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Published December 21st 2012
The Steaks are High for Good Quality Meat at Chophouse
Designed as a tribute to the old New York style Steakhouse – Chophouse offers a culinary and visual experience for diners who want to top up their protein sources and who desire a good quality steak.
Located in Sydney's financial district of the CBD in Bligh Street, Chophouse is a high end steakhouse which delivers high quality food and atmosphere, in a beautiful and unique fit out.
From the outside, Chophouse looks like an unassuming small café on the street, but walk inside and you will be transported into a building with unique designs representing an industrial style with hints of rawness.
Rustic tables, chalkboards hanging from walls, exposed light-bulbs, reclaimed timber and stripped walls bring a sense of industrial chic. The interior of the building has an impressive and unique 'rib cage' structure on the ceiling which is designed artistically to bring further hints of the rawness of a slaughterhouse, while being edgy and chic. It also serves to remind you that you are in a steakhouse, so don't bring your vegan or vegetarian friends here.
A good steak is worth investing money in because it brings you joy and happiness like no other, and that is why you would come to Chophouse. Don't be fooled by the name, Chophouse also offers salads and lighter options for those who are not full carnivores as well, but you really do come here for the meat.
The entrees menu consists of fresh, seasonal, and light dishes to balance with the heavier steaks on the menu, as well as having a good variety of options to choose from such as salads, seafood dishes, ravioli and bar snacks.
Entrees worth a look in include the fattoush salad served in a crisp-bread, with lettuce, tomato, sumac and a tasty herb dressing. Or you could opt for the tempura zucchini flowers with four cheeses served with tomato and avocado salsa. The special entrée for the day of and figs with goat's cheese is also amazingly delicious. Prices start from around $6 for bar snacks and go up to $23 for entrees.
The mains of course are full of meat options with a great variety to choose from high end cuts to reasonably priced specials, making it hard to choose as they all look and sound fantastic. You will have a heavy dose of food envy here indeed, but whatever you pick, you are bound to significantly boost your iron levels and top up on your protein.
The special of the day, a grain fed steak served with café de Paris butter and mashed potatoes with a side of greens and barbecue sauce, is amazing. The steak is cooked to perfection, thick, juicy and tender – a carnivores delight really. The mash is perfectly smooth and creamy and the greens taste too good for vegetables.
The chops and meat main dishes include everything from artisan pork sausages, chicken cordon bleu, veal cutlets, lamb racks and various steak cuts including grains, grass and pasture fed options, priced from $18 and up to $56.
If you really want to go all out, you can go for the plank items which include pork shanks – which is $45 for two persons, or the slow roasted short rib for $65 for two persons.
Either way, Chophouse is a great steakhouse to feed your primal instincts and enjoy a meat fest.