The steak eaters of the world can generally be divided into two main camps – those who prefer quality and those who prefer quantity. While one doesn't always exclude the other, for some people too much of a good thing is never enough.
This is certainly true when it comes to the big steak market. If a 300 gram rump doesn't come close to leaving you satisfied, you're in need of a real steak. A really BIG steak.
Seeing as the big steak market is very much a niche one, it can be difficult to locate that big hunk of meat that will satisfy the serious Brisbane carnivore.
The Morrison Hotel's Fiasco's Steakhouse claims to have been serving Brisbane's best steaks for longer than they can remember. The 'best steak in Brisbane' debate could rage on endlessly – what is not debatable is that Fiasco's Steakhouse offers what is possibly Brisbane's most affordable big steak.
Weight: 800 grams
Cut: Graziers Black Angus Rump – grain fed 180 days from Darling Downs
Where: Fiasco's Steakhouse – 640 Stanley St, Woolloongabba 4102
A Woolloongabba mainstay, the 'Piney' serves what is pound for pound probably Brisbane's best value for money big steak. The Pineapple Hotel's massive Rib Eye on the bone comes at a bargain price and is the biggest and best steak for Brisbane's budget conscious carnivores.
Cut: Nolans Rib Eye on the bone – from Gympie
Where: Pineapple Hotel Steakhouse – 706 Main St, Kangaroo Point 4169
Not your typical Aussie steak venue, Che Asado offers authentic and deliciously distinct Argentinian Asado. Cooked over hot coals and served carved, the steaks are different but delectable. Trust me when I say that Argentines know their meat. Che Asado's contribution to Brisbane's list of biggest steaks weighs in at the lower end of the big steak scale, but will still leave the meatiest appetite satiated.
Weight: 700 grams
Cut: Rib Eye on the bone – dry aged & grass fed from Tasmania
Where: Che Asado – Shop 15 Little Stanley St, Southbank
Toowong's iconic Regatta Hotel is also home to the excellent Boatshed restaurant. Here you'll be able to combine quality with your quantity. While the steak is guaranteed to be mouth-watering, the price may be equally eye-watering. Rest assured that you'll get a lot of meat for your money.
Cut: Rib eye on the bone (John Dee 'Angus Super Gold') – grain fed 150 days from the Darling Downs
Where: The Boatshed – 543 Coronation Rd, Toowong 4066
Moo Moo is the up-market option among Brisbane's biggest steaks. Moo Moo was the winner of 'Brisbane's Best Steak Restaurant' in 2011 and 2012. Quality like this doesn't come cheaply, but you will get what you pay for. Moo Moo's monster signature rump steak roast is char-grilled AND oven roasted to your liking, then carved and served at your table. The menu says this meal is for two persons. The serious steak eater may just have a go at the whole lot.
Cut: Wagyu Rump – grain fed 360 days from Darling Downs
Price: Starts from $135 (Includes sides for two persons)
Where: Moo Moo Wine Bar & Grill – The Port Office Building, 39 Edward St, Brisbane 4000
Black Hide is the reigning 'Best steak restaurant in Australia' after receiving this coveted award at the 2014 National Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence. At Australia's best steak restaurant you can also find Brisbane's most gargantuan steak. Excepting some 'Man vs Food' style professional eating challenges, I have not been able to find a bigger steak in Brisbane. The steak in question is the eye-popping 1.2kg 'Tomahawk'. A larger version of the Rib Eye on the bone, the tomahawk is the ultimate challenge available for Brisbane's steak eaters.
Cut: Angus Tomahawk (Rib Eye on the bone) – grain fed and wet aged up to 120 days
Where: Black Hide Steakhouse – 36 Caxton St, Brisbane 4000