A perfectly-cooked steak is a (medium) rare thing and it’s truly treasured in this meat-mad country. In our pursuit of perfection, we found a whole herd of recently-opened venues to complement our classic favourites. From fine-dining to food trucks and everything in-between, we bring you a list of the best Wagyus, Anguses and sirloins to be found in this carnivorous city.
Ribs and Rumps, Milton
Buckle up; this is going to be a juicy ride. Unleash your inner caveman with Ribs and Rumps’ famous combo plates: a 250-gram steak with a casual side of ribs. Their Gate to Plate initiative ensures complete traceability of their meat across renowned Australian producers.
Vintaged Bar + Grill, CBD
Featuring many cuts from right here in Queensland, the Hilton’s well-regarded restaurant serves up steak in style. Try the grain-fed Wagyu scotch fillet from Oakey with the steamed mushrooms, washed down with a Nebbiolo from the 11-page wine list. Best lunch all week.
Les Bubbles, Fortitude Valley
It takes a lot of guts to serve just one dish, but this new kid on the block manages to pull it off without the snobbery. Serving steak frites and champagne seven nights a week, this super-cool Parisian bistro will become your new favourite place to start the weekend.
With a whole section of the menu devoted to their Argentinean Infierno Wood Grill, Blackbird takes their steaks seriously. Their range of black Angus and Wagyu spans Queensland to Tasmania, and is served with a selection of delicious homemade sauces.
Breakfast Creek Hotel, Albion
When you want a steak without any of the fuss, line up at the Brekky Creek to select your own aged fillet straight from the cabinet. Chargrilled in front of you and served with a potato, some bacon sauce, coleslaw, slices of tomato and a bread roll, this is classic Queensland pub food at its finest.
Moo Moo, CBD
With an award-winning fit-out featuring a 12-metre monolithic granite bar top and built-in champagne walls, this is steak on the high-street. Their signature dish, a spice-rubbed one-kilo Wagyu rump cap, is designed to share among two, three or four people. Carved at the table, it makes a spectacular date night idea for the meat-lovers out there.
Pig ‘N’ Whistle, Fortitude Valley
Pig ‘N’ Whistle boasts two beer gardens, stunning high ceilings and the original exposed brickwork found at Ortiga (its predecessor). This is definitely a pub, but not as you know it. The sirloin – served with a caramelised onion and tomato tart, mushroom sauce and potato whip – is proper, delicious gastropub fare.
Black Hide Steakhouse, Petrie Terrace
It's a one-hatted restaurant AND it was named best steak in both Queensland AND Australia so how could we not include Black Hide Steakhouse by Gambaro? Think perfectly marbled, cooked to perfection, melt-in-your-mouth tender cuts of meat surrounded by complimentary accompaniments. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.
Cha Cha Char, CBD
There’s a reason Cha Cha Char is featured on everyone’s list: their steaks are simply some of the best in town. The menu details everything from the cattle breeds to the age at processing, as well as the recommended cooking length and the delicious accompaniments.
PJ’s Steaks, West End and Fortitude Valley
In the early 1930s, a guy chopped up a steak, put it in a hotdog bun and served it with cheese. Every Friday night since, people have been thanking him at around 1am. PJ’s is conveniently located on the main strips of both West End and Fortitude Valley, sealing its reputation as the ultimate in night-out snacking/feasting.
Because everyone knows that steaks should go with potatoes, Lennons serves up a pasture-fed Angus eye fillet with smoked potatoes, charred onion and spinach (for something green). This will work perfectly for a leisurely inner-city dinner.
Six Acres Restaurant, Fortitude Valley
Tucked into Rydges Hotel, this paddock-to-plate restaurant is all about a classic, simple menu with the best ingredients. Open for dinner seven days a week, pop into the brand new bistro – or take a staycation and order your steak as room service!
The Norman Hotel, Woolloongabba
Brisbane’s famous “worst vegetarian restaurant” first opened in 1889. Fed on natural grass and grains, and reared in the wide-open plains, you know this meat is superior quality. Choose your own premium cut from the chilled cabinet and watch as it’s perfectly chargrilled just for you by the experts.
The Bun Mobile, Various
A complete steal at $10, the team who started the food truck trend in Brisbane serve up the best/only Wagyu bun in town. The Bun Mobile is all about keeping it simple with slow-cooked meat, butter lettuce, shitake mushrooms and red dragon sauce (we’re not entirely sure what that is, but we’ve heard it tastes awesome). Sure, it;s not a Find their location on social media and track them down for a weeknight bite.
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