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The Meat & Wine Co. Darling Harbour
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 16:28
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For a friend's birthday with a party of 20 at The Meat and Wine Co we had set menus (makes things much easier). Set menus were $59 pp not including drinks. We were giving our own dining area, further away from other diners upstairs. Menus were set on our tables when we arrived, waiting for us to choose our options from the set list. We were given 3 options (from memory) for starters; sticky chicken wings, pumpkin soup or bruschetta. I opt for my favourite entree, bruschetta. My dining companion to the right of me chose pumpkin soup and we decide to share. For mains there was a choice of steak, chicken, salmon and this churrasco style meat on a skewer thing. The two dessert options were White Chocolate Panna Cotta and Vanilla Creme Brulee.

Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime Cider $16 

 Pumpkin Soup with side bread roll

The warm bread roll accompaied the soup well. The soup lacked a distinct pumpkin flavour and creaminess texture that we all know and love. It was a bit bland and tasted more garlic-y in my opinion.

 Bruschetta

Diced domatoes with creamy feta cheese topped with shaved parmesan drizzled with an aged balsamic glaze. You would think the flavours would be too overpowering, but the herby basil goodness balanced the rich intense flavour of parmesan. The composition of  textures, from the crunchy bread, to the refreshing tomatoes and creamy cheese, went deliciouslly together. This is def on my top 5 bruchettas list.

 Grilled Chicken Breast w Crunchy Chips and Rocket Salad

Looking at the grilled chicken it doesn't look like much, right? Well you're right. My neighbouring dining companion opted for the chicken, sharing a few bites with me. The chicken breast was dry and lacked flavour, resulting for us to order mushroom sauce just to down it more easily (perhaps that's their plan, for us to order more!) The menial excuse for a salad was just rocket leaves with a balsamic dressing. The only enjoyable content of this dish was the crunchy chips, which lacked seasoning but had a great CRUNCH to it.

 300g Monte Select Rump w Crunchy Chips

My dad always said that a well done steak is no steak at all. Since I was young, I have always eaten my steak rare in all it's bloody goodness. To say the least, I'm sure what a rare steak looks like and this was not it. My steak was cooked Medium Rare-Medium with the insides slightly pink instead of a more juicier red. The slighly overcooked-ness made it taste too dry for my liking, but was still far better than the chicken. I was disappointed that it didn't come with a side salad as well, or even some steamed/roasted veggies (for the set menu price we were paying!).

Crème Brulee 

A Madagascan vanilla bean infused Creme Brulee served with fresh strawberries and a tulle bisucuit. This was prob the best part, and not just because of my love affair for sweets. The beauty of Creme Brulee is the ying and yang between the warm, hard caramelised top and the sweet smooth cool goodness of the custard bottom. The top gave a solid crack, and the right amount of thinness. The dericious bottom was not too sweet and not too not sweet, infused with a subty vanilla flavour. I liked how they also presented it on a plate with a strip of rasberry coulis, that round nutty chocolate thing and what looks like a chocolate and nut covered Pocky stick.

Though the bruschetta and creme brulee was one of the most enjoyable of it's kind that I've had, the mains which are suppose to be it's highlights were a huge let down. Service was very efficient though, with out dishes coming out together in a timely matter, and staff were very helpful for our huge dining group of 20+. Price for value? MISS.

Food: 2.5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Atmosphere: 3/5
Interior: 3.5/5
Revisit: 0/5

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