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Published April 12th 2015
Good meat that won't break the bank
For those meat eaters out there, there is nothing better than finding a good steakhouse that delivers great tastes without needing take out a second mortgage just to foot the bill. There are a few such places around Melbourne's CBD and Rare Steakhouse on King Street is just such a place.
As you would expect, the theme here is of meat, meat and more meat. Sure there are some vegetarian options and some fish on the menu for those who have been dragged there against their will, but why would those who enjoy a good cut of fillet steak, porterhouse or a T-bone come to a steakhouse to get anything but those?
Rare Steakhouse - Steak and Mash
The boerworst starter proved a really good introduction to the meat menu, covered in a thick onion gravy and rich in the flavour that a typical boerworst should be. Starters are moderately portioned but cheap enough to warrant an introductory outing into Rare's food journey.
Moving on to mains and the steaks though are the real hero, delicious, juicy and tender. A good selection of The sides are modest but that is the key, the meat shines through and does the speaking for everything else. A choice of sauces are available with both black and green peppercorn through to a typical mushroom or red-wine jus available. The danish blue cheese sauce though is gorgeous and really sets the meat off beautifully.
Rare Steakhouse - Steak and Chips
A decent selection of desserts are available, ranging from flourless chocolate cake through classics like creme brulee and panacotta and even a selection of sorbets and an affogato. There is also a nice mix of various cheeses, from European imports and local produce.
Not overly cheap, but then what place serving free-range pure grass-fed and specialist grain fed at this quality is in Melbourne? You will be looking around the $45 mark for an average steak, more or less depending on the cut and the size. Sides, starters and desserts are very well priced though and they offer a good selection of wines to choose from, spread over a price range to please most of us.
Rare Steakhouse - Cheese Platter
This is where Rare seemingly gets its wires crossed a little. There is an overwhelming sense that it is aiming at being a fine dining establishment, but for somewhere that is devoted to the carnivores among us, I feel this sentiment is somewhat lost. Not only that but it almost makes you self conscious of tucking in to a huge slab of beef, although thankfully there aren't white table cloths so that is one consolation.
All up, Rare does exactly what it says on the tin, delivering good quality steaks at a price you won't break out in a sweat over. This place may not have the reputation of somewhere like Rockpool, but then it doesn't carry the overinflated price either, while still delivering on the flavour - and let's be fair, you're there for the meat, so when they just let the meat shine you have to be pleased. Sure there are areas it may not be 100% on but overall impressions are of a steakhouse that knows what it is doing and is always looking learn from customer feedback.