New Zealanders love their beef. According to a study conducted by the Global Agricultural Information Network in 2010, New Zealanders consumed 120,000 tons of Beef in both 2009 and 2010. Not only does the country consume plenty of beef, it exported 364,000 tons of the product in the same year. The fertile pastures of the country have allowed for an incremental increase in herd numbers and higher quality product than in most parts of the world. Here at Dine In we love to bring you info on all the best steakhouses in kiwi land.
The sumptuous smell of steak grilling, those beautiful charred grill marks, and the classic rustic ambiance, are all factors why everyone loves a good steakhouse. Here in New Zealand our cuts of beef are likely sourced locally and tend to originate from both Hereford and Aberdeen breeds of Angus. We are also lucky enough to boast a recently established market for Wagyu Beef which is sourced from Australia. The beef here is of top quality and a great steakhouse enhances the product by treating it respectively and with love. As a former chef it is quite easy for me to spot a poorly cooked piece of steak, and there is a fine line between mediocrity and perfection when it comes to a proper piece of meat.
The idea of a steakhouse, simply put, is to “go big or go home.” Whether it is a special occasion or a night on the town with the whole family, a good steakhouse is warm, jovial, and never leaves anyone hungry. I usually do not spare any expense when I go out to a great steakhouse. I see it as an opportunity to pamper myself after a hard day’s work. There is no better way to indulge myself than to enjoy a great steak and a complimentary bottle of wine.
To some connoisseurs Crazy Horse Steakhouse in Wellington is no “Bull” when it comes to great tasting steak. This is one of the best steakhouses in the business, and anyone who has eaten there will tell you the same. They offer a select variety of grass fed steaks including Chateaubriand, rib eye and sirloin. They also sell the most amazing Wagyu beef and you can buy it per gram! They also offer a bevy of sauce choices with your steak such as a classic béarnaise, and a more nouveau red wine and bone marrow glaze. They have an impressive selection of non steak entrees which are equally as fantastic if you are not in the mood for steak that night, as well as an extensive wine list, and knowledgeable staff that can recommend the best pairing for you.
Some people eat to live, but if you are lucky then you live to eat. Whether you eat steak everyday or as a luxury, I think everyone can agree that we have all craved one at various moments in our lives. I think people love steakhouses because they are jovial and unpretentious. In the end it is just something as simple as the compelling smell of grilled meat wafting through the air which tickles our fancy.