It'd been a long time since I caught up with former colleagues and friends, Kim and Penny and we needed a good place to chinwag and let our hair down. Plus Penny is on a post baby diet of clean eating and other requirements which meant a steakhouse was the best option so this was an ideal opportunity to try upmarket The Cut.
We're shown to our table by an immaculately presented hostess. We're impressed by the decor - elegant gentlemen's club type place that you'd find in a London or a New York. It is very manly in style and also in clientele but we soon settle in and make it comfortable for us!
We are pretty hungry and leaving us hanging for food and drink, well it's not a wise move. Unfortunately, the staff at The Cut are not very wise or very attentive at first.
We have to flag someone down to quickly order some entrees to share and we wait and wait for the bubbles we ordered. We wait so long, we've eaten our entrees! And the waiter we speak to just doesn't know what to do as it's out of his domain and whilst he's very polite and friendly, plays the "don't shoot the messenger" card and calls himself the messenger!
He does bring us some Yorkshire pudding type bread rolls though so all is not quite lost.
We order entrees as we order our drinks so hungry we are! They don't take too long to arrive but the champagne sure takes its time.
After much distress on our part, our champagne arrives accompanied by a warm apology and a goodwill gesture of taking it off the bill. We feel a little more appeased by this and we drink enthusiastically!
- Wet roasted Dorper lamb, parmesan and brioche crust (served with two side dishes)
- John Dee MB 3+ 150 day grain fed, QLD scotch fillet 300gm
- Buttermilk onion rings
- Charred beans, soppressata, almond
The steak is delicious and cooked the way I like it. The lamb is attractively presented and very rich in pure meat flavour. I find the crust more powder and bit sawdust like and dry in the mouth but the quality of the lamb speaks volumes. I don't think it's big enough for two but it's definitely more than for one. It's cooked on the bone and I was surprised how much bone there was in the pan.
We enjoy our main courses and the night gets better. We skip dessert but carry on drinking with multiple rounds of post dinner drinks. It's a girls night after all! As the restaurant empties, the staff are far more attentive and finally we feel well looked after. We're the last ones standing and we're not made to feel that we have outstayed our welcome. In fact we are encouraged to continue to enjoy our time and we take the advice of the wait staff on our final round of drinks and try some new stuff...confession...can't really remember what the recommendation was but it went down well enough!
We stumble out close to 1am feeling happy, merry and bright. So a slow and less than auspicious start ended on a good note. When I look back on our time at The Cut, I can say it's a decent steakhouse. Some things seem expensive for what it is such as the buttermilk ricotta but other things like the steak and lamb is better value. It's also nice to visit a place that is a little more formal, that warrants the wearing of heels! It seems so obvious to compare The Cut with other premium steakhouse Rockpool. I have to say the food quality, Rockpool remains unsurpassed but in terms of destination and decor, The Cut has made a deep impression.