Archive for the ‘Steakhouse’ Category

After a 17 month restoration project the Gowings building has been resuscitated back to life with the QT Hotel – a hotel, spa, bar and restaurant. Inside you will find the Gowings Bar and Grill – a European style brasserie serving up seafood, steaks, woodfired meats and rotisserie fowl. Try and time your visit for Friday at lunch for the pinot and suckling pig special, if you can.

Located between the historical Gowings building and the State Theatre, the Bar & Grill has that staged New York Broadway feel to it.  Walk on in and you will taken by the slab of tuna hanging by its tail cut wide open and red raw. Hello… fish bits.

With its extensive menu, it is difficult to decide what to eat and what to forego. Everything looks like a win and equally very expensive. $38 schnitzel anyone?

crab cakes

For her entree Ms G takes on the hot spanner crab cakes ($19). I’m given a taste and already I’m hit with food envy. It’s the combination of the beautiful crumbs, fleshy crab pieces and the creamy aioli that I would happily come back for.

oysters

Sydney Rock Oysters ($5 each)

steak tartare

I’m always a sucker for steak tartare ($29) but I found myself slightly disappointed. There is no questioning the quality of the ingredients but it wasn’t the traditional steak tartare I had in mind. It was far more creamier and lacked the tang and pep I was hoping for. The shoestring fries, surprisingly came out as the hero of this dish.

yellowfin tuna tartare

Tartare of Yellowfin Tuna ($18)

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I was recently invited by the lovely Sarah Ashmore from the Pacific Restaurant Group to attend the Kingsley’s Steak and Crabhouse quarterly event, the Beef Steak Club.

And of course, I was more than happy to sign up and join the club 🙂

Traditional Beef Steak Clubs finds itself all the way back to 1700’s, a British tradition that enjoyed the circles of actors, artists and even the likes of royalty and statesmen. The Kingsley Restaurant have adapted the beef steak club so that everyone is welcome, to wine and dine in good company.

dinner table

One thing I gathered quite quickly from the Beef Steak Club is that the guests who attend, attend all of the quarterly events. They join forces to talk food, literally stuff their faces and to get absolutely annihilated by the wine.

It is an absolute onslaught of food and wine, that I was positively beside myself. So best to purge your bowel before coming.

It is also great value for money. For $90 you receive canapes, a set 4 course menu and an endless stream of matching wines. To which, I later found out that Kingsley’s don’t make a profit from these events!! They do it to reward their loyal guests and club members.

Nevertheless some of the club go-ers do tend to take the membership quite seriously. See below…

steakman

Chef

scallop

I’m not normally a scallop person but this was one of the sweetest things I have ever tasted. It was a sizeable little thing too, I’m talking 50 cents here and bloody thick. I think thats what helped keep the juices in tact. The venison chorizo was a tasty sliver of salty cured goodness while the sweetcorn puree was a creamy touch that bound it all together.

marron

The marron tail was a beautiful piece of flesh and was even prettier with the jewels of caviar drizzled all around it. Give it a good swirl and dunk into the jerusalem artichoke and get set for lift off.

wagyu

This right here, is wagyu beef cheek in all its cheeky glory. It was rich, tender, juicy and was a pure hunk of that ‘melt in mouth’ chunk of love that just kept on giving. And those braising juices weren’t bad either.

polenta

pecan pie

To finish, we were served a delicious dessert of pecan pie and honey ice cream. It was a gooey, crumbly, nutty and buttery way to complete my night.

Welcome to Beef Steak Club, for an absolute onslaught of food and wine. Over and out.

A special thank you to my hosts at the Pacific Restaurant Group for a truly wonderful night and for having me as their guest.

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Kingsley’s Steak and Crabhouse

1300 546 475

6 Cowper Wharf Rd
Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011

kingsleys.com.au

I love meat. Everybody knows it. Especially if it’s rare.

The fact is, I love to nibble away at raw minced beef. Sprinkle it with a dash of crushed rock salt and I’m done for. Yum, yum. Not many people know that about me but now you do. You and the rest of Australia of course!!

wagyu tartare

wagyu tartare, truffle aioli, pine nuts and white soy dressing $18

The wagyu tartare was kind of an abomination of your traditional steak tartare, an adaptation if you will. There was no sight of a golden yolk to forcibly crush and most of the traditional elements have drawn on alternative substitutes.

The wagyu beef was chunkier than expected and required little more gumption to consume. I couldn’t quite trace the truffle aioli and I found the dish rather sweet with the white soy dressing. The pear was a nice touch but it wasn’t enough to turn me. Unfortunately, this dish wasn’t for me.

potato scallops rosemary and truffle oil

potato scallops rosemary and truffle oil $8

I couldn’t resist the temptation of eating a potato scallop to relive one my soggy childhood memories. I even remember when they were 30 cents! They would be hot as hell, burning the living day lights out of my lips and fingers. And it would be positively soaked and dripping with oil. Just gold.

A delicious reformed and sophisticated take, these golden nuggets were lightly doused with wafts of rosemary and truffle oil. Containing a textural contrast of a crunchy exterior versus a fluffy interior. It was just perfect with a dusting of rock salt.

glazed beef short rib w BBQ sauce

glazed beef short rib with house-made BBQ sauce $32 (350grams)

Looking at this is enough to make me weep. Looking back, was enough to make me wail. This fall off the bone hunk of love, was so chunky you could carve it without a knife and rip it to shreds. So tender, so saucy, I really ought to have gotten my hands dirty, let loose and enjoyed it with candour.

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As part of January’s Sydney Festival 2012, the Festival launched in its 12th year running their annual event, Fast Festival Feasts.

Fast Festival Feasts offer either one of the following option at any of the following venues :

  • a one course and wine/bottled water for $30; or
  • two courses with wine AND bottled water for $55
I couldn’t resist the $55 offer and decided to surprise my girlfriend at Black by Ezard for her birthday. I had a feeling she wanted to come here anyway, we tend to think alike so I thought, “I want to go to which means surely she must too”.

Brioche with fresh butter and black volcano salt

We started with a loaf of piping hot brioche to share. We are not your typical fans of brioche, well… I personally find that it always sounds better than it actually tastes. Yet we both fell madly in love with it. The texture, taste and feel was a cross between a brioche and a croissant. Oh… croissants… Along with fresh a slather of butter and volcano ashen black salt, it tipped me right over the edge.

Heirloom tomato, basil sorbet, mozzarella, serrano jamon

Heirloom tomato, basil sorbet, mozzarella, serrano jamon

 

Given the two course meal deal, we elected to have one us order the entree and the other order the dessert, so we could share all three courses amongst ourselves. We began our entree with the heirloom tomato salad and the dish had nice earthy and balance of spring flavours throughout.

Organic Farm Egg, Potato cream, truffles, iberico ham, herb salad @ Black by Ezard

Organic Farm Egg, Potato cream, truffles, iberico ham, herb salad $36

As an added extra, I decided to order the luxurious and decadent organic farm egg salad. The signature dish received critical acclaim from food bloggers and food critics alike, so much so that we recently saw the price hike from $34 to $36.

The egg mound was held and wrapped inside a lattice of potato threads that was gloriously swimming in a pool of potato cream with truffle shavings and a slice of iberico ham to the side. Joey@foodiepop describes the dish as the Roll Royce version of your breakfast favourite. I however, felt that I had ordered the Lexus sleek convertible later to find out it was actually a Toyota. I was actually rather disappointed given the expectation, as well as the new price tag attached. The egg wasn’t gooey and that’s enough to make a girl pout, and the truffle? I couldn’t even taste it. Nor could Emma. I suspect we got unlucky given the positive reviews and at $36 a pop, I felt let down.

You can be the judge of the goo-o-meter.

 

Heirloom tomato, basil sorbet, mozzarella, serrano jamon @ Black by Ezard

A not-so-gooey egg being served
Grass fed angus, spinach pudding, mushroom and chive salad @ Black by Ezard

Grass fed angus, spinach pudding, mushroom and chive salad

Wow! This grass fed angus medallion was incredibly plump and juicy. You can tell but just looking at it! Every radiant slice and taste of the beef was a decadent, gratifying, silky, buttery mouthful. I am salivating just thinking about it. The mushroom and chive salad was just as stunning as the cafe au lait tinged sauce, which left me justifiably using my fingers to sweep the plate clean. I personally was not too fond of the spinach pudding which had a springy spongey texture and excessive taste of spinach. Even though I marvelled at the perfectly rounded green semi-sphere I kept it to one side.

Clover honey parfait. ginger biscuit, honeycomb and cinnamon @ Black by Ezard

Honey crunch – clover honey parfait. ginger biscuit, honeycomb and cinnamon

I couldn’t help but ring ahead and ask for the staff to personally write a happy birthday message for Emma G. Interestingly enough, this modest call lead to everybody at Black personally wishing her happy birthday at various intervals throughout the night. She was a tad overwhelmed and humbled but it all but I was very impressed with the attention to detail in sending my little message.

We finished our night with another tasty number – Honey crunch. The clover honey parfait was crumbed and coated with ginger biscuits granules. To the side we had a honeycomb piece nuzzled on top pile of cinnamon dust and together, it was a nice balance of flavours.

In all, our meal was delicious, our night was pleasant and at that price I couldn’t complain. Staff were extremely friendly and attentive which made the night all the more special for the birthday girl. The standout dish was the grass fed angus beef and despite the hype, it was not the signature dish. But for an Australian grill specialising in grass, grain, wet and dry aged beef with a price tag ranging between $45-$95 for just the beef. You would expect nothing less from the grill. I would definitely like to come back here but maybe after pay day or my annual bonus.

Welcome to Black, the star grill and a pricey one at that.

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80 Pyrmont St Map.656a974
Pyrmont, NSW 2009
02 9777 9000