Like many Malaysians, my parents too, took advantage of the long Hari Raya-Merdeka (Hari Raya = Ramadhan, Merdeka = Independence Day) break to visit us. ‘Coincidentally’, my Sis and Brother-in-law were also in town to join us for a day trip to the Yarra Valley and dinner in Melbourne CBD.
Dinner was organized at The Meat & Wine Co. We started the evening’s feast with a familiar bottle – Tokar Estate Pinot Noir ($54). (You may recall our visit to Tokar Estate Restaurant and Winery a couple of months ago, where I enjoyed one of the estate’s red wines.) The prices of bottles here is definitely almost doubled compare to what I’ve seen at Tokar Estate Restaurant and Winery.
As always, Lil’ M. ‘got’ her order first. She had the Chef’s Soup of the Day – wholesome bowl of hearty soup prepared daily, served with a warm bread roll. ($10). It was Potato and Leek and was quite tasty.
It has been awhile since our last Wagyu meal! The Steaks here are grilled to your preference, with house basting and served with super crunchy chips but we all went for onion rings.
My Dad and I ordered the Wagyu Rib-Eye MB 6+ 300g ($59 each). The Wagyu was grain-fed up to 500 days with a selected minimum marble score of 6+. My perfect medium-rare Wagyu was fantastic – very succulent and juicy, and as expected, melted instantaneously!
My Brother-in-law went for the Wagyu Rump MB 6+ 500g ($47). It was good but mine was the best! (Price as well!)
The ladies (Mom and Ms. L.) decided to do ‘some work’ by ordering Meat & Wine Co’s famous Ribs. The Ribs (beef, pork or lamb) here are slow-cooked in BBQ sauce and finished on a flaming hot char-grill. All Ribs are served with super crunchy chip, but they too went for the onion rings. The tools to wrestle the Ribs arrived first …
Ms. L. ordered the Beef Ribs Full Rack ($45). The Ribs too were really good. The BBQ sauce was unique – very tasty, one of the best sauce/marination I’ve tasted so far.
Mom had the Pork Ribs Half Rack ($37). Visually, the Half Rack Pork Ribs portion seemed to overwhelmed the Full Rack Beef Ribs! These Pork Ribs were very good as well!
Sis went for both the Ribs and Steak – Taste the Best of Both – Half Beef or Lamb Ribs and a 200g Eye-Rump Steak ($49). She chose the Half Beef Ribs to go with the steak.
We ordered two greens on the side – Green beans sauteed with silvered almonds and butter ($9) and the …
… Broccoli and Carrot sauteed with butter and fresh herbs ($8).
We decided to have some desserts. We ordered a Crème Brûlée – Crème Brûlée infused with Madagascar vanilla bean, served with strawberries and finished with tuille biscuit ($12) and …
… two Warm Chocolate and Pistachio Fondante -Warm dark chocolate with pistachio fondante with a melting centre, served with vanilla ice-cream and pistachio nougatine ($15 each).
The Steaks and Ribs here (especially the Wagyu) were the ‘heroes’ and ‘heroines’ of the evening … it better be as this’ the Meat & Wine Co. We should be returning here for more! Somehow all of us ordered our meat with onion rings and they weren’t the ‘rings’ we were expecting. We should have stuck with the recommended super crunchy chips as written on the menu and seen on our neighboring tables! On desserts, there were nothing to write home about …The Meat & Wine Co
3 Freshwater Place,
Southbank, 3006 Victoria
Australia. 61-3-9696-5333 themeatandwineco.com/locations/australia/victoria/southbank (There is a surcharge of $5 on Public Holidays)