There's nothing worse than seeing a beautiful piece of beef not being cooked with the respect it deserves, yet all too often you see cooks making mistakes. Imagine taking a piece of "butcher's favourite" ribeye and tossing it straight from the fridge and into a lukewarm pan where it stays for eight minutes before turning. Ahhhhh! What a waste of a good steak!
When cooking beef at home, we recommend referring to our Guide to Different Cuts of Beef. Not only does it tell you where each cut of beef comes from, it helps you discover some delicious recipes and the right way to cook each cut.
Don't want to risk it? Then head on out to some of these Sydney restaurants, all of which have a great reputation for serving sensational steaks. And better yet, they're all partners of Good Food Gift Card so you could gift your partner an anniversary steak dinner, or take corporates for a celebratory lunch!
Meat District Co.
Lime St, Sydney CBD
Meat District Co. aims to reawaken the senses and bring a new kind of dining to the streets of Sydney. Located in King Street Wharf, it offers an old-school mix of contemporary and rustic space and a relaxed feel that diners love. As well as burgers and ribs, Meat District Co. offers three premium and genuine cuts of beef, all served with your choice of chips or side salad.
Bah BQ Brazilian Grill
Albany St, Crows Nest
Bah BQ Brazilian Grill brings the fiery flavours of Brazil to Sydney's North Shore in a sleek and stylish way. Their meat and sides are legendary and suitable for diners of all ages. It's a popular haunt for families and friends offering a vibrant atmosphere. Feeling hungry? Then opt for the all-inclusive Churrasco priced at $59. Alternatively you can choose between a mouth-watering picanha or sirloin steak.
King Henry's Court
Henry St, Penrith
King Henry's Court is an award-winning Penrith restaurant that's known for its excellent set menus as well as its love of partying. Hosting weddings, birthdays, hens nights, trivia night and a variety of seasonal events, King Henry's Court is always a lively place to be. And if the dramatic outlook of the building doesn't get you excited, their 300g grass-fed scotch fillet sure will.
Manta Restaurant and Bar
Cooper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo
For celebration dining, you can't go past the spectacular setting at Manta Restaurant and Bar. Located on Sydney's premier dining strip – the Woolloomooloo Wharf, Manta offers an exceptional harbour dining experience with views of the city skyline. Head Chef, Daniel Hughes works with local farmers and artisans to ensure only the best is sourced and all beef is 100% grass fed and grown on the Rubis' family farm.
The Bridge Room
Bridge St, Sydney
As a three-hatted Sydney restaurant and Good Food Guide's Restaurant of the Year, The Bridge Room features an open kitchen and custom built charcoal grill that's perfect for those wanting to see how steak should be cooked. While the menu changes regularly, beef you might find includes a Rangers Valley 7+ wagyu sirloin served with grilled leeks, sorrel, smoked milk, spinach and crisp potato.
33 Cross St, Double Bay
Located in the leafy bayside village of Double Bay, Stockroom restaurant and grill is an Eastern Suburbs favourite. Friendly service and a homely flair perfectly compliment the menu, which is beautifully designed to share. Dishes on the Robata grill come with a choice of house-made Stockroom sauces, which include a carrot and peanut oil BBQ sauce, a blood orange and basil butter glaze, and a kalamata olive bearnaise.
The Strand, Dee Why
In just four short years, Aubergine has established a very loyal following among Sydney foodies and is a firm favourite of northern beaches locals. A casual dining experience, the European and Mediterranean food is kept simple, with their fine choice of ingredients speaking for themselves. A must try is their beef eye fillet with potato fondant, creamed spinach, thyme field mushroom and a rich gorgonzola jus.
South Steyne, Manly
For an extra special seaside experience, Whitewater Restaurant offers a contemporary Australian menu that's sure to excite. The impeccable menu, which includes their famous Chateaubriand served medium rare, is wonderfully complemented with excellent service, incredible water views and a subliminal wine list.
Bondi Rd, Sydney
Fat Rupert's is a labour of love for co-owners Aaron Pearce and Eli Challenger. It's quick, casual dining at its best and to keep things interesting, there's always specials to be found. The food is North American meets Modern Australian, and while the menu is nothing too fancy, it offers good, wholesome food at great prices. Here you will find a 250g Sirloin Angus Steak served with baby potatoes and a light salad for just $23. Oh and be sure to try the chocolate brownie for dessert!