11 Toorak Rd, South Yarra, 3141
Don’t be put off by the cosiness of France-Soir – this is a Melbourne dining institution that’s been around since 1986 serving steak the French way.
Here, the steaks are sourced from the O’Connor family beef farm in Gippsland and served with either Béarnaise, Normande, pepper or Bordelaise sauce. If you’re looking for that true Parisian brasserie experience order your steak entrecôte to have it served with frites and salad.
It’s well worth saving room for a crème brûlée or profiteroles au chocolat as well.
Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel
166 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 3065
Steak and chips are a pub classic, and the Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel offers some of the best. Under the stewardship of Sean Donovan, the more than 150-year-old venue has been turned into a true gastropub without becoming overly pretentious.
The premium Victorian beef steaks come ‘steak frites’ style, cooked over a wood-fire barbecue and served with French fries and a mustard and cabbage remoulade, plus your choice of Béarnaise or pepper sauce. Head in on Wednesdays to take advantage of the pub’s steak specials.
401 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, 3000
Direct from Buenos Aires comes Palermo, an Argentinian-style steakhouse complete with a roaring asado fire pit (Melbourne’s first).
Dishes are designed to share at Palermo, including the selection of steaks which come cooked over the traditional charcoal parrilla (Argentinian barbecue). Be sure to order a few sides to accompany the meat, such as the papas (fried potatoes) and calabaza (grilled pumpkin with ajo blanco).
A Hereford Beefstouw
22 Duckboard Pl, Melbourne, 3000
If you like steak and you like wine, there’s a good chance you’ll love A Hereford Beefstouw. The Danish-born restaurant chain has several venues across Denmark, Greenland, and of course Australia (Melbourne and Adelaide).
There is an extensive steak menu covering all bases (grain fed, grass fed, dry-aged) and complemented by a wine list spanning the globe (with a focus on the Piemonte and Burgundy regions of France). Don’t miss the opportunity to try one of the ‘extreme beef’ steak options, such as the 1.5kg tomahawk steak that is carved at the table.