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by H. Clare Callow (subscribe)
A die-hard Melburnian who keeps being drawn away by luscious food and drinks. Be a pal and click the 'like' link below if you enjoy my article.
Published March 1st 2015
Cheap steak in the heart of the Cross?
King's Cross is a lively place even in the day time. Sitting on Darlinghurst Road, the Sugarmill is about as central as you can get to King's Cross.

The day I wandered in was a weekday, but you wouldn't have guessed it from the steady trade the Sugarmill was doing. I was lucky to get a seat. I snaffled a menu, eyed the beer options and decided to go crazy and get the $10 steak deal.
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Not bad for $10.

I have to admit, for $10 I was expecting a fairly terrible meal. I mean, $10 in King's Cross? It's unbelievably cheap. I stuck into my beer in the hopes it would deaden my palate.

Then the waitress placed my steak before me. I was impressed.

They'd got my order right, for a start. I am a 'well done' kind of gal. Yes, I admit it: I like my steak well and truly dead, with crispy brown-to-black bits on the edges. In many places doing such a thing to a good steak is considered a crime, and I do understand why. I just wish some chefs would understand my need to have my steak's juices dark and caramelised.

The chef at the Sugarmill did.

You see, it's possible to have a steak that's well done and still tender. It's possible to detect whether the meat is of good quality, whether it's a bit gristly, whether it's been handled right. Not many chefs understand that, either, but this one did. My steak was tender, chewy, with just a hint of charcoal to set the caramelised juices off.

The steak was accompanied by chips and salad, both of which were of good quality. I enjoyed my meal and was sufficiently full to need to sit and watch the crowds pass by before moving on.

I have no idea how the Sugarmill is making its money with this kind of deal, but I highly recommend it.

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Why? Cheap steak in the heart of the Cross
When: All days until late
Phone: (02) 9368 7333
Where: 33-35 Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point NSW 2011
Cost: $10
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