It’s been well over a week now since my last post, and I have been missing my blog immensely while I’ve been trying to juggle two jobs. I have so many posts and recipes I have been wanting to share with you all, so hopefully I’ll be able to catch up this week!
This weekend has also been incredibly jam-packed and I’m ready for bed, but before I head off, I just wanted to quickly share my recent dinner experience at the Meat & Wine Co. For a while now, Jared had been promising me a dinner date once I hit my next milestone of 4000 followers. And because I had less than 50 followers to go last week, I helped it along a little by running a competition where I offered a prize once I had hit the mark. Funnily enough, I woke up on Friday morning with the awesome news that I had reached my goal, and just in time for a Friday night date!
Jared had his heart set on taking me to Goro’s, a Japanese bar/restaurant that we visited previously to review, and it was located right near Body Mind Life, so that meant I could go to yoga after work and still easily head over to dinner afterwards. But when we got there, we realised all the tables had been reserved for a private party and there was nowhere to sit but the bar, so that was a bit disappointing. I didn’t want it to get us down though, so I suggested we take a nice walk down to Darling Harbour and pick a place down there instead.
I was so hungry by the time we got down there (thanks to the killer yoga sesh combined with the delicious aromas wafting around Chinatown as we walked through it to get to the harbour), so we ended up just stopping at the first place we saw, which was The Meat & Wine Co. Plus both the menu and view looked good, so that was definitely a bonus. I was actually surprised we got a table straight away because it looked so busy!
(Jared’s candid faces always make me giggle… )
To start off, Jared picked out a bottle of red for us – Cleaver & Vine Cabernet Sauvignon. It was a beautiful pick by him, I must say. And a great way to start our night!
We then ordered the bruschetta, which was topped with smashed avocado, diced tomato, garlic, basil oil and grated Grana Padana. My favourite part of this entree was actually the bread itself, not the toppings. It had a crunchy crust, was slightly toasted with the centre still really warm and soft, and it was buttered (definitely a bonus!). I honestly could have eaten just a whole loaf of that warm bread with the melted butter for dinner, and I would have been one happy lady!
I’m usually a big meat eater, but I couldn’t go to a place called the Meat & Wine Co and not order a steak. So for my main, I ordered the Monte free range 200g Eye of Rump with their hand cut chips. Jared ordered their Monte grain fed 200g fillet with mash. We also got the Greek Village salad (tomato, cucumber, marinated olives, Spanish onion, baby Cos and creamy Danish feta with our traditional Greek dressing) to share.
We ordered our steaks medium-rare and they were both perfectly cooked when we got them. They were both tender and juicy, and all the things that a good steak should be.
Those hand cut chips were also incredibly addictive. They were cooked nice and crunchy, and I happily dipped them into Jared’s mash (which was so creamy and absolutely divine). I filled up on so much potato that I couldn’t even finish my steak. I had to give my last couple of bites to Jared, who was more than happy to finish it for me!
The entire dinner was such an enjoyable experience. We had good food, good wine, a good view and the atmosphere was great too. It looked quite busy and loud inside the reasturant, but the outside seating was much more quiet, and perfect for people watching and enjoying pretty lights in the harbour.
The only negative thing I have to say about it is we each ordered a sauce to go with our steaks, but neither of them came out and we didn’t realise until after we finished our meals. But they still tried to charge us $4 per sauce, despite us not recieving them. Jared explained this to our waiter, and it was promptly fixed with no issues, which I thought was really great.
After dinner, we went next door to Starbucks and got a couple of hot chocolates and walked back to the station to head home.
I had such a lovely night and I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the weekend!
Thank you Jared for being a rad boyfriend, and thank you to everyone that entered/supported the competition and my page so that I could have a night out. I really, truly appreciate it from the bottom of my heart!