MEAT DISTRICT CO., Sydney

Meat District Co Sydney

MEAT DISTRICT CO. has thrown down the gauntlet,
joining Sydney’s burgeoning burger warfare
with ten different burgers on its menu.

A hefty cheeseburger with bacon and aged cheddar costs just twelve bucks.
It comes with caramelized onions, pickles, house sauce
and a huge serve of King Street Wharf’s water views.

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Following a stellar debut in Los Angeles and rated by food writers as one of the hottest new restaurants to hit Pasadena district this year, MEAT DISTRICT CO. is bringing its brand of sizzling BBQ ribs, meaty burgers and steaks to Sydney’s King Street Wharf.

The restaurant at this waterfront drinking location will be boosted by a menu that showcases high quality meat at prices so competitive they defy business sense.

And with a kind invitation from Polkadot PR, Mysaucepan and I are here to check out MDC‘s menu that promises to deliver maximum taste and minimum pain to the hip pocket.

MEAT DISTRICT CO., King Street Wharf, Sydney

MEAT DISTRICT CO., King Street Wharf, Sydney

MEAT DISTRICT CO., King Street Wharf, Sydney

You know summer is here when the vibe in this iconic location is upbeat yet with a laidback feel that spells Sydney.

Cured meat platter

Cured meat platter

Can anyone go past a cured meat platter ($18 for 2 pax, $34 for 4 pax on the menu) with summer fast approaching?

MDC‘s charcuterie is a generous selection of premium cold cuts, red grapes, pickled gherkin, radish, artichoke and crisp lavosh accompanied by creamy Greek skordalia.

There is little cooking involved but the chef passes the creative test with a good mix on this platter. Gazing out onto water views and rocking sailboats as I chew on prosciutto, I would have liked some French camembert and olives on this platter to time-capsule me to the Amalfi coast in the heart of the Mediterranean.

Beetroot salad

Beetroot salad

A beetroot salad ($9.50 on the menu) is dressed with goat curd, roasted apple, radish discs, watercress and walnut pesto.

This is Sydney summer right here on a plate!

Grilled watermelon salad

Grilled watermelon salad

Watermelon takes on a texture more akin to roasted capsicum after being grilled.

Paired with goat cheese, sumac and sprinkled with crunchy hazelnut, it’s another salad that’s made for the BBQ this summer.

"Care for some cocktail samplers?"

"Care for some cocktail samplers?"

MDC‘s wine list is short with just a dozen predominantly Australian white and red wines.

With a venue so close to the water in Sydney, a extensive cocktail menu is a given. A colourful tasting of exciting cocktails is paraded to tempt the ladies.

Sweet summer corn with lime, truffle & parmesan

Sweet summer corn with lime, truffle & parmesan

With the burger craze sweeping Sydney, grilled corn ($7.50 on the menu) has become an inseparable side-kick.

Melted butter on grilled corn is now officially out of fashion. The in-thing is a sprinkle of chilli flakes, lime juice and truffle-scented parmesan.

Mini chicken slider

Mini chicken slider

MDC has thrown down the gauntlet and joins Sydney’s burgeoning burger warfare with ten different burgers on its menu.

Prices cannot be more competitive, starting at $12 for a burger with bacon, aged cheddar, caramelized onions, pickles and house sauce.

Other choices in the burger stakes are exciting  – truffle parmesan, crumbed chicken, grilled chicken, double cream brie priced up to $14. If you decide to splurge, surf & turf, soft shell crab, vegetarian and even a roo burger with Jack Daniel glaze is setting you back a hefty $16.

Weight watchers and health nuts can opt for carb-free in a ‘naked’ burger.

Roasted bone marrow

Roasted bone marrow

Roasted bone marrow ($8.50 on the menu) is topped with a slather of garlic, parsley, mustard seeds and chilli.

The marrow is soft, creamy, rich and unctuous. I had five of these delicious bad boys and could have had more.

BBQ pork ribs

BBQ pork ribs

Racks of American style BBQ pork ribs (Half $31 Full $41 on the menu) have been sliced up since it’s sample tasting this evening.

The meat is tender and succulent though flavours can take on a lot more of the BBQ marinade.

BBQ beef ribs

BBQ beef ribs

BBQ beef ribs (Half $29 Full $39 on the menu) fare a little better in the taste category but needs more cooking time to match the tenderness of the pork ribs.

It’s launch night though and there is a fair bit of tweaking needed for the pork and beef ribs to rival the best in Sydney.

Mixologist Mirko Cacciola showing his skills

Mixologist Mirko Cacciola showing his skills

Not to be outdone by the heat from the grills, cocktail bar action is hotting up with mixologist Mirko Cacciola tossing a vodka bottle while mixing up some lethal concoctions.

Dual level dining, MEAT DISTRICT CO., King Street Wharf, Sydney

Dual level dining, MEAT DISTRICT CO., King Street Wharf, Sydney

MDC is the latest venture of the Platinum Restaurant Group which also operates Bluewater Cafe and Whitewater restaurant in Manly, Blackbird in Cockle Bay Wharf, CASA Italian & Woodfire pizzas in King Street Wharf and Cafe Birkenhead in Drummoyne.

Partners and brothers Coco & Garry Simonian have collaborated with interior designers DS17 to create a contemporary space to showcase traditional American-style ribs and burgers.

Spreading across two storeys, MDC features a spiral staircase that takes diners down to an al fresco dining area with head-on views of King Street Wharf and theatrics of an open plan kitchen.

Dining with a view of King Street Wharf, Sydney

Dining with a view of King Street Wharf, Sydney

On the upper deck, diners can choose high-stool dining while sipping on cocktails and craft beers.

“This is an awesome place for cocktails with my girlfriends!” Mysaucepan says as she thinks about a girls’ night out in town.

Sirloin steak slices and soft shell crab slider

Sirloin steak slices and soft shell crab slider

Soft shell crab slider is crisp with a Brasserie Bread brioche bun while slices of sirloin steak is smoky, tender and succulent with a chilli and red wine gravy.

Owner Garry Simonian and Restaurant manager Gary Manoukian

Owner Garry Simonian and Restaurant manager Gary Manoukian

Mysaucepan reckons it’s a great place for her and the girls to chill out with cocktails but I find MDC’s menu to be built for the carnivore in the boys.

With its specially designed cool room where huge chunks of beef and ribs are hanging out to age and dry, Friday night drinks can gradually morph into hearty burgers and steaks, slow-roasted lamb and pork stuffed into hotdogs and buns.

Now, I reckon that’s an even more tempting proposition for the boys.

Gary Manoukin, executive chef Russel Rasheduzzaman and Sasha Biddle

Gary Manoukin, executive chef Russel Rasheduzzaman and Sasha Biddle

Russel Rasheduzzaman is executive chef of Platinum Restaurant Group and has spent the last 15 years in various roles in the kitchen.

His skills will be put to the test with MDC‘s ‘paddock to plate’ inspired menu.

Salted caramel tart, popcorn and banana sorbet

Salted caramel tart, popcorn and banana sorbet

Dessert this evening is salted caramel tart and popcorn where savoury sweet toffee with a super crisp shortbread base is paired with banana sorbet.

Salted caramel tart and popcorn

Salted caramel tart and popcorn

It’s a perfect time for a meat and burger restaurant to launch its debut going into the Sydney summer.

It’s good news for Sydney food lovers. We already know good restaurant food in this city is right up there with some of the best in the world.

MDC will add to the already huge array of choices for good quality food at prices that rival food courts around town.  But what food courts do not have is table service, let alone bloody awesome water views.

MEAT DISTRICT CO., King Street Wharf, Sydney

MEAT DISTRICT CO., King Street Wharf, Sydney

So dear readers, which is your favourite ribs, burgers and steak restaurant in Sydney?

ChopinandMysaucepan dined courtesy of Polkadot PR and MEAT DISTRICT CO. and received complimentary gifts. All views and opinions are our own on the day of attendance.

MEAT DISTRICT CO.
11 Lime street, King Street Wharf
Sydney, New South Wales

Tel: +61 2 9279 4115

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Opening hours: Monday 11am to 12am

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14 Responses to MEAT DISTRICT CO., Sydney

  1. Very nice and attractive hotel in Sydney. I want to be a guest of this hotel.

  2. Maureen says:

    I think this place gets my vote. Anything called “The Meat District” gets a look-in for me without even knowing what’s going on inside. I’d enjoy a night out here.

  3. looks great and in the perfect position . Wish I didnt miss the opening!

  4. I am yet to find sensational ribs in Sydney that comes anywhere near what I had in America!! As for burgers, I’m sorry, this is boring but I can’t get past Rockpool’s Wagyu Burgers :) Haven’t been to his new place yet in World Square. This is going on my “MUST TRY” list!! Talk about great credentials :)

  5. bams Kitchen says:

    Wow this looks like the happening place. Great food, drinks and fun waitresses that make your night complete. Love their title of their place as well, “The Meat district” is a catchy name. Have a super week and take care

  6. So lovely to see so many smiling faces! This place looks like the service staff love their jobs!

  7. The bone marrow looks so delicious 😀 I agree with Mysaucepan, this looks like a great place to chill out with cocktails.

  8. Hotly Spiced says:

    I was invited to this launch but at the last minute couldn’t make it (son with a broken hand!) What a shame I couldn’t have shared this experience with you. The restaurant looks amazing – what a great view. And the food looks fun and interesting. Would love to try that watermelon salad xx

  9. Bone marrow! Can’t believe, ok I can believe, you ate five!

  10. <3 bone marrow! To me, nothing beats the local pub which consistently plates perfectly cooked eye fillet with a bitey pepper sauce!!

  11. Dee says:

    I was there too- didn’t see you!

  12. Raymund says:

    Wow those bone marrows are sinfully delicious! One of the best dish on this post :)

  13. I hear the lunch deals here are good!

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