Looking to up the ante when it comes to steak? We searched Sydney high and low to find the best of the best. Whether you're looking for a fine-dining experience, a traditional steakhouse or a relaxed spot where you can pair red meat with natural wine, this list from the 2019 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide has got you covered.
Prime (GPO Building, 1 Martin Pl, Sydney, 02 9229 7777, gpogrand.com), Rockpool Bar & Grill ( 66 Hunter St, Sydney, 02 8099 7077, rockpoolbarandgrill.com.au) and newcomer Bistecca (3 Dalley st, Sydney, 02 8067 0450, bistecca.com.au) are CBD's steak specialists.
Beyond these temples of beef, there are plenty of cuts plated to share: go to LP's Quality Meats (16/12 Chippen St, Chippendale, 02 8399 0929, lpsqualitymeats.com) for a kilo T-bone, Ester (46-52 Meagher St, Chippendale, 02 8068 8279, ester-restaurant.com.au) for something woodfired and dry-aged or Icebergs Dining Room & Bar (1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach, 02 9365 9000, idrb.com) for salt-crusted Angus. For a cut above, the 179-day dry aged beef at Firedoor (23-33 Mary St, Surry Hills, 02 8204 0800, firedoor.com.au) could be the best in town.
France is well represented by the Rangers Valley flank at Restaurant Hubert (15 Bligh St, Sydney, 02 9232 0881, restauranthubert.com) and the grilled sirloin at Bistro Moncur (116A Queen St, Woollahra, 02 9327 9713, bistromoncur.com.au), both with Café de Paris butter, or with steak frites at Felix (2 Ash St, Sydney, 02 9114 7303, merivale.com) while Matteo (20 Bond St, Sydney, 02 9327 8015, matteosydney.com) flies the Italian flag with grilled Black Angus sirloin and Porteño (50 Holt St, Surry Hills, 02 8399 1440, porteno.com.au) gives us a taste of why Argentina is renowned for its meat. If it's steak in style you're after, Fred's ( 380 Oxford St, Paddington, 02 9114 7331, merivale.com) has you sorted.
How about something more casual? Head to The Unicorn (106 Oxford St, Paddington, theunicornhotel.com.au) for cuts of Rangers Valley and a glass of something natural in the comfort of a pub setting.