Steak Bank Charcoal Grill, Ormond – $$$$

LoveItI wasn’t sure what to expect after reading reviews on Urbanspoon. This was another Christmas gathering paid for by the boss, so I wasn’t too worried.

It was lunch time and it wasn’t busy when we arrived so we had time to look around before our group arrived. The building used to be an old bank and the decor is all in this old style – bank signs, bank machines, even the walk-in fridge is in an old vault! There was no music playing and the owner turned the TV off as soon as we walked in (The Ashes were on.) (3.5/5)

Most diners on Urbanspoon complain about the service here, but we were spoiled rotten! The owner served us personally – he brought our drinks over, he helped us choose our steak according to how hungry we were and how we liked our steaks cooked. He checked on our table regularly to see if we needed anything and even offered dessert despite at least half the table not finishing their mains! (4.5/5)

As I was driving, I stuck with soft drink. The food, however, was magnificent! Our starter was a couple of mixed platters for the table which included cevapcici, sausage, calamari, prawns, lamb fillets, saganaki and salad. For my main course, I had a New York porterhouse – 500g of porterhouse steak covered with a pepper sauce and cooked almost to perfection (medium rare instead of rare). I didn’t even manage to eat a chip, I was so full! (4.5/5)

If you like big meat dishes and you are willing to pay for the best, this is the place for you. If you want to eat something small, don’t bother! Mains start at around $25 up to almost $70 for the 600g rib-eye and are served with a salad – chips cost $8.00 extra. (4/5)

Overall, this place is definitely the perfect boys night out – big food, big prices. Probably not the best place for a first date. You can BYO and there is a corkage charge ($4.00 per person when we visited). I have no idea what the spend per head was, but with drinks, starter, main course and dessert, I would say somewhere in the vicinity of $120.00 per person! (84%)

Steak Bank Ormond

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