A and I made a quick decision to dine at Chophouse on a Saturday evening, after viewing the Urbanspoon positive rating of 90% for over 500 votes. We use this algorithm to choose eateries when we’re not sure where we want to go or what we feel like eating. I’m happy to say that Chophouse was an excellent choice.
Chophouse is situated within the Sydney CBD area and is designed as a tribute to old New York steakhouses. Inside, the venue is low-lit with a unique fit out that is supposedly a subtle nod to the rawness of an abattoir. In other words, do not take a vegetarian there for dinner (especially due to the menu having very limited herbivore options!).
The variety of steak options is extensive, with a variety of cuts and different quality of meat available. I had little issue choosing what steak I wanted – I’m a fan of one minute wagyu steaks with café de paris and luckily for me, it was on the menu ($24.90/200g). This steak was perfectly cooked and served simply with jus and café de paris in butter form – which typically features herbs, spices, mustards and garlic whipped into butter. It was delicious.
A ordered the pasture fed 450g T-bone with chutney and jus ($38.50), which she was trying to share with me as she thought it would be slighty too large for her to eat in one sitting. A loved her T-bone steak, especially as it was cooked perfectly to her liking (medium-rare) and was lightly seasoned to allow for the natural flavour of the meat to be the focus point.
Sides are ordered separately at Chophouse and A and I chose two servings of French fries ($9 each) as well as a mixed leaf salad ($8.50). The fries were salty, oily and crisp – a perfect match for steak. Both A and I loved the vinaigrette on the salad, which had a slight mustard tang.
If you don’t know much about steak, never fear as the waitresses do. I can confidently tell you that they are happy to explain the different ratings of meat (which are featured on their menu) and they know a lot about different cuts. I really enjoyed this feature of Chophouse and overall, we enjoyed our evening at Chophouse, who also have a fantastic wine list.
Highly recommended for carnivores!