Steer Bar and Grill
The term ‘steakhouse’ often brings to mind the Hog’s breath-type eateries enshrined in far north Queensland; places which value quantity over quality and tend to cater for the less classy folk.
I’m not sure what Bob was expecting but when we arrived at Steer he was rather surprised by the clean, modern decor, mood lighting and distinct lack of bogans.
Unlike those other kinds of ‘steakhouse’, Steer is serious about its meat, with two whole pages of the menu dedicated to it. Grass-fed, grain fed, level of ageing, Wagyu marble score… the list went on. The waiter informed us that they encouraged sharing, so we could order a larger cut and have it cut up for us. Not being a particularly discerning meat eater I made a selection for our table based on price and weight.
Sher F1 Wagyu 1000g Rib Eye 1000g, marble score 7 ($145)
Our rib eye was presented to us first for viewing, before being taken back to the kitchen to be carved up. When our steak was presented the second time we were also faced with a selection of mustards as well as other housemade condiments.
The meat was rich, juicy and tender, although a little rarer than I would have liked. It also lacked that wonderful smokey char of the steak at Charcoal Grill.
I liked that our plates arrived with small accompaniments to the steak, rather than just being empty. There was a vibrant salad of onion, radish and parsley and a small serving of crumb-topped roasted bone marrow with mashed potato.
Sides ($8 each)
The batter was on the thick side and had a yeasty taste. These were almost like savoury doughnuts with onion in the middle. Not bad but I would have preferred a bit more onion and less batter.
Sweet Potato, Ricotta Dressing, Fennel Salad
Roasted sweet potato chunks were seasoned with Middle-Eastern spices, with strong cumin elements showing through. The sweet potato was topped with thinly shaved fennel, parsley and creamy ricotta dressing.
Classic Cobb Salad ($15)
Ripe tomato, avocado chunks, crispy fried croutons, cos lettuce leaves and juicy olives. The soft egg broke at the touch of a spoon, running through the salad to create a sort of dressing. The thick slices of bacon were wonderfully smokey and added a good finishing touch. A spectacular Cobb salad.
Berry’s Creek Mossvale Blue, from Gippsland, was served with quince paste, walnuts and walnut bread. It was creamy with an initial tang and slightly sweet aftertaste.
Desserts ($12 each)
My chocolate mousse was lovely and smooth, contrasted nicely by the dollops of salted caramel, freeze dried raspberries and vanilla-seed flecked cream. The scoop of chocolate sorbet on the side felt rather out of place: it was very dark, oversized considering how rich it was and didn’t really add anything to the rest of the dish. Could have been left out.
Flamed Bombe Alaska with apple sorbet, apple salad, rum jelly
Reese’s Peanut butter cup
Steer’s Sundae: Lemon tart, marshmallow, ice-creams
Of course I can’t help but compare it to Charcoal Grill on the Hill, the only other serious steak restaurant I’ve eaten at.
While the steak wasn’t quite as good, Steer comes out the winner with its range of quality sides, salads and desserts. Charcoal Grill’s meat is to die for but comes with nothing other than plain fries and a ‘salad’ of lightly dressed lettuce leaves.
The food total came to $241 for the four of us, or around $60 a head. (We also ordered a rather nice side of creamed spinach which I forgot to photograph, in case you’re actually doing the maths). For a 1-hat restaurant (on Chapel street too!) with food of this calibre that was an absolute bargain basement price. Sharing a larger steak definitely worked out to be quite economical. We were all full to the brim too: we could have probably have done with less sides, skipped the cheese and shared desserts and still been satisfied.
There was also a small selection of nice-sounding mains available for the non-red-meat-eaters out there, including a token vegetarian one. Overall Steer is a well-rounded universally-pleasing fine dining option that won’t break the bank. Recommended.Steer Bar and Grill 641 Chapel Street South Yarra