As Kate and I pulled up out the front of Steel Bar + Grill and walked towards the large solid steel and glass doors, it became evident why the venue is called Steel.
We pushed the door open and all we saw was an abundance of metal throughout the venue, giving it a very clinical and industrial look, but it was very warm and welcoming in an uncanny way.
The very pleasant maître d’ took us to our table and poured chilled water immediately. We sat for a few minutes and decided we didn’t want to sit at a dining table, we preferred the high table and stools out on the terrace, so we could people watch. Once we sat there, we were content. The staff moved us with no fuss.
We started with wine, for Kate it was the 2008 Redwood Pass Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand and for myself, the 2009 See Saw Semillon Sauvignon Hunter Valley & Marlbourogh, New Zealand. Served in nice large tall stemmed glasses – one of the small things I love most.
After being a little indecisive, we agreed on sharing a Mezze with sheep’s milk haloumi, hommous, tzatziki, grilled peppers, rocket salad marinated olives and pitta bread. This was delightful and quite substantial for the price. We were both rather impressed. The olives were particularly good.
After grazing on that for a while, we decided to go for mains. We weren’t in a hurry to go anywhere, so we ordered more food, and of course we ordered more wine! Again I will make a special mention of the lovely Manager Matthew who was looking after our table and adapted to our characters quite well.
One thing I love to do is check out the bathrooms, great restaurants usually have great bathrooms, so I had to see if the ‘steel’ theme carried through. As you walk to the bathroom, you pass two live oyster tanks which look amazing! Then around the corner you go down past the giant glass wall which is actually the most amazingly merchandised fridge I’ve seen. The bathrooms are covered completely in mosaic steel tiles and basins are made of… you guessed it – STEEL.
We ordered mains, the grilled salmon, sautéed king prawns, mash and green asparagus for myself, and Kate had the eye fillet, field mushroom, spinach gnocchi and truffle dressing. Both meals came to us in good time and presented beautifully. My salmon melted in my mouth, and the prawns were so good! It’s a meal with basic ingredients, but styled perfectly. I enjoyed every fork full of food. Kate also enjoyed her meal, making a special mention on the mushrooms and spinach gnocchi.
Dessert time came around, but after a Mezze plate and a main each, how could we possibly fit it in? We did, and we had my favourite, pavlova with strawberries and cream and the baked chocolate custard, blood plum and chocolate sorbet cone. I wasn’t going to dream of sharing my Pavlova, so I scoffed that down, my spoon literally fell through the centre and the cream was rich and delicious. The desserts were very decadent!
After another glass of wine, it was time to pay the bill. Bill was payed and it was time to leave. As I walked out, a little tipsy might I add, I just had to turn around and have another look at the place, it really is a very good looking bar + grill, there is so much to look at and take in. Pleasing on the eye.
Will I go back? Yes I would. It’s great for after work drinks and dinner, watching people rushing around after work down below and relaxing with friends in a contemporary venue.
Pros: Layout, design, service and pavlova.
Cons: The noisiness of the city, particularly the buses if you are sitting outside. If you don’t like it – go inside.
Pricing: Share plates from $9.70 to $34, Mains from $26 to $110, Desserts from $10 to $16, Wines from $10 to $32 by the glass, Cocktails from $17.
Final Say: Great interior and design, friendly staff and enjoyable food. Great place to chill and catch up with friends.
Ground Floor, 2/60 Carrington Street, Sydney – (02) 9299 9997