Review: Marble & Grain, Braddon

For Jarrod’s birthday he decided he wanted to have steak involved in his birthday dinner. As someone that rarely eats steak I didn’t really know what was around. Our first choice was going to be Wood & Coal in the city but they temporarily closed in July and their Facebook says they’ll re-open in August, their website says September (although it’s still possible to book a table online..) and there is a sign on the door that says Mid October… as of Oct 31st, I still have no idea whether they’re open or not.

Marble & Grain Restaurant
Marble & Grain Restaurant

So, instead, we decided on going to Marble & Grain, the other place (with the exception of Hog’s Breath and Outback Jack’s, whose reviews are less than stellar) that I knew specialised in steak. Marble & Grain is quite huge and has both a bar and restaurant area and is also the restaurant for The Avenue hotel. I got the feeling that Jarrod and I were the only people actually there that weren’t from the hotel. This might be because we went fairly early on a Sunday afternoon.

Sourdough Bread - dukkah, local olive oil, balsamic vinegar, butter ($4)
Sourdough Bread – dukkah, local olive oil, balsamic vinegar, butter ($4)

Initially for starters I wanted to try the mysteries of the Chorizo Corndogs that they had on the menu but Jarrod didn’t seem too keen on those so we went with bread. We didn’t get the balsamic with the bread and the butter tasted unusual, I wasn’t able to determine what was in it but we both agreed we would have preferred if it had just been straight up butter as the menu suggests. Normally we would have devoured the butter on the delicious Sourdough but because of the taste we ended up leaving most of it and went for the olive oil and dukkah instead.. or just ate the bread plain.

Confit Duck - duck proscuitto, citrus salad, chilli caramel dressing ($36)
Confit Duck – duck proscuitto, citrus salad, chilli caramel dressing ($36)

As someone that doesn’t eat steak (I considered giving it a try but at the $40 mark I didn’t want to take one bite and realise I’d wasted my money) there wasn’t a huge amount of other selection. I checked the menu online and decided to try the chicken they had on offer. Unfortunately, when we were shown the menus when we were seated they were different to what was online (and also on the window outside) and the chicken option was no longer there. Although I don’t eat duck often I decided to give it a try.

It doesn’t look like much other than a mountain of salad in the photo but it was quite good. I surprised myself by quite enjoying the citrus salad and chili caramel dressing too. I will admit that most of the time if a meal includes salad I usually just push it to the side and leave it behind. I also enjoyed the proscuitto on top (and wished there had been more) and the duck was tender and juicy and delicious. Duck still isn’t my meat of choice but I might give it a second glance more often on menus now.

Scotch fillet - grass fed 300g, served with Paris mash, roquette, bone marrow & red wine jus ($38)
Scotch fillet – grass fed 300g, served with Paris mash, roquette, bone marrow & red wine jus ($38)

And the meal we had gone there for, the steak. I didn’t try any so I can’t say how it tasted but Jarrod really enjoyed it and was glad he’d had the opportunity to have a ‘proper’ steak for his birthday dinner. Although it was 300g of meat he wished there had been even more because it was really well cooked and the mash was also perfect. He left the bone marrow behind though.

Overall the service was good (potentially too attentive for our liking but probably of a high level for other people) and the food was well made. The price was somewhat higher than we normally spend and it wouldn’t be somewhere we’d return to on a regular basis, however for occasional outings or when Jarrod has a steak hankering I’d be happy to return.

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