At Meatworks they love their meat and whether you like it slow roasted, braised or smoked, they will deliver the goods. They serve rustic home-style dishes in their South Melbourne restaurant and have an in-house wood smoker. Meat lovers ahoy! They do a smoked meat platter, they also smoke some of the vegies and do a smoked custard for dessert. Lots of deliciousness.
The entrance sort of looked like a big garage warehouse and inside it had a minimalist industrial look with lots of light.
While they know their meat, it’s not all just about meat dishes. We tried the spicy silken tofu with smoked pumpkin, zucchini, spiced peanuts, fried shallots and coriander it was delicious. The tofu was soft and smooth, the veg was roasted perfectly and the peanuts added crunch.
They had Vietnamese baguettes with 10 hour smoked brisket (so juicy and tender), pickled carrot, cucumber, Asian herbs, fresh chilli and kewpie mayo. They were fresh and flavorsome.
The sweet smoked salmon salad was amazing. It had chunks of flakey salmon that was delicious on its own. Then it had fresh mint, cucumber, buckwheat, freekah and pomegranate. It was sweet, salty, smoked, delicious! Loved it.
The pulled pork sliders, which were little buttery buns with a generous amount of pulled pork with pickled veg and spicy mayo. Delish!
The meat platter was a sight to see. It was a wooden board packed with all things meat. There was 10 hour smoked pulled brisket, sticky balsamic lamb ribs, pulled pork and mammoth braised beef ribs. All of the smoked meat was smoked in house and the meat was beautiful and tender.
They had a trio of homemade sauces, they had a tomato relish, BBQ sauce and a chilli sauce which wasn’t very hot but was full of chill flavour.
To accompany the meat there was some delicious sides. The hasselback potatoes were tasty. They were smoked and roasted perfectly, buttery and soft with a bit of crisp on the outside.
The cucumber salad was a great side dish. The cucumbers were pickled in house and had carrots, crunchy peanuts and crispy shallots with a balsamic dressing.
The smoked corn on the cobs looked rustic, roasted in their husks. They looked great and were dressed with parmesan cheese and chipotle mayo.
Meatworks has a lovely range of dishes on the menu and they know how to put on a feast. The food is flavoursome and comforting. And despite the name, vegie lovers would enjoy this place too. It’s great for a heart-warming homestyle meal.
I heart Meatworks!
Address: 28/30 Ross St, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Phone: 03 9041 5727
Trading Hours: Mon- Sat: 11am-4pm
Note: Olive Sundays was invited as a guest to Meatworks.