Darling Harbour, NSW
Steersons is located right on the water of King’s Wharf and has a great view out onto the water, it makes for a pleasant backdrop to eat a steak.
A friend of mine was up from Melbourne and we decided to give it a go, I ordered the Riverena River 8 week’s dry aged rib eye done medium rare.
We waited for what seemed to be 45 minutes, I didn’t actually time it unfortunately but I’m sure it was up of 30 minutes.
When the food arrived it came out looking charred nicely with prominent grill lines. It was a big decent piece of meat for the size I had expected but unfortunately had no salt.
The salt shaker on the table didn’t work well which didn’t help the cause and the steak was unevenly cooked, rare in some places, medium rare in others.
The flavor of the meat was bold and beefy coupled with the char was great, the minor downside was the salt and the cooking, I had not problem with the rare but at the same time the fat hadn’t melted in.
Overall not a bad steak, but you could find more for less elsewhere, you’d go for the view and outdoor atmosphere
How well it’s cooked – 8.2
Flavour – 6.5
Tenderness – 6.2
Overall – 6.9
The Dolphin Hotel
Surry Hills, NSW
The Dolphin does a 2 for 1 on a Monday and I made my way there to eat two meals with one order, their Wagyu burger and the 400g scotch fillet.
I ordered the steak medium rare and got potato gratin as the side with a truffle jus for sauce.
The burger came out first and was a real meal, I mean it was packed with toppings and stood pretty high served with a side of chips, but overall it was just another burger, there was no wow factor or standout flavours.
The steak took 40 minutes to arrive, it was borderline ridiculous but when it did it looked great.
Lovely grill marks but a touch over medium rare. It was tender and juicy and had been rested well, my favourite thing about the steak at the dolphin is the salts they had to go with it, the steak came unseasoned but you were able to choose from around 7 different flavours salts including the following, smoked, coffee, wattle, lemon myrtle and many more.
Taken as a whole, the flavour carried a char and nice texture and tenderness but quite a light and unsubstantial beefiness, the truffle jus however was simply incredible, worth spilling blood over.
How well it’s cooked – 7.9
Flavour – 6.7
Tenderness – 7.2
Overall – 7.3