Published 7 August 2019

Grab your ‘steak mate’, and head to the Dandenong Ranges or Yarra Valley where steaks are a ‘special event’ and you don’t need an excuse to be a meat lover.

A juicy cut of meat needs the perfect companion and the Yarra Valley is a real gem when it comes to red wine – from the pinot to a cab sav (and stop off at a shiraz in between) there’s a perfectly matched red wine for your medium-rare marvel. Porterhouse is just the beginning – from wagyu beef as an extra special treat, through aged cuts and grass fed, lovingly raised cattle to the classic mixed grill, you can claim your steak in the Yarra Valley every day of the year.

Steak lovers can try:

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Carne Grill at Chirnside Park boasts the finest local meats and grow their own cattle – a unique breed of Angus that is raised in a pristine coastal location, pasture fed and chemical free for three years. Pardon the pun but they’ve ‘Raised the steaks!’ when it comes to premium, quality meat. Enjoy it all including the Wagyu rump, share platters and aged-to-perfection cuts of every description for a rambunctious feast! Great wine list too.

French classics

Step into the family Bistro and experience a touch of Bordeaux hospitality at Dominique Portet in Coldstream. Dinner for two – easy – dry aged 600 gram ribeye, Cabernet sauce, Paris mash. The signature Steak Frites Classique is a must have on the French inspired menu, a collaboration of tradition, fine local ingredients and a truly open mind. Matched with a perfect red by Portet, a ninth-generation winemaker, you’ve got all you need!

Steak Nights 

Fondata 1872, Kangaroo Ground - Tuck into a 250gm Grass fed porterhouse steak with shoestring fries and bearnaise sauce at Fondata 1872. You’re invited to raid your own cellar and bring that favourite bottle of wine you’ve been holding on to for a special occasion. That time is every Wednesday night!

Wild Cattle Creek, Seville – Book Wednesday night Steak Night for a Cape Grim porterhouse that will make you salivate. Dine by the vineyard and sip a perfectly matched signature wine from the estate. You can even stay over in their delightful accommodation if you’re too full to move!

Mark Bailey Carne Steak
Spit and Coal Fired Cooking

Healesville Hotel, Healesville, have a grand reputation for their outdoor grill and great southern grass fed 350 gram sirloin, cooked just the way you like it. Enjoy a glass of red in the garden while chef adds the finishing touches to your perfect steak, and eat alfresco or inside as you please. 

Fergusson Winery, Dixons Creek, offer their signature dish, the prime aged Charolais Beef, slow roasted on a wood fired spit and personally carved just for you. Served accompanied by a must have Yorkshire pudding – resistance is futile (there’s also a kid’s size steak available too, so no one misses out).

Casual Steaks and Family Faves

Dixons Creek Cafe Bar and Grill - A much loved destination for families and casual diners for lunch or dinner. Steaks featured include a char grill rump, scotch and T-Bone and a good ol’ school mixed grill for when you want everything. Lots of options for the non-steak eaters among you too. Slow cooked, wood fired, pasta and seafood – all the good stuff.  Craft beers and ciders complement a strong local wine list so there’s lots of reasons to try something new.

There’s only one rule when it comes to steak – it’s always better with a glass of local red. (Okay two rules – medium-rare is the best way to eat a steak but you know that already!)

Sharpen those steak knives, choose your gravy and enjoy.