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by JP Kyle (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia. I have a blog on Tumblr where I write articles and review books
Published February 5th 2014

The Ballarat Steakhouse, like the majority of Ballarat, is immersed in ye olde school charm. From the stained Eureka Stockade carved into the foyer's honey-brown floorboards, to the high ceilings, cream wall-paper and black and white pictures of Ballarat during the gold-rush era adorning the walls. The restaurant is spacious and welcoming with friendly staff and warm dark-wood furniture.

Now, while the Ballarat Steakhouse age their meat and base it, I've discovered that the key to the perfect steak is determined by two factors. One is the cut of meat that you select, the other is the degree in which you have it cooked.

Take my order for example:

This is the Scotch Fillet, cooked at Medium Well, with chips and garlic sauce. This is because Scotch Fillet is marbled (has veins of fat running through it) so Medium Well will ensure that the marble is cooked enough but still pink and juicy in the middle. I truly wouldn't recommend Scotch Fillet cooked at Medium or Medium Rare because a bloody lump of fat isn't appealing. For those who prefer their meat bloody (which I sometimes do), I would recommend the Porterhouse cut instead. However, if you're unsure, just ask the server to clarify, they're very helpful in this regard.

For those thinking, Ballarat is too far to drive just for a steak dinner, fear not. The Ballarat Steakhouse is part of the Squire's Loft Franchise and have a range of locations available and while I would also recommend the South Yarra and Geelong restaurants, my personal preference is for the Ballarat Steakhouse.

The Sticky Date Pudding and Double Chocolate Hot Fudge Cake (featured above) are delicious and are available at all restaurants. However, these desserts can be rich and a little too heavy straight after a meal of steak and choice of side option (you can choose from chips, baked potato or sweet potato). So my usual preference is for...

Lemon Tart
Disclaimer: The Lemon Tart isn't usually this big, I just happened to have received the last slice

The Lemon Tart, which is only available at the Ballarat Steakhouse.

Cost Breakdown:
2 Scotch Fillet Steaks
2 sauces
2 non-alcoholic drinks
2 desserts
= $104

While some people might not want to pay that much for a meal, I personally feel that the meals and service provided are worth it.
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When: Thursday & Friday Lunches - 12pm - 2:30pm Mon to Sun Dinner - 6pm - Close
Phone: (03) 5332 6777
Where: 10 Grenville Street, South Ballarat 3350
Cost: Dinner for two = $104
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Great advice on how to get the best steak, and I'm drooling over the sticky date pudding.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 3224 days ago
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