The Meat and Wine Co – Southbank

The Meat and Wine Co.
Southbank
http://themeatandwineco.com/

 

My girlfriend is a terrible creature of habit; she loves certain things, and is particularly fond of the steak at the Meat and Wine Co. I’ve been there before a handful of times, and having never had an overly enjoyable experience she decided that before I moved to Sydney we had to go so she could prove its worth going back for.

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After walking in and taking a seat I was taken back. Nothing about the place was familiar, it seemed completely re-invented.

The menu was long, but I got it down to two things: the wagyu rump, which I ordered medium rare, with chips and mash along with the pork ribs with onion rings. Sauce wise with the steak we ordered the Portuguese and garlic sauces, and at $4 each I had high expectations.

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The steak, a visually appealing piece of meat, came out first, uniform grill marks all over with a thin layer of basting present and a delicious aroma coming off it.

Cooked to a rare middle but medium rare elsewhere there was little complaint from me. Biting in, the tenderness was good, but it was a rump so it was nothing mind blowing, although it was better than some cut’s I’ve had before.

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Flavour and texture wise the waygu stands out, even if only subtly. A slight creaminess, a delightful sweet beefy richness and a caramelized charred in every bite, lingering just long enough to keep you wanting more. The sauces were not worth the $4, better to eat the steak as it comes.

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The Ribs were good, enjoyable but nothing special. Not nearly charred enough the first time (the picture’s from after we sent them back) and not tender enough for pork ribs. The sauce was great, layered with flavour, but let down by second rate ribs.

As for the sides, the chips and onion rings were great. Actually, the onion rings were fantastic. The mash however was average and was left barely eaten.
The Meat and Wine Co surprised me. Compared to the last time I was there it was a great experience (bar the ribs) and I can see why people come for the steaks. While I won’t be coming back I won’t have a judgmental tone of “why are you going there?” next time someone tells me they’re headed here.

 

How well it’s cooked (rareish medium) – 8.6

Flavour (basted Char) – 8.2

Tenderness (Satisfactory) – 7.3

Overall – 8.0

 

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Newmarket Hotel – St Kilda

Newmarket hotel
St Kilda
http://www.newmarketstkilda.com.au/

Long before I started Steak Me Out I’d ventured to the Newmarket hotel. It was a Wednesday and their cellar bar had just opened, Matt Preston, Marco Pierre White and Iain Hewitson were there, and while it didn’t make too much of a difference on the quality of the food, it made the night a little special.

With my impending move to Sydney, I was chasing that feeling one last time and ventured back. Walking in it all looked the same; the outfitting just as lovely, the dim lighting, rustic but chic architecture and the aroma of spices through the air.

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I have to apologize in advance for the photos, I forgot the SD card for my camera in the computer and had to borrow my sister’s iPhone.

After a small, albeit violent, discussion with my family as to what to order, we settled on a number of various things.

For myself as a starter I go the wood barbequed corn, a fish taco and a bone marrow taco.

For the mains we decided to all order one thing and split them. I got the steak, a grass fed rib eye cooked medium (because my family are heathens and don’t eat steak right), the roast chicken, st. Louis cut pork rib and the pan grilled hapuka fillet.

To go with the never ending list of mains we also ordered some potatoes and a quinoa salad.

 

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Soon after ordering the corn came out, and it was a bad start. Completely lack lustered, barely barbequed and smothered with a “sauce” which did nothing to help the dish. Definitely not worth $9.

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The tacos on the other hand were great. The marrow was roasted well and came with a slow cooked wagyu brisket, together it was heart stoppingly rich but utterly divine, you couldn’t stop eating.

The fish was equally as fantastic if not better. Flakey fish topped with a crunchy sweet coleslaw all drizzled in a tangy jalapeño mayo to tie it all together. Perfect.

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The mains came all at once, and coupled with a small table it was challenging. I’ll start with the steak, I ordered it medium so my sister and mum would eat it however it came out medium rare to rare.

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Now I wasn’t annoyed, a rib eye medium rare is my bread and butter, but I need to rate based on what I’ve ordered. Aside from the cooking, the flavour was good but lacked any sort of wow factor. It was a steak you would’ve gotten for cheap at a pub. The tenderness was the same, the dry aging did it no favours either.

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The rest of the mains were exquisite. The fish was out of control, the sauce, coupled with the fish and various types of seafood created a creamy and delicious flavour combination.

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The chicken, a standout, all elements working harmoniously, the sauce, topping, bacon, grapes and lentils making it a pleasure to eat. The only complaint was the breast being slightly dry.

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Lastly the Rib, unbelievably soft with a homemade BBQ sauce made using the slightest bit of tamarind tang with peanuts to add a textural crunch. Once again my only minor complaint is that it needed a tiny bit of chilli to hit the palate and break up the sweetness.

While the overall experience didn’t stack up to what it was, most of the food was still top quality. With the exception of the steak and corn everything was enjoyable and definitely worth returning for.

 

How well it’s cooked (Not well Enough) – 7.4

Flavour (Lacking) – 6.1

Tenderness (Rump like) – 6.0

Overall – 6.5

 
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