Kellie is a film and travel addict that is always looking for new things to experience.
Published October 8th 2013
More than meats the eye – beautifully cooked food
The Meat & Wine Co's mission statement is to offer an enjoyable steakhouse dining experience in a sophisticated, relaxed atmosphere and this is absolutely what they have achieved. The menu offers all you would expect of any steakhouse but the quality of the food, the level of service and the setting of the Meat & Wine Co are what you would expect from a much more expensive restaurant.
The Meat & Wine Co have two locations in Sydney, one next to the IMAX theatre at Darling Harbour and one inside the Intercontinental Hotel at Circular Quay. The Darling Harbour restaurant is in a prime location overlooking Cockle Bay and the interior is beautifully set out with indoor and outdoor dining, private function rooms and a relaxed couched bar area to take in their happy hour specials Monday to Friday. Their recent Darling Harbour renovations, rumoured to have cost seven figures, have given this steakhouse the feel and atmosphere of a much finer class dining experience.
As you would expect from a steakhouse they offer steak in every type of cut and size. In addition the menu offers all variety of ribs, other meats such as kangaroo and lamb, and a variety of flame cooked skewers that come served on what looks like a small sword. They also have quite a few fish options, chicken dishes, burgers, salads and a vegetarian option so there really should be something for every appetite. The portions are large too; a single serving of their bruschetta entree can easily be shared between two people so it would only be those truly hungry or those with big stomachs who could easily devour three courses.
One of their famous flame-grilled skewers - picture from The Meat & Wine Co Facebook page
The Meat & Wine Co is an international chain with restaurants in the UK and Middle East, though its origins come out of Africa. These African roots are evident in the menu with African sausage platters, offerings of biltong - in salads and as side dishes; as well a large variety of good quality affordable African wine. As their name suggests they also have an extensive wine list; their drinks menu alone is over 20 pages long, nine pages of which are wines. There is happy hour from 4PM- 6PM, Monday to Friday so it is a great place to meet before eating to sample one of their exotic cocktails for just $8.00. The Meat & Wine Co are also part of the Citibank Dining Program, so Citibank credit card holders can get a free bottle of wine when paying with their Citibank card.
The Meat &Wine Co is excellent value considering the quality and size of their portions. Entree prices vary between $12.00-$16.00 and mains $25.00-$40.00; so you would be looking at around $50.00 to $75.00 per person with drinks, for two or more courses. The desserts they offer, while simple and standard, are incredibly delicious - particularly their oozing chocolate fondant. There is even a platter of all five desserts from the menu for just $29.00.
Chocolate and pistachio fondant - picture from The Meat & Wine Co Facebook page
Considering the price of other restaurants with similar settings in the area, The Meat and Wine Co is excellent value for money. Their food is high quality and beautifully cooked, the service is attentive and the ambience is top notch, making it more than your usual steakhouse experience.