We asked our Adelaide readers how and where they like their Steak Frites.
Continuing our search for Australia’s top Steak frites, we released a survey to find the best of the best in Adelaide’s CBD. In rated order, here are the people’s Top 10!
Coal Cellar + Grill
Coal Cellar + Grill restaurant is not the type of restaurant for fine dining, with a place and a meal for everyone. The classy interior, featuring timber, leather, marble and exposed pillars, creates an elegant yet laid back atmosphere. The steak menu varies from the everyday $32 Angus sirloin to the decadent $95 Tomahawk steak for two. With plenty of steak toppers, sauces, sides and wines to choose from everyone is likely to leave satisfied.
Gaucho’s Argentinian first opened in 1985, and has been a popular Adelaide fixture ever since. The warm, relaxed feel of the restaurant extends to the food of which the main focus is the meat, charcoal-grilled in the open kitchen. The varied cut of steak are all butchered and aged on premises, served with unique South American sides. The wine list focuses on reds, which pair beautifully with the steak.
Cork & Cleaver
This restaurant has incredible staying power, opening in 1978 and having run for 40 years, it seems little has changed since opening. The decor and menu are both cosy and old-school, with an extensive grill menu with varied sauces and sides. From the 400g New York porterhouse ($42) to Chateaubriand for two ($96), the meat is excellent and served with minimal fuss. The wine list is well curated and the $12 cocktails are a steal.
A Heresford Beefstouw
Who knew the Danish did such excellent steak? This Danish-themed steak house is an Adelaide favourite, between the excellent steak and chic design it’s easy to see why. The steak menu is incredibly extensive, offering the likes of the grass-fed, dry-aged and and ‘extreme beef’, all served with wonderfully crisp frites and your choice of sauce – every meat eater is sure to leave satisfied. Have your meal with one of the local wines from the mostly Australian list.
La Boca Bar and Grill
This colourful and casual Argentinian joint is warm and friendly, marketed as the only restaurant to slow cook on a traditional asador (fire pit), which leaves the 8+ cuts of steak delicious and tender. The La Boca signature fire grill is a share platter for two, with a selection of wood fired meats, such as skirt steak. The truffle frites are deliciously decadent, golden brown and drizzled in truffle oil.
Angus & Co.
Boasting ‘steakhouse vibes with a modern twist’, Angus & Co. is a fun and casual place for a quick Steak Frites. The warm and rustic decor lets you know meat is the focus, with the Angus & C.o bull logo lit up on the wall. The steaks are the classic cuts of rump, sirloin, and the most decadent and expensive – the slow-cooked Angus Scotch ($36).
Fire on Unley
Fire on Unley is a warm family-friendly Argentinian steakhouse that serves up delicious steaks, served with Chimichurri sauce (a house favourite). The Texas grain-fed Scotch Fillet ($43.80) is especially unique, topped with warm pastrami, spicy caramelised onion and smoked goats cheese drizzled with balsamic reduction and potatoes. A local and European wine list, plus great cocktails rounds out the experience.
The Little Hunter
The Little Hunter is a Steak and Ale Bar that takes both its steak and beer very seriously. The setting suits this beautifully, in a huge barn space full of exposed wood and brick. The steak is delicious and affordable, ranging from a grain-fed Black Angus Rump ($29) to the grain-fed Black Angus Rib-eye ($48) served with classic thick cut frites. The long beer list is a standout, with plenty of wine also available.
Sosta Argentinian Kitchen
Sosta is an Argentinian Restaurant with plenty of old-school South American charm with plenty of dark wood, timber and crisp white linen tablecloths. The steak selection is impressive, all of which is cooked on a wood fire grill served with a range of delicious and uniques homemade sauces – such as Hongos, made with field mushrooms, porcini, truffle, rosemary and beef glaze.
Delicatessen Kitchen and Bar
Delicatessen is a contemporary French Bistro, fitted out with an elegant black and white decor. The menu is hearty, with staples of French cuisine and amazing sandwiches. The stand out, however, is the delicious, classically done Steak Frites. The Steak is perfectly cooked and juicy, while the frites are hand cut and superb. The wine menu changes frequently, with Australian and French varieties always on offer.