The Wilde – Fitzroy

25 Jul

The Wilde
Fitzroy
http://www.thewilde.com.au/

 

I first saw the place when I was doing an eating tour of Gertrude st with a couple of friends and noted it down, no idea what it was I used good to find out it was Wilde, a “UK influenced pub” It took me about 6 months, but I made it back there.

Walking in you can really tell its UK inspired, rustic, wooden and old with almost every piece of furniture being mismatched; not to mention the old piano, typewriter and hand-pumping beer tap.

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They had only one steak on the menu, a 300g porterhouse with chips and a salad served with either horseradish cream or rosemary and anchovy butter. I placed my order for rare, and a friend of mine went for a medium rare steak.

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20 minutes later it came out, and it looked and smelled amazing. Not at all what I was expecting; The Napier (HL) had put me off porterhouses, and pubs doing steaks in general, so seeing this was a nice surprise.

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It was definitely chargrilled, and with the butter oozing down the sides I cut into it and it was an almost perfect rare. Taking my first bite it was fatty with hints of beefiness, then a good hit of char helped by the significant crunch of the burnt bits. The butter on top was superb, one of the best I’ve had and just married well into the meat, probably increasing the flavour to well over what I would’ve given it without.

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The only drawback was the tenderness, a bit chewy in places. As for the chips, they were also great; fantastic homemade and double cooked. Crunchy and fluffy, they were great by themselves, though even better with the melted butter and steak juices on the plate.

The Wilde is a really cozy and quaint establishment, and it did remind me of being back in England. They can cook their steak well and the flavour they produce with that butter and chargrill is worth checking out.

 

How well it’s cooked ( Rare ) – 9.5

Flavour (buttery burnt joy) – 7.5

Tenderness ( slightly tough) – 6

Overall – 7.6

 

 

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Peacock Inn Hotel – Northcote

23 Jul

Peacock Inn Hotel
Northcote
http://www.peacockinnhotel.com.au/

 

My original review for the Peacock Hotel was meant to be a while ago, however due to bad timing (their kitchen closes between 3 and 6) I went elsewhere.

I finally made it back and from memory the menu had not changed at all.

I walked up to the bar and ordered the 400g grass fed rib eye, cooked to a medium rare with their mushroom sauce, pink peppercorn butter and the gravy all on the side. It was served with hand cut chips and salad; standard pub offerings in my opinion.

After a 25 minute wait it arrived and my first observation was the “hand cut chips” were planks.

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I started with one of those and it wasn’t great, not crunchy on the outside and not cooked fully on the inside. I would have definitely preferred normal chips to these.

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I started with the steak next. It began around a medium well, and went down towards a medium in the middle. It was grainy due to the overcooking, and had lost a fair amount of tenderness that a rib eye should carry.

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Both the gravy and mushroom sauce were average and slightly flavourless; it tasted like a gravox packet mix if I’m being honest. The butter however was nice, melted over the steak it created a somewhat enjoyable flavor, and was probably the only reason I finished it. It was charred, seasoned well, with added butter creating a slightly fatty and to some extent a beefy flavour.

 

How well it’s cooked ( laughable) – 4.5

Flavour ( Butter is better) – 6.5

Tenderness ( below average) – 4

Overall – 5

 

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