Two of steak's most appealing attributes are its simplicity and diversity. Match your favourite of the many excellent cuts of beef (cooked exactly to your liking) with the sides of your choice and a fresh jus or gravy. Simple and delicious. Most steak diners are satisfied with exactly this. There is however, a minority of Australia's steak eaters who can never get too much of a good thing. Your typical 300 gram steak and sides just isn't enough to satisfy the most carnivorous of Melbourne's steak eaters. These are the types who drive the small but worthy big steak market.
The big steak market caters predominantly for those who prefer quantity over quality. We're talking about those who are chasing a 1kg rump or T-Bone over a premium 250 gram scotch fillet. The difficulty for these types is the scarcity of restaurants and steakhouses that offer cuts large enough to satisfy these monster appetites.
So where can Melbourne's big steak eaters sink their teeth into an appropriately large and meaty steak?
Ribs and Rumps kicks off the list of Melbourne's biggest steaks with a mammoth 1kg rump at an affordable price. If you can safely chew your way through this hunk of meat and feel like you still have room for more, Ribs & Rumps also offer the 'Meat your Match' challenge. The challenge consists of polishing off the aforementioned 1kg rump, a full rack of ribs AND 2 servings of chips. Definitely not for the faint hearted.
Weight: 1kg Cut: Grain fed rump from the Riverina region in NSW Price: $49.00 Where: Northland Shopping Centre, 2-50 Murray Rd, Preston VIC 3072
The Railway Club Hotel's signature Rib-Eye may weigh in at the lower end of the big steak scale, but it's still sure to satisfy Melbourne's biggest carnivores. Here you'll receive 750 grams of premium pasture fed Rib-Eye at a surprisingly good price when you take into account the size and quality of this cut.
Weight: 750 grams
Cut: Rib-Eye – Dry aged and pasture fed Black Angus beef from Cape Grim in Tasmania Price: $54.00
Where: 107 Raglan Street, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
The highly regarded La Luna Bistro in the iconic Carlton dining area adds a massive T-Bone to Melbourne's big steak options. The menu recommends sharing this hunk between 2 persons – the serious steak eater will down the whole lot. La Luna is all about quality fare, so while this T-Bone isn't going to let you down, you will have to pay for the privilege.
The merriest pub in Melbourne boasts that it is a 'destination for all things delicious'. This is certainly true when it comes to their monstrous 'Caveman' Rib-Eye on the bone. Again the menu encourages sharing but anyone looking for a new big steak challenge will try and chew their way through the whole tender and tasty lot.
Weight: 1 – 1.2kg
Cut: O'Connor's Rib-Eye on the bone – 30 days dry aged
Where: Crown Towers – 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006
Steak Ministry is the up-market option among Melbourne's steakhouses. If you want exceptional quality with your quantity, this is the place for you. The biggest steak available is the famous 'Tomahawk' Rib-Eye. The Steak Ministry 'Tomahawk' is probably Melbourne's biggest steak and is definitely the best quality premium big steak you'll find. If you want to take on the 'Tomahawk', you're best to ring ahead well in advance to determine and ensure its availability. A huge premium Wagyu Rib-Eye with a mable score of 5 or better doesn't come cheaply - start saving now if you crave this big melt-in-the-mouth experience.