I love a good piece of steak and it excites me to hear that we are going to Chophouse for our friend’s birthday. It’s been on my to go list for ages now, namely because of this post. Although I wanted to get my hands on that suckling pig, it was that Chophouse chocolate bar that made me go ooooooooh.
Chophouse is located on Bligh Street, in the not so crazy busy part of town.
The menu.. oh the decisions. There’s 7 of us this evening and we decide to share some entrees/starters.
The Birthday Girl starts off with a lychee cocktail – no other way to begin the evening, right? ;)
Flash Fried King Prawns and Calamari $15
It’s a bit hard to tell what’s what but it didn’t matter because it all tasted so good. The flour based coating on the prawns and calamari was crunchy, seasoned very well and had lots of flavour whilst leaving the flesh bits perfectly cooked. It paired perfectly with the aioli.
Pork Scratchings $8
Very hard to go wrong with pork scratchings. These light but oh so crispy pork scratchings melt in your mouth! The smoked salt, vinegar and chilli add a bit of zing to each bite.
Kingfish Sashimi $19.50
The kingfish is accompanied by Tasmanian wasabi, baby vegetables, hazelnuts and limes. Oh it was absolutely amazing! I’m not the biggest fan of raw fish but this kingfish was delicate and a joy to eat. There was the perfect level of acidity to help balance everything out, and the vegetables added texture. Pity we had like one piece each - we should have ordered another plate.
Grain Fed Rib on the Bone $49.90
The Boy orders the grain fed rib on the bone with a side of chutney. The 550 gram steak was cooked to absolute perfection. It was tender, juicy and succulent. We’ve not been impressed with a piece of meat like that for a long, long time. It was so good on its own that it didn’t need any extra sauces.
A couple of our friends ordered the Wagyu Striploin MB4+ ($53.90) and I was told that was one helluva steak! A crispy outside with beautiful marbled meat inside cooked to absolute perfection. Oh man, I know what I’m getting next time!
Double Double Lamb Chops $26.90
I go for something different and order the lamb chops. I am straight away impressed with the presentation – quite different to your ordinary chops that you normally see. I’m not sure if the plate was meant to be full of the meat juices or not, though.
The chops were amazing! Again, like the steak, it had so much flavour just on it’s own that it really didn’t need anything else. The lamb did come with a serving of mint jelly and it totally blew my mind! There’s something about the lamb and mint combination that is just heavenly. The lamb chop had a layer of fat along the outside and oh my word did that seriously melt in my mouth (you can see it on the right hand side)!!
Portobello Mushrooms $8
The boy and I share a side of mushies, sauteed with white soy, mirin and crisp shallots. It was very asian inspired and we both loved it! The crisp shallots made it so addictive, though this may be very biased of us because we both eat a lot of meals at home with crispy shallots.
Happy Birthday Tina xx
Sadly, I didn’t get my hands on the Chophouse chocolate bar this time around (insert sad face here) but never fear, I shall be back for more next time! Chophouse has a great industrial like type setting which really sets the mood for a steak. I’d gladly come back to try more off their menu and I’m coming for that chocolate block too.