25 Bligh Street
1300 246 748
Happy weekend everyone! This post is a bit delayed (oops). Its been hard to find time to blog but here we go! Other interesting news:
Adriano Zumbo has just opened the newest addition to the Zumbo chain at The Star. http://www.star.com.au/dine/the-chefs/adriano-zumbo.html
Also every foodie is awaiting the opening of David Chang's Momofuku seiobo at the Star. Seems like there is no chef that money cant buy. http://www.momofuku.com/restaurants/seiobo/
The restaurant Bilson's has closed down after a financing rescue package fell through. Devastating news.
And Jamie Oliver's hotly anticipated Jamie's Italian http://www.jamieoliver.com/au/italian/home opens 24 October. Bookings are available for groups of 6 or more.
I will also be attending the eat.drink.blog blogger's conference on the 5th of November! http://eatdrinkblog.org/ There is a photo comp for anyone who is interested :)
Now back to Chophouse..
We arrived on Saturday evening and were seated at one of the booths. The restaurant is quite large and looks very spacious as the walls of the restaurant are lined with mirrors. Every table is given some complimentary bread to start with.
We ordered a pinot and a merlot. I ordered the Joseph Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir ($12.50) which was light bodied and clean.
To start we were served some Pork Scratching, served with smoked salt, vinegar and chilli, compliments of the house. These were so naughty but so good!
Crisp Pork Belly & Sea Scallop, Chinese cabbage, coriander, pea shoots & soy vinaigrette chopped salad ($22)
I never thought that I would go to a steakhouse and rave about the salad. I mean the steak was great but.. in terms of salads, this salad is like the king of all salads. Seriously guys, you have to order this. Fricking damn awesome. The pork belly was actually crispy! None of that fatty stuff. And the scallops were huge, plump and fresh. Also the serving size was huge! Sooooooo good!
We both ordered the F1 Wagyu Striploin MB4+, harissa & jus 300g ($49.9) which was the smallest 'proper' steak on the menu but still really big. I really struggled to finish mine. Maybe it was because of the giant salad and cauliflower gratin we also ordered.. Must learn not to overorder!
The steak was divine and so tasty. We ordered medium and medium rare and we got exactly that.
Didnt really understand what the lemon was for though. Do you guys put lemon on your steaks? I've never been served lemon on the side before.. was slightly confused.
On the side we shared the cauliflower gratin ($8). Cauliflower+cheese, sprinkled with breadcrumbs and baked. I call this 'comfort food' because its just so warming and hearty. I really liked this :) Would also definitely recommend this as a side dish order.
On the Saturday night we went there was also a band playing. The girl sung an acoustic version of Damien Rice/U2's I still haven't found what I'm looking for which is one of my all time favourite songs! Best night ever.
The Good: Fantastic steaks, the pork belly salad (MUST ORDER), nice atmosphere
The Bad: This area of the CBD can be a bit of a ghost town on weekends.