Tucked away in the heart of King Street, don’t let this venue’s location fool you for a minute. This steakhouse, which is located downtown from its other three venues across the CBD, is a dining experience you don’t want to miss out on.
Despite being a steakhouse, the menu is undeniably Mediterranean. A starter platter of in-house antipasto, which features an air dried wagyu, sets the standard for the evening. And it's a high one at that. Cured for two to three months at a minimum, it goes hand in hand with one of the 126 wines the restaurant showcases in their wine room. Rest assured, if you're after an artfully chosen wine to match your meal, you'll be in luck here.
Tastefully placed in one of Melbourne’s oldest buildings, the three levels of Rare Steakhouse are housed by high ceilings and rustic gold gilded light fixtures. It's a fitout that works perfectly with the food they offer, and feels perfect for a special occasion or an enjoyable night out. The venue caters to all – from group bookings with a private function room, to the daily CBD worker who comes in for a speedy and reasonably priced lunch menu.
The venue’s knowledge and love of meat really shines through the moment your main dish is placed down on the table. Handling cuts of high quality, their expertise is certainly welcome. Basically, you know you're in good hands with the folk at Rare. Fine details to meals such as their famous beef ribs is the house made, secret recipe tangy BBQ sauce – which will be the sure-fire discussion starter of the table. Served with thick cut steak chips, their meals balance perfectly between the finest dining in Melbourne and something that feels like home.
The extensive dessert list is enough to get even the most dedicated meat eater’s heart racing. Let yourself indulge in their warm flourless chocolate cake with mars bar sauce, yet another incredible detail that has the staff members gleaming with pride. Absolutely worth the hype. If you’re not a sweet tooth, try sipping on a glowing toffee apple martini instead.
The absolute quality of product and service you receive at Rare Steakhouse is up there with the best of them. You’ll be left feeling like Christmas lunch came early.
Image and words by Julia Sansone