Whenever I go to a new steakhouse in Melbourne (or anywhere for that matter), I will always order the ribs (we are talking pork here). After trying a number of places in Melbourne, I have determined that the pork ribs at The Meat & Wine Co are at least the second best in Melbourne. I also highly rate the ribs at Squire's Loft but as I have only tried these once, I still haven't determined which ones are the best. Considering I have returned to Meat & Wine Co a number of times, I think that answers my own question about where the best ribs are.
It is always hard to get a table at Meat & Wine Co on a weekend without some advanced booking. Recently for a friend's birthday, 10 of us had "linner" at 4pm as there was no other time we could go (Yes - a mix between lunch & dinner). I have also been there at a lunchtime on a Tuesday and had there $25 lunch special which was amazing value. I have a 200g rump (medium-rare, cooked perfectly), chips and a glass of Shiraz for $25. I did have to pay an extra $4 for garlic sauce (I must have sauce with steak - MUST!) but it was still a good deal.
But this post is all about the ribs!! For me the Pork ribs are a must. Meat & Wine Co also have lamb & beef ribs. The boy quite likes the beef ribs and we have both tried lamb ribs but I have to say whilst both taste good, they don't set my world on fire. There are two options with the Pork Ribs:
1) Get a full rack for $54 with chips (add extra $4 for sauce) or
2) Get half a rack of ribs with a rump steak (A Taste of Both) for about $50.
Depending on how I am feeling, I will get either of these options.
This is a half rack - heaven
As you cut each rib, the steak knife just melts through the meat. Every bite is amazing. These ribs are the reason why I continue to come back to this place.The ribs are marinated in some sort of BBQ sauce, but it is not overpowering like some of the ribs I have tried at other places. The chips are super crunchy which is exactly how I like them.
For a steakhouse, you would not expect the dessert to be special. Most of the time, I am too full of meat to even attempt dessert. On one occasion I did have a little bit of room left so I tried the creme brulee and my friend had the chocolate fondant. Both desserts were amazing, which was surprising considering this was a steakhouse! The creme brulee had the perfect amount of crack which I love.
The Meat & Wine co is an expensive restaurant but I cannot fault any of the food I have had here. Something to have as a special occasion or a for whenever you have a craving for ribs!