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    Best Pizza in London
  • tapcoffee Tap Coffee
    Coffee time in Warren St
  • exmouthespresso Bean Review
    Exmouth Espresso Blend
  • kurobuta Kurobuta
    Japanese Tapas
  • oddonos Oddono's
    Gelato in Chiswick
  • smokehouse Smokehouse
    Mouthwatering Burgers and BBQ
  • firehouse No 197 Fire Station
    Complete disaster
  • irisandjune Iris & June
    Independent Coffee Shop in Victoria
  • coffeeguide The Not Official London Coffee Guide
    Humble take on the independent scene
  • dumdum Dum Dum Donutterie
    They don't have Cronuts but they do Cros
  • bonanza Bean Review
    Bonanza's Espresso Blend
  • moo Moo Cantina
    Lomito Time
  • chorbizarre Chor Bizarre
    Restaurant with personality
  • squaremilebelen Bean Review
    Square Mile's Belen Espresso
  • ottolenghi Ottolenghi
    Not as good as usual!
  • quantus Quantus
    European cuisine in Chiswick
  • pearlliang Pearl Liang
    About Time for a Chinese

Brisbane and the Steakhouses [On The Road: Brisbane]

My last project in my previous role was in Brisbane. I spent a bit more than five months down under so expect a bit more than a couple posts talking about Brisvegas. 

One of the many painted traffic signal boxes
Lichtenstein exhibition at QUT
There are plenty things to do around the city, in the city centre or CBD have a stroll in the Botanic Gardens, take a CityCat and head to Powerhouse for a live performance or an art exhibition. Then walk around New Farm for some shopping and eating. For scenic views of the city take a ride to Mt Coot-tha. If you want more eating, a bit of jogging, or sunbathing in the city centre artificial beach then get to Southbank. To enjoy the company of some koalas and kangaroos the place is Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. And Brisbane location is perfect for day trips to Lamington National Park, Fraser Island, Byron Bay, and Noosa.

View from Mt Coot-tha
Moreton Bay bug at Kingsleys
I would have never guessed the food was so good in Brisbane, and if I have to decide in a highlight or speciality on the culinary sector is definitely the steakhouses. Well these were the highlights in terms of Prime steaks around town. 

Wagyu Rump at Moo Moo
Moo Moo the Wine Bar & Grill 

My favourite steakhouse in town. One hat from Australian Good Food Guide. As soon as you get to Moo Moo you hit the kitchen, some sort of open display style to observe the steaks being prepared. In front of the kitchen a huge display of their drying meat process. Nice atmosphere, an old post office building with lot of character. Be prepared for an aggressive seasoning and greetings from the kitchen in the form of an amuse bouche. 

The place
In house dry age process
The kitchen
I went plenty of times, but the words you have to remember are Flat Iron 100% full blood Wagyu, grain feed for 650 days with a marble score of 9+. It’s awesome, just like butter, the fattiness and the marbling unbelievable, extraordinaire flavour, best steak I have ever eaten period. 

Flat iron
The starters are great, the Wagyu meatballs with honey chilli aioli are amazing. The iceberg salad is nice, blue cheese dressing and crispy bacon just what you would expect. Black truffle mash has nice flavour. Charcuteries table a bit smallish. 

Moo Moo Wine Bar & Grill
T: +61 7 3236 4500
Approx Damage: AU$100pp
Area: CBD
Twitter: moomoodining
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Cha Cha Char 

My second option for steaks is no other than Cha Cha Char, also one hat, nice modern steakhouse, always full so be patient for your table and add to that the service is a bit slow. However, they go the extra mile, as soon as you’re in your table you got an amuse bouche from the chef. 

How your steak should look like!
Peek of the kitchen
The best steak I had was the Wagyu rump cap marble score 9, amazing, a bit petite but pure beauty. On other visit got greedy and had the T Bone 500 grms, a monster size perfectly cooked T Bone with great seasoning. And also I remember a Wagyu eye filet in other ocasion. All steaks perfectly cooked, great seasoning.

Wagyu rump cap
Amuse Bouche
Enjoying the steak
Starters are excellent, I convinced the waitress to send me one of their mains as a starter, the house made Wagyu sausages. Excellent dish, quite complex, the flavour and balance was amazing. But the highlight was actually the Kataifi free range egg with truffle potato, asparagus, and crispy pancetta.

Best starter I have had egg, truffle potato, asparagus, and pancetta
Wagyu sausage
Cha Cha Char
T: +61 7 3211 9944
Approx Damage: AU$120pp
Area: CBD
Twitter: ChaChaCharRest
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Nice bar steakhouse and crabhouse. Kingsleys has no hats so far, excellent views of the waterfront and Story Bridge. I just love the cow paintings around the place, how they prepare their steaks, and the friendly service. 

Cow art
The highlight was the Rib on the bone 120 grass feed, perfectly cooked, really nice. I even add a Moreton Bay bug, amazing, some sort of quality surf and turf going on. Other day I went for the Wagyu Ribeye again perfectly cooked, great seasoning. 

Wagyu Time
Rib on the bone with Moreton Bay bug
Starters not their forte. Alaskan King Crab legs, nice, fresh but after eating the ones in Chicago there is no chance for these ones. Wings not too good, naked style, we didn’t even finish them. 

T: +61 1300 546 475
Approx Damage: AU$90pp
Area: CBD
Twitter: KingsleysSC
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Breakfast Creek Hotel 

Not the best steak in town but quite decent and the price is ok. The Breakfast Creek Hotel is an iconic watering hole with beer off the wood. Simple method, you choose your steak on display, tell them how to cook it, what do you want as a side, and then wait to be called. 

Steak selection
Beer off the wood ©Breakfast Creek Hotel
You won’t go wrong with a Rib on the bone. Nice steak and great beer. Don’t forget to have the beer off the wood and some oysters in the beer garden. 

Rib on the bone
Breakfast Creek Hotel
T: +61 7 3262 5988
Approx Damage: AU$60pp
Area: Albion
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Steaks remind me the Seinfeld episode “The Maid” 

George: Well, Jerry, I’ve been thinking. I've gotten as far as I can go with George Costanza
Jerry: Is this the suicide talk or the nickname talk?
George: The nickname. George! What is that? It's nothing. It's got no snap, no zip. I need a nickname that makes people light up
Jerry: You mean like Liza!
George: But I was thinking T-bone
Jerry: But there's no T in your name. What about G-bone?
George: There's no G-bone
Jerry: There's a g-spot
George: That's a myth
Jerry: T-bone, the ladies are going to love you


Anonymous said...

Thank you for Including Moo Moo Brisbane in your article. We are glad you enjoyed your visits to us and are proud to be named your favourite. We hope you get to visit us again. Take care. The Moo Moo Team.

Anonymous said...

Thankyou for your valuable feedback on Cha Cha Char in you current blog. We really appreciate it and lookm forward to your company next time your in Brisbane, yours sincerely the team at Cha Cha Char

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