Steer Bar and Grill

Dining Out: Steer Bar & Grill, South Yarra

by April@MyFoodTrail on November 25, 2011

in Dining Out, South Yarra, Steakhouse

Steer Bar & Grill
637 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC
(03) 9040 1188
Cuisine: Steakhouse
Prices: $6 for house smoked bacon to $295 for 1.5kg David Blackmore wagyu ribeye

When people find out you’re a food blogger, one of the questions you get asked a lot is what is your favourite restaurant? That’s almost like asking who’s your favourite child… it’s a hard question to answer and I’m not sure I could choose! There are so many great restaurants in Melbourne and it depends on what you are after. However, after visiting Steer, I can now say that my favourite place for steak is definitely Steer Bar & Grill!

Steer, South Yarra - Outside

Outside Steer

The quality of steaks at Steer is top notch and the passion head chef, Shaun Nielsen, has for beef is evident in the selection of cuts and breeds available. Hubby and I agree that the steak we have had at Steer is probably the best we’ve had. I normally have to have some kind of sauce with my beef, but at Steer, the quality and flavour of the steak is so good, no sauce is necessary. They also cook the steak to perfection and rest it well so there is hardly any “juice” leaking out when you cut the steak, but it is still so tender.

Steer, South Yarra - Massive Steer statue

Massive “Steer” at the front of the restaurant

We’ve been to Steer twice, the first time with Mrs L and Mr M. It was rather dark so you’ll have to excuse my photos. The second time we went it was just me and hubby, and we got a table next to the window, so the photos are much better.

One of the things that differentiates Steer Bar & Grill from other steakhouses is how the waiter brings over a huge wooden board with the different cuts of meat and takes the time to explain what they all are. They also have no hesitation answering all your beef related questions. The most eye-catching piece of beef was “The Cowboy”, 1400g of Rangers Valley 300+ Days Grain Fed Rib eye, with what looks like the entire rib bone attached! It reminded hubby of the Brontosaurus Steaks Dino used to eat on the Flinstones!

The first time we visited, we started off with a selection of appetisers. All appetisers are $12, with exception of the deli appetisers, which range in price from $6 to $28.

The house smoked bacon with homemade BBQ sauce was divine. The bacon was deliciously smoky and meaty. We were all disappointed we only could have a small piece each as there were only four pieces on the platter!

Steer - House smoked bacon $6

Grilled house smoked bacon with housemade BBQ sauce $6

Mr M has been mad about foie grais even since his trip to France, so he insisted we order the pan fried slab of luxurious goodness! At $39 for 75g, it’s not cheap, but it was worth every cent. I love its creamy texture and unique, rich flavour. It was perfect with the crunchy toasted brioche. Unfortunately it’s no longer on the menu.

Steer - Pan fried foie grais with toasted brioche $39

Pan fried Strasbourg duck foie grais 75 grams, toasted brioche $39

Hubby is sucker for crispy pork belly and scallops so he couldn’t go past the Steer surf and turf. Surf and turf is usually steak and prawns, but I think Steer’s version with pork and scallops is better! This has gone from the menu too.

Steer Surf & Turf $12

Steer Surf & Turf – Diver caught scallops, crispy pork belly, braised mushrooms $12

We then moved onto the mains, but the photos I took from the first night weren’t very good so I’ll show the beef from the second visit later. Mrs L and I went halves with the 250g Darling Downs scotch fillet and the 250g Darling Downs porterhouse. We both preferred the porterhouse over the scotch fillet.

All the sides were a reasonable $8 each. We got onion rings (photo later) and fries, as well as the Koo Wee Rup asparagus.

Steer - Koo Wee Rup asparagus $8

Koo Wee Rup asparagus $8

Next we moved onto desserts, which were all $14. Hubby and I had the Winter bombe Alaska. It’s not something we would normally order, but we thought we would try something different. I’m glad we did because it was delicious.

Steer - Bombe Alaska $14

Winter Bombe Alaska with tamarillo $14

Mrs L and Mr M went with the chocolate bourbon fondant which was unfortunately a little too cooked so there was no nice runny centre.

Steer - Chocolate Bourbon Fondant $14

Chocolate bourbon fondant $14

We finished off the dinner with complimentary petit fours.

Steer - Petit fours

Petit fours

Hubby was really looking forward to trying the hanger steak during the first visit, but unfortunately they had run out, so for the second visit, I made sure I had chef Shaun keep one aside for us. Shaun looked after us well on our second visit, sending out a few complimentary appetisers, a side and a dessert.

We started with the appetiser of fried zucchini flowers stuffed with buffalo ricotta and served with a basil sauce. The zucchini flower was super crisp without being oily at all.

Steer - Fried zucchini flowers stuffed with buffalo ricotta $12

Fried zucchini flowers – buffalo ricotta, basil sauce $12

Next up was the slow cooked octopus with confit tomato. I wouldn’t have ordered this so I’m glad we got to try it. I don’t usually eat octopus because I’ve had bad rubbery ones in the past but this one wasn’t tough at all. The confit tomato went well with the octopus.

Steer - Slow cooked octopus with confit tomato $12

Slow cooked octopus – smokey rosemary, confit tomato $12

The last appetiser was a warm salmon gravlax. It was interesting how the salmon was rolled into a conical shape and it was warm, without being cooked. I love the addition of the salmon roe. This was my favourite appetiser.

Steer - Warm salmon gravlax $12

Warm salmon gravlax – crème fraiche, rye crisps $12

Since I enjoyed the Darling Downs porterhouse so much last time, I got it again. On the menu, each piece of beef is given a flavour intensity rating and beef marble score, as well as an indication if it has been dry aged. The Darling Downs breed is grain fed for 400+ days (the longer the better and more expensive), dry aged and the porterhouse has a flavour intensity of 5 and a beef marble score of 5. All steaks come with a small piece of roasted bone marrow and a small salad. You also get offered a selection of condiments beyond the normal mustard and horseradish. My steak was perfectly cooked to my liking of medium rare and was so full of flavour.

Steer - Darling Downs porterhouse 250g $42

Darling Downs porterhouse 250g $42

Hubby had the Rangers Valley hanger steak. The Rangers Valley breed is grain fed for 300+ days, dry aged and the hanger steak has a flavour intensity of 8 and a beef marble score of 3. He really enjoyed it and wants to try the David Blackmore hanger steak next time. He’s developed a real obsession of having hanger steak whenever he sees it on the menu, but the Steer hanger steak is the best he’s ever tried.

Steer - Rangers Valley hanger 300g $46

Rangers Valley hanger 300g $46

We got a side of onion rings, which were so, so good. The batter wasn’t too thick and was nice and crunchy.

Steer - Onion rings $8

Onion rings $8

We also had a witlof and warm peas salad with a gorgonzola dressing. The salad also had walnuts and thin slices of apple for texture. A lovely change from your standard, run of the mill side salad. I really liked the gorgonzola dressing.

Steer - Witlof & warm peas salad with gorgonzola dressing $15

Witlof and warm peas with gorgonzola dressing – walnuts, green beans, organic apple $15

We were so full after all that food, but we had to squeeze in dessert, especially when I saw they had a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup! It would have been too conventional to make it actually look like a peanut butter cup so I loved their interpretation. There were small pieces of brownie and the most delectable peanut ice cream sitting on a crisp rectangle tuile basket. That smear of sauce was a salted caramel sauce, which tasted a lot like the one from Burch & Purchese next door!

Steer - Reese's peanut butter cup $14

Reese’s peanut butter cup $14

The other dessert we had was the passionfruit tartlet. It wasn’t your average tartlet either as it was filled with a tangy but sweet passionfruit sorbet and topped with a passionfruit curd. Yum!

Steer - Passionfruit tartlet $14

Passionfruit tartlet with sorbet, curd & jelly $14

We finished off with complimentary petit fours.

Steer - Petit fours

Petit fours

Overall: If you love your steak, I would highly recommend you visit Steer Bar & Grill! While it might not be the cheapest steakhouse around, the quality of the food exceeds the price in my opinion. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and service. We’ll be back soon!

Over & Out, April xx

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Celeste @ Berrytravels November 26, 2011 at 10:35 am

Mm, I do agree. They are amazing for steak! I can’t wait to go back there *_*


April@MyFoodTrail November 26, 2011 at 11:42 am

Glad to hear you agree with me! Must be hard being away from Melbourne for so long… the list of places you have to visit keeps growing while you’re away!!


Hannah November 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Oh my! I’d never think to go somewhere like this as I’m not a big steak person, but the seafood entrees, vegetable sides and desserts all look like they’re direct from my happy place! Oh, peanut butter, my heart and soul…


April@MyFoodTrail December 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Obviously the thing people come here for is the steak, but if you don’t eat steak, there are plenty of other entrees and sides which are really good!


Thanh November 27, 2011 at 1:36 am

I can’t wait to go and eat that hangar steak. And I love octopus so I think I’ve already picked my dishes for the night.


April@MyFoodTrail December 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Woot woot, not long to go now! 🙂


Vee @ Munching (in) Melbourne November 27, 2011 at 9:25 am

I feel like this restaurant was made for me – I love steak, octopus and peanut butter cups as well!! Who knew you could ever get them all at one place…


April@MyFoodTrail December 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Haha, I’ve been back again and they have quite a large menu with lots of different things! All of them sounding delicious of course!


msihua November 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm

ooo! octopus! Onion Rings!! Aaaahhhhhhh.. so many things I want to eat!


April@MyFoodTrail December 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Don’t be put off by it being a steak restaurant. Their other non-beef dishes are excellent too!


jess☆ @ Multicultural Melbourne November 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I’ve been so curious about trying Steer for a while… between the steak, the onion rings and the Reese’s peanut butter cup, I think I have my reason to go now!


April@MyFoodTrail December 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm

It’s definitely worth the visit!


Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) November 28, 2011 at 9:18 am

I get asked that same question and I always end up answering, “Depends on what cuisine/dining-style/price-range.”

Porterhouse is my favourite cut of steak and I’m loving how the onion rings are presented on a kitchen-towel holder? The changing petits fours look pretty special too.


April@MyFoodTrail December 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I think the use of the kitchen towel holder helps the onion rings stay crunchy too.


Flower@Nevertoosweet November 29, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Wahhh nice seems like you guys had a lot of food! It all looks soooo good think i’m gonna drag my partner and try this place out for our anniversary hehe 🙂


April@MyFoodTrail December 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I know… it was too much food but everything was good! It has a nice atmosphere so would be a good choice for an anniversary dinner (or actually a dinner anytime ;P)


penny aka jeroxie November 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm

The steak is pretty good there. And they do hang their meat well as well. And not forgetting the great wine list!


April@MyFoodTrail December 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Ooh, I forgot how you got to work in the restaurant here! Seems like such a long time ago!


Winston December 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm

DAYUM!!! This place is friggin AMAZING!!! I totally LOL-ed at the price you stated that ranges from $6 – $295 hahahaha… Btw, I really love the presentation and concept of the dishes! Will definitely suggest this whenever I’m going to have a special occasion coming up! BLOWN away, wow!


April@MyFoodTrail December 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Hahaha, pretty extreme price scale huh?! But a lot of the stuff is in between and normal restaurant prices. I actually think their appetisers are very well priced for only $12.


Miss Kimbers @ Fruit Salad and Mixed Veg December 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Where can I buy some of those wooden ‘plates’? They’re so great!:)


April@MyFoodTrail December 18, 2011 at 9:54 am

The wooden plates are actually mini wooden chopping boards which you will be able to get at any homewares shop!


Agnes December 13, 2011 at 10:30 am

Still need to check Steer out. Love the look of the onion rings! So cool. 🙂


April@MyFoodTrail December 18, 2011 at 9:55 am

If you like your steak, you have to go check it out! The onion rings not only look cool, they taste great too.


Adrian (Food Rehab) December 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Dayem, the steak looks good here. And check out the towering onion ring stack!!!


April@MyFoodTrail December 18, 2011 at 9:56 am

The onion ring stack is such a great idea to help them stay crispy… and crispy they were!


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