Top 10 Steak Frites: Melbourne
Continuing our search for the best Steak Frites in each Australian capital city, we turn our attention to Melbourne.
We released a survey to Hunter and Blighs’ Melbournite population, wanting to know how, where and how much Melbourne likes their steak. Here’s what we found:
Rockpool Bar and Grill
The Melbourne extension of Rockpool, with a sleek, modern interior, keeps the excellent food and service of the Sydney flagship, continuing to go above and beyond. The focal point of the restaurant – fiery grill kitchen, meat locker on full display, and photos of cattle decorating the walls – lets you know this is, first and foremost, a proud steak restaurant. The floor to ceiling wine rack holds an impressive range, and with ten steaks and fifteen sides to choose from, there is something for everyone.
Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel
After several name changes and renovations over the years, the Fitzroy Town Hotel Restaurant has been transformed to so much more than a pub dining room. There is the more casual sun-drenched conservatory eating area, or the formal dining area where the hotel really shines. The menu is a varied blend of French and modern Australian cuisine, served in a stylish dining room, managed by well-informed staff. The meat is grilled over a red gum firewood BBQ, and the five variations of steak are served with flavour specific sides.
La Luna Bistro
La Luna serves excellently executed steaks in a classic, laid back setting. Meat is the focus of the menu, exemplified by the chalkboard art of animals and their best cuts that line the walls. The menu boasts six beef cuts, all grass-fed and dry-aged for sixty days, accompanied by your choice of six sides and a BYO bottle or two.
Garçon Paris Steakhouse
This French steakhouse is undoubtedly the coolest in Melbourne, if not Australia. The decor, food and ambience are inspired by Paris in the 1980’s – something Garçon pulls off all too well. The signature dish of steak and bottomless frites are served with Cafe de Paris Butter and a side salad. The indoor-outdoor seating, distinctive neon sign, retro aesthetic, and delicious food makes Garçon stand out in a city renowned for its dining scene.
You can’t go wrong with a set menu of a single dish: Steak and frites. The frites are never ending and the steak is a grilled, pasture-fed Cape Grim (250g) Angus Porterhouse. Entrecôte is based on the French values of serving simple, delicious food until late, in a paired-back and elegant setting. With a cocktail-filled happy hour, bottles of French and Australian wines alike, as well as a varied French menu, everyone will leave Entrecôte satisfied.
Capturing the best of Argentinian culture and cuisine, San Telmo loves its’ steak. Designed to share, the menu focuses on a wide array of meat and sides with distinctive South American flair. The bar and restaurant centre around a flame grill and three-metre-long custom charcoal parilla grill. The restaurant is authentic and inviting, decorated with cowhides, vintage doors and posters.
Steer Dining Room
Steer is a modern New York-style steakhouse with Japanese and South-East-Asian influences. Steak is the star of the menu with a choice of 18 different Angus and Wagyu grass and grain-fed cuts. There is a decent wine list as well as cocktails from the bar, all served in a sleek, spacious setting.
L’Hotel Gitan is a high-end gastro-pub with a simple and appealing French based menu, with seven different steaks to choose from. The iconic pub, with its’ art deco bones, is the perfect venue for the style of food. There are a range of seating and setting options, including a bistro setting, outdoor tables and a casual bar set-up for walk-ins. The wine list features both local and European varieties, with plenty of beer and cider on tap.
Becco is all about classic Italian comfort food, no twists or reinventions necessary. Warm lighting, white tablecloths and sturdy furniture, gives Becco an old school charm. The three cuts of steak come with unique sides which can be paired with a glass, decanter, or bottle of wine from the extensive list.
Florentino Grill is a fast paced, sophisticated, yet laid back Tuscan-influenced restaurant, specialising in Angus and Wagyu bistecca-style steak. Florentino Grill is newly refurbished with an open-style kitchen where you can watch your steak be prepared – the restaurant the bringing meat into the forefront of the dining experience. A strong selection of antipasti and wines round out this steak experience.