In September last year, my partner and I went to Slovenia alongside some friends and since we got back, my partner has been searching for steakhouses and restaurants that serve Slovenian style food (Slovenian food is delicious, I highly recommend it). The Lygon Charcoal Grill and Steakhouse Restaurant was recommended to us by our Slovenian friends and we thought we'd check it out.
Image Description: Outdoor dining area of the Lygon Charcoal Grill and Steakhouse Restaurant, which consists of a collection of small tables with white tablecloths
The restaurant itself is lovely with small intimate tables and low lighting (I have a problem with light sensitivity so this is a big plus for me), however, it's common in Europe to have an outside dining option for people to smoke. My partner and I are non-smokers so we were happy to sit inside next to the giant display cabinet of meat; this way we could watch our meal being cooked.
Image Description: a refrigerated glass display-cabinet displaying various types and cuts of meat available
In Slovenia, there are two major corporate brands of Beer: Union Beer and Lasko Beer. There's a bit of a rivalry between these two companies and the two towns the breweries are located in, our Slovenian friends told us it's very much like the rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney. While my partner was in Slovenia, he wanted to try everything, so he tried Union Beer. He thought it only fair to try Lasko as well.
Image Description: a picture of a small basket of freshly made bread and a small basket of freshly made hot chips
The freshly made hot chips were lovely but the basket of freshly made bread was divine, it was the most beautiful bread I have ever tasted, if it weren't for the fact that my partner and I had ordered a large mixed meat platter for two, I probably would have just eaten all the bread instead.
Image Description: A picture of the mixed meat platter and the mixed meat platter contains the following: 2 Steaks, Pork Shashlicks, Spicy Sausages, Lamb Cutlet, Pork neck medallion, 2 Chicken Wings, 4 Chevapchichi, a small Pljeskavica and small Kobasica
As you can observe, that's a lot of meat, however, while it was cooked on the charcoal grill, it was also melt-in-your mouth soft and tender. The meat was absolutely delicious. While I enjoyed the meal as a whole, my favourite bits of meat were the Pork neck medallions and my partner's favourite bits were the Chevapchichi, which are small skinless sausages with pork and sausage mince mixed together with spices (although there are an endless list of possible variations on the recipe and it changes from region to region and country to country). You may also notice potato salad on the tray as well, now normally I hate potato salad (yes, I know I'm weird, but I cannot stand the taste of mayonnaise), but I really liked this variation. It was warm and there was minimal sauce (mostly herbs) and although there was chopped red onion mixed in (I hate the taste of onion), the taste wasn't overpowering.
Image Description: a picture of a short black coffee
We somehow managed to get our way through most of the meat platter and even managed to share a beautiful Crème Brulee dessert between us, which I forgot to take a photo of, sorry about that (you'll just have to take my word for it). We somehow waddled our way back to the tram stop to catch a tram back to Southern Cross (I truly do not recommend driving in the CBD, there's pretty much no parking on Lygon Street or Carlton in general).