“Tic, tic, tic, tic, boom”
The Dear Luncher used to frequent these premises frequently in its old incarnation of Comme Bar. To say that the new fit out for Fratelli Fresh and The Cut Steakhouse is dazzling would be an understatement. While the ornate surrounds have largely retained their appearance it’s within the restaurant walls where the new digs really shine. In a word, The Cut is lavish.
The adjoining whiskey bar gives off a real 1920’s Speakeasy vibe.
The drinks menu/wine list was truly something to behold. On a non-work day perhaps greater indulgence would have been appropriate, instead all those attending consumed amber fluids only. The Crafty Bavarian Devil’s Daughter Double IPA was on tap and for $9.50 this was a no-brainer for The Dear Luncher.
The lunch menu is rather extensive. The “Power Lunch” was pondered ($40 for two courses); but the promotional burger which was the magnet that drew Your Dear Luncher in had to be struck off the list before the deal ended. The Lamb Chops and Cape Grim steak options will be attended to in the next couple of visits.
Served just after ordering was a warm ciabatta-styled bread roll; with butter. A beautiful way to commence proceedings. To accompany the burgers, The Dear Luncher and his entourage ordered the baby carrots with yoghurt and grains ($10) and The Cut House Salad ($16) which carries Butter Lettuce, Radicchio, Blue Cheese, Spiced Pecans, Avocado, Nashi Pears with a dressing of your choice. We chose the Blue Cheese dressing to effectively double down on Blue Cheese. The pungent joy of Blue Cheese folks, dig it.
Let’s talk about the burger. It was “Broiled House Blend Wagyu Beef” with Relish, Tomato, Cheddar Served with Hand Cut Chips”. It goes without saying this it represents outstanding value. The Dear Luncher strongly suggests you get down there before the $9.95 offer ends. The mince was high quality. It was perhaps just a smidgeon on the salty side, but overall – utterly delightful. It was interesting to note that the level to which the burger mince was cooked seemed different for everyone on the table. Ranging from a well-done for The Dear Luncher, to a rare for one of The Dear Luncher’s companions.
The aioli was right up there with the best Your Dear Luncher has had the pleasure of dipping chips into. The burger bun was the member of a Premier League of burger buns, escaping the current cliche of brioche buns. The chips were high grade.
You can tell here, that this sort of mince is run through a mincer on-site. In fact, just about everything to do with The Cut was tasteful and beautifully presented. Even the cutlery. That’s the sort of knife you want at home to cut your meat isn’t it? The service was excellent. It really cut to the core of what a good meat eatery should be all about in 2016. To round things off, a double espresso.
A thoroughly enjoyable experience in a premier Melbourne location. The Dear Luncher came here to hear the crowd go ….
BOOM! SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE THE ROOM.
Location: 7 Alfred Place, CBD, Melbourne.
Phone: 1300 253 733
Cuisine: Steak, American.