195 Little Collins Street
Melbourne Vic 3001
When I’m looking to book a restaurant for our monthly date night, the only request my husband has is ‘there better be meat’. Sure, buddy! And off I go looking for restaurants specialising in steak or American BBQ. This month we hit the jackpot with Meatmaiden, a mix of both great quality steak and delicious BBQ.
Having heard great things from fellow bloggers, I was quite excited when we spotted the round neon sign above an unassuming doorway on Little Collins Street, walking through to a night of meaty goodness. But first we had to work out if we take the staircase up or down?? Turns out, down is the way to go.
The basement setting is a bit dark and moody but modern and relaxed. Large pieces of beef hang in the dry aging cabinet in clear view of diners, prepping them for what lies ahead. The drinks menu is quite extensive but I’m going through a bit of a spritz obsession, so the Backyard Spritz (Grapefruit Vodka, Aperol, Raspberry Cordial and Prosecco) it was for me. Highly recommended if that’s your kinda thing.
Now if the husband had his way, we would have opted for the Signature Mood Chef’s menu, which would have seen us paying $75 a head and eating like absolute champions, but I managed to reign him in and instead ordered a good cross section of starters, smoked meats and sides.
Or favourite dish was the 20 hour Rangers Valley Black Market brisket. It was beautifully seasoned and oh so tender. It easily broke away as we cut it in half to share (almost didn’t need a knife it was that tender) and melted as we ate it. This was by far one of the best versions we’ve seen of a meat that is often poorly cooked and rubbery.
Also, don’t go past the Burnt Ends. These amazing little pieces of meaty goodness were slightly caramelised and crispy, literally busting with flavour. Given it’s a starting dish, the serving is quite small, but had we known they’d be that good we would have ordered a serve each.
Special mention also goes to the Pork and Jalapeño Croquettes, the Cape Grim beef short rib and those tasty burnt carrots with spiced honey. All delicious and cooked well, there was nothing we could fault.
Now it must be said that dessert really isn’t their thing. They have all of two dessert options on offer. Wanting something sweet to wrap up our meaty feast we ordered the bread and butter pudding to share, but in hindsight, we should have left on a high note and picked up a sweet on the way home. Let’s just say it was a bit lackluster. So much so, we actually left half of what was already a small dish. So stick to what they do best and you’re sure to have an awesome meal.