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Published September 12th 2016
A cut above your average steakhouse
Recently opening in South Yarra's Como Centre, The Meat and Wine Co has joined its sibling Victorian venues in Southbank and Hawthorn East to serve up some hearty fare with a nod to South African fare to Melbourne's South East.
So if you're a lover of the paddock to plate concept, The Meat and Wine Co is a cut above what you might expect from your run-of-the-mill steakhouse and adds some needed flair to the boutique retail area at the Como.
Inside the newly opened Meat and Wine Co South Yarra. Image:The Ideas Library
Those keen on something other than steak (or something other than meat altogether) will also find a menu that offers up options for vegetarians too.
The atmosphere here is darker and moody and a great place to come for a date night out as you sit among the wine racks. The venue also features a variety of private dining areas so it's also an ideal spot for a special celebration or a group dinner.
And while meat is only half of the namesake, the wine list here is, as one might assume, hefty. With a huge variety of options available by the glass, half bottle or bottle, there's a wine to suit any menu item. And if wine isn't your thing (really??) you'll find a solid selection of spirits, cocktails, beer and a variety of ciders too.
We started off with the Szechuan calamari served with nam jim as a small size to share and loved every bite. It's crispy with a little bit of a kick of spice and the nam jim sauce is the perfect accompaniment.
The Szechuan calamari and nim jim id definitely a winning starter. Image:The Ideas Library
You'll also find some great menu items such as Boerewors, which are grilled African beef sausages served with miele pap croquettes. If you're unfamiliar with miele pap, it's an African dish similar in consistency to porridge but made of corn kernels and maize, and it's incredibly morish.
We then moved on to (of course) steak and even the fussiest steak lover can get exactly what they want by choosing the size, cut, whether you want free range, grain fed, etc. There's also plenty of sides and sauces to add on as well.
The Meat and Wine Co serving up some seriously tasty steak in South Yarra. Image:The Ideas Library
While we didn't indulge in dessert (regrettably once we read the menu) the sweets list is certainly worth making room for and if you fancy a post-meal tipple their 'liquid dessert' menu with sweeter cocktails to end the evening will definitely have us planning a return visit.
The Meat and Wine Co is open for both lunch and dinner and is located on the ground floor of the Como Centre.