We’re on the hunt to find the best Steak Frites The Sydney CBD has to offer.
We released a survey on the Hunter and Bligh Facebook page, asking Sydneysiders to share their opinion on the CBDs’ steaks. Based on Hunter and Bligh’s readers answers, here are the people’s top 10.
Meat & Wine Co
Based on a unique African inspired menu, with a top secret basting recipe known only to the owner, Meat & Wine Co has a steak for everyone. There are nine sauces to choose from and steak ranging from affordable grass fed and grain fed to the more decadent Wagyu, accompanied by a wide range of sides.
Rockpool Bar and Grill
Rockpool takes itself, and its steak seriously. With a signature dish of Cape Grim, dry aged 36-month-old grass fed rib eye, and many other steaks to choose from, diners are spoilt for high-end choice. The extensive wine list, adjoining bar and beautiful building, sets Rockpool apart as a more formal and elegant way to enjoy your steak and frites.
A Barossa Valley Shiraz is the house recommendation “]Chophouse is a contemporary Aussie steak house where you don’t eat: you feast. Chophouse boasts a wide range of meats, from the 1.7kg Tomahawk to share, to more manageable pasture fed, grain fed and wagyu steaks. The New York brasserie atmosphere and expansive selection of steaks and sides makes Chophouse a dining experience to remember.
Prime Steak Restaurant and Grill Room
As the longest running and self-appointed ‘most prestigious and innovative’ steak restaurant in Sydney, as well as the most awarded, Prime lives up to the hype. The incredibly extensive steak a la carte menu offers 18 different premium Australian steaks, over 350 wines to choose from, and seven house made sauces. The excellent staff and intimate atmosphere makes Prime well worth it.
Bistecca, a hidden Tuscan- style restaurant beneath the CBD, knows steak. The only main dish on the menu is one style of meat: bistecca alla fiorentina. You choose how much you want by weight, which is then presented to you before being cooked in the open kitchen situated in the centre of the dining room. The result of this ‘theatrical’ performance is delicious melt in your mouth steak with equally delicious and varied sides.
Black Bar and Grill
Go for the view and stay for the food. With sweeping views of the harbour and huge windows to maximise its glorious location, Black Bar and Grill is one of the more picturesque places to enjoy steak and frites, with an open kitchen adding to the atmosphere. There are 12 steak options available, ranging from angus to wagyu, to ribeye and an impressive drinks menu.
Sydneys premiere French restaurant knows how to do a good steak. The dark wooden interiors, lush with red velvet accents and dim lighting contribute to the intimate vintage feel, with the help of antique posters and the well stocked Bar Normandy upstairs. While steak is not the focus of the menu, the options available are varied and delicious, from the 1kg Cote de Boeuf to the more manageable Bavette steak.
Felix is renowned Sydney-wide for making diners feel they have been transported to Paris, and for their excellent steak and frites. With six signature cocktails as well as the classics, a long list of wines and outdoor seating, Felix is a unique dining experience in the heart of the CBD. The steak and frites are done simply and very well, in classic French Brasserie style.
Bambini Trust Restaurant and Wine Room
Nestled in the heritage listed St James Trust Building, opposite Hyde Park, Bambini is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With indoor and outdoor seating, the 21 year-old restaurant offers a sophisticated and intimate, yet modern, European experience. The steak and frites are done simply with high quality ingredients. The overall eating experience is enhanced by the general ambience and excellent service.
The Fairmont at The Occidental
The Fairmont is the most casual of our top ten, located in the heritage listed Occidental hotel. It has a laid back vibe and ‘old school charm’, with a choice of seven different cuts of steak, accompanied by four sauces and eight delicious sides.