Where to find the best steaks in Brisbane
Got a beef with Brisbane? We didn’t think so. Our world-class Australian steak is served fresh from the paddock to the plate, and the River City has plenty of restaurants that more than deserve their licence to grill. Visit Brisbane has herded together the city's best choice cuts.
Breakfast Creek Hotel
The first test you'll face at Brekkie Creek is whether to duck into the Spanish Garden Steakhouse or sit in the laid-back, open-air surrounds of the Staghorn Beer Garden. Either way, you're destined for some quality cuts in a pub that is a Brisbane icon to its core. Try the dry-aged rib eye on the bone, which the pub calls "the king of beef". You'd also be mad to not get a XXXX from the freshly tapped wood cask (one of the few pubs in Australia that still has it).
Black Hide Steakhouse, Caxton Street
If you're heading to Suncorp Stadium and on the prowl for an amazing piece of beef after the game, Black Hide is the place to go. The famous Gambaro name – a family dynasty synonymous with incredible Brisbane food – is on the restaurant's sign, so you know there's a wealth of experience manning the grill. And if that doesn't convince you, all of Black Hide's steaks come with Wagyu fat roasted potatoes. The Wagyu eye fillet or the Angus rib eye are the perfect post-game cuts. The wine list is...extensive, so be sure to tap on your waiter's shoulder and ask for the best fit.
Les Bubbles, Fortitude Valley
We couldn't put together a list of Brisbane's best steaks without including Les Bubbles. You won't find kilo monsters or hulking slabs of beef on the bone taking up the grill space here. Instead, the house specialty steak frites (cooked medium rare, unless you specify otherwise) with bottomless frites (drool) is what the punters come back for time and again. That and the extensive list of bubbles and champagne. Sacre bleu.
The Norman Hotel, Woolloongabba
If a hotel claims it is a city’s “worst vegetarian restaurant”, then its steak had better be good. Fortunately, this is the case at Woolloongabba’s Norman Hotel. Better still, you can take a Master Steak BBQ Cooking Class in this 1889 establishment (classes reopening August 2020), where, for two hours, you’ll enjoy beer, wine and a main dish, learn how to sear a steak, and leave with an apron.
Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill, Brisbane City
No guesses here for what this wine bar and grill prides itself on. Located in the city at the Port Office Building (opposite the Port Office Hotel), it’s premium quality export beef you’ll be served here, along with some sensational Australian and international wine. Try the spice-rubbed 1kg Angus rump roast – if you dare. It's carved at the table and serves two.
Old school hospitality and mouthwatering dry-aged beef come with a seasonal menu at this city institution.
The Morrison, Woolloongabba
Some locals reckon the steak at Woolloongabba’s Morrison Hotel is the best in town. The menu is packed with tasty options, including the Wagyu sirloin or the Morrison rib eye, and you’ll have plenty of reasons to taste-test. Throw some prawns or mushrooms on top of your steak and really see it sing.
Kingsleys Brisbane, Eagle Street, CBD
Kingsleys is serious about steak (and crab). Its steak philosophy is to serve premium quality beef in a simple manner, char-grilled and lightly seasoned, allowing the true flavour and texture to be appreciated. Waterfont views, a relaxed vibe and sensational steak. Count us in.
Montrachet, Bowen Hills
Ooh la la! A French chef telling the Aussies how to cook steak? Rest assured, the Filet De Bouef (eye fillet) at this Paddington establishment is die for. You also have a choice of either bearnaise or green peppercorn sauce. But book in advance – this French restaurant is tres popular.
The Boatshed - Regatta Hotel, Toowong
Traditional dry-aged beef is on the menu at this heritage hotel on the river at Toowong. There's a huge selection, including the 1kg rib eye on the bone – recommended for two. Just as well this modern dining room is as friendly as it is functional, as you’re likely to find a mate or two here.
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