught by chefs and restaurants that steaks and fish must not be fully cooked and that would be deemed a failure but what if you really like your meat well done? Who gets to be the arbitrator of how we eat things? Anyway I digress, that topic is for another blog post.

For our entrees, we decided to try the African Boerwers Sausages and just some garlic bread. The African sausages tasted good initially, but then started to taste quite bad the more I ate. There was a totally overpowering herb that I couldn't identify. I also found the polenta cakes that were served with them quite stodgy. Our mains of Steak though, were very good. My rib eye was cooked perfectly and was beautifully tender. It already had a glaze on it, but they still offer you the choice of a side (chips, vegetables, salad) and a sauce. The sauce was good but I didn't feel the steak needed it, as it was very juicy, tender, and flavoursome as it was. Sari's well done steak was still soft despite my fears.

For desserts, I got the Chocolate Fondant, while Sari got the Banoffee Pie. The fondant was ok, undercooked in the centre and a bit dry on the outside. I liked the flavour combination of the tart but as I already knew, it was super sweet and rich. I mean, you can't really combine tonnes of caramel, whippped cream, caramelised banana in a pastry shell and not get a super rich dessert.

Service was very good, with our waitress being friendly and efficient. I liked the vibe sitting in the outdoor area and seeing the passerbys and the Yarra. Something about dining al fresco really captures me. The entrees and desserts were borderline passable, but the steaks were very good. I would come back and try some different entrees and desserts with the steak, or maybe just skip those and order the steak alone.

Overall Rating: 13/20, Steaks are very good.

Scores: 1-9: Unacceptable, don't bother. 10-11: Just OK,some shortcomings. 12: Fair. 13: Getting there. 14: Recommended. 15: Good. 16: Really good. 17: Truly excellent. 18: An outstanding experience. 19-20:Approaching perfection, Victoria's best.

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  1. I had the kangaroo there and it was fantastic! I think the first time I went I had a burger and it was good too. Favorite steak place is still Squire's Loft... best ribs there too.

  2. Friends had been to the place and got poor service but the management was actually called them up the next day to apologize

  3. I always see it packed from my daily lunch walks.. ahahha.. can't be bothered to stop and look in my trackies...

  4. Michele, I do like the steak there. I've heard you speak about steak at Squire's Loft so many times that I must must get there soon.

    Michelle, bad that they got bad service, but good that they bothered to follow up and apologise.

    I-Hua, you wear trackies at lunch time? Go after work one time and try out the steak.

  5. Still not been but that is because I have station hotel as my local :)

  6. Penny, well if you have Station Hotel, you don't need Meat and Wine Co :-)

  7. I don't understand why you glared at your friend? Any competent chef should be able to cook a steak to any extent and keep it tender and full of flavour. Once upon a time people who ate their steak NOT well-done were considered strange: it appears the reverse is now true.

    Me, while I like my meat still a little pink in the middle, I'm not a big fan of blood either, so I understand why he'd ask for it well-done. On the other hand, I also don't mind steak tartare now and then.

    I've heard many good and some average things about Meat and Wine Co. One day I hope I go there and find out for myself

  8. Nothing Special Onion rings is the only dish.. rude wait staffs. Everything triple priced and dirty Ambiance We got a rude staff member telling us to leave early as if the table booked already. Steaks and Lambs were overcooked. They do not marinate before cooking and just throw the flavour on it. Salads are not filling.Stale Prawns in Parmesan & Rocket Salad caused us Indigestion. They tell you to buy fizzed imported spring water