Steel Bar and Grill Sydney – Review
December is that time of year when the corporates get into the Christmas spirit and take their clients out for Christmas lunches/dinner. One of the corporates I deal with very closely took my team out to lunch at the Steel Bar and Grill in the CBD of Sydney. As always, I did a little research on the place and discovered that the owner and one of head chefs there is none other than Damian Heads, who I watch ALL the time on ‘Ready Steady Cook’ on Channel 10. This little tid-bit of information excited me as it represented another opportunity to possibly get some celebrity chef photos (unfortunately Luke Nguyen wasn’t at Red Lantern), not that I’m the stalky-stalky type or anything… Unfortunately, on this particular occasion, Damian was not working in the kitchen. Boo hoo 😦 The restaurant itself is a really funky mix of steel (maybe this has something to do with the name?), wood and glass. Towards the middle of the restaurant is a booth/pod-like seating area, which can seat about six people per ‘booth’ with tables and chairs for smaller/bigger groups. There’s also outdoor areas to have a sneaky drink and nibbles before dinner, or if you don’t feel like dining outdoors. Because there were six people in my party, we were seated in one of the booths. The kitchen is visible towards the back of the restaurant and you’re able to see your meal being prepared, which I think is very cool! I love being able to see the hustle and bustle of a professional kitchen. Next to the kitchen is a very impressive bar which you have access to via the outdoor area for drinks and nibbles. So, what about the food? Just before I get to the food, I must mention that the service was pretty good. We had a designated waiter, who was Italian and rather attractive (not sure if this had influenced my opinion of the service!). He was very attentive, making sure our glasses were topped up and ensuring we were satisfied with our food, and even providing us with some lovely wine recommendations. Getting back to the food…we decided to order three entrees to share; crisp zucchini flowers, chicken liver pate and goats cheese parcels. Each entree was as delicious as the next. The zucchini flowers were very crisp and the filling incredibly tasty. The pate was silky smooth and very morish, but my favourite were the goats cheese parcels that were complemented beautifully by the accompanied beetroot relish. This was definitely a good start, and I was ready to take on the main meal. Out of the six of us, we ordered four different mains. A few of us, including myself, ordered the grilled Tasmanian Salmon, which came with a fresh and zingy fennel and asparagus salad. The other people in my group ordered the veal cutlet, baby Snapper fillet and the Chef’s special, which looked like a chicken roulade (sorry, I was so enamoured by my dish I can’t remember what the Chef’s special was). All the dishes were amazing! I was feeling very content after finishing my main and I was debating whether or not I could eat a dessert. My companions were thinking the same thing, so we ended up ordering a dessert to share. Enter the chocolate delice. OH. MY. GOODNESS. The chocolate delice is a combination of three kinds of chocolately goodness; ganache, mousse, and what seemed like a cakey base. It was served with vanilla cream, toffee hazlenuts and sour cherries. I really should’ve ordered one to have all to myself….
Would I go back? Absolutely – especially if it was for a special occasion or celebration. This has got to be one of my favourite dining experiences with a Sydney restaurant that serves meat and seafood. Also, because it is located pretty much smack bang in the middle of the CBD, it is in walking distance from The Rocks and Cockle Bay, so it’s very accessible if you are staying within the CBD.
Steel Bar & Grill
2/60 Carrington Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: 02 9299 9998