The Meat & Wine Co Perth
The Meat & Wine Co is a famous steak restaurant that doesn’t need any introduction. Perth now has its Meat & Wine Co, situated at Perth’s historic Palace Hotel. It was also the place for Perth's oldest tavern. The restaurant is owned by Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group which has more than twenty restaurants around Australia, such as Ribs & Burgers, and Hunter & Barrel.
We started our dinner with tasty entrees. Wagyu Tartare has a significant portion, although I wish it has more flavour to it. Everyone liked the Szechuan Calamari, the batter was really crispy and full of character.
The Meat & Wine Co has its own premium line of beef called Monte. Their mission is to bring the best paddock to plate experience for its customers. I chose Shorthorn 350g New Yorker steak to be cooked in medium rare, and I also asked for two sauces: Hot African Chilli and Portuguese. My steak was perfectly cooked, and I was delighted with it. Angus Shorthorn cattle are grain-fed for 150 days with marbling 2+ and grazed on selected farms throughout Australia.
If you love the spicy flavour, then Hot African Chilli is a must try, but if you're looking for more than just spicy taste, Portuguese sauce combines a bit of spiciness and tanginess. Both are also great with their excellent chips.
We also tried something else other than beef! The salmon was cooked in fermented chilli, miso, sesame, soy, scallions, ginger, and garlic. You can choose whether you want it to be served with chips (yay!) or salad. This dish is definitely better as a sharing dish. Some people and I thought that it would be quite tedious for one person to eat the generous portion of salmon.
Our dessert platter is called the Grand Finale, with a serving suggestion of 3-5 people. It's a selection of Meat & Wine Co individual desserts: Chocolate & Hazelnut Fondant, Creme Brulee, Tiramisu, and Pineapple Pavlova. When in doubt, go with Choc & Hazelnut fondant, can't go wrong with chocolate! My favourite was the refreshing Pineapple Pavlova that comes with caramelised berries and passionfruit coulis.
The Meat & Wine Co has a couple of private rooms and a whisky room. As you enter the restaurant, you will see a private room on your right-hand side, a bar, and some seatings. If you turn right, there's a vast and opulent whisky room with beautiful interiors. Look up and check the beautiful ceilings while you're there. I wish I could see what used to be considered the most elegant hotel in the southern hemisphere.
I can't wait to go back and try other dishes such as Mac & Cheese with panko and Monterey Jack cheese, and the Shorthorn fillet. The price of steak starts from $29 for 200g Monte Rump Eye, but most are in between $39-$50. Wine & Co is a great place to have after work drinks and dinner and can be conveniently reached using public transport.