Saint & Rogue
582 Little Collins Street
I’ve been watching with interest what’s been going on in the food scene down the western end of Melbourne’s CBD. I used to work down that end, and as so often happens, you get stuck in a rut and only really know about the places near your work – within about a block. Well – times were tough back then all of four years ago. There wasn’t much. Since then, I’ve moved jobs (twice) and locations (Paris end) but kept an eye out.
A friend went to Saint & Rogue a long time ago and raved about it, and during the course of my research, I discovered they do a Tuesday night steak night, $22 netting you a steak plate normally costing $28 AND a glass of wine. Netball having a bye, and Mr Behemoth being amenable to a Tues night dinner out followed by Comedy Festival shenanigans (yeah I’m a bit behind with blog posts), we plumped for Saint & Rogue.
You notice two things upon entering the place. One, the fit-out is great. Pub downstairs, kitchen/dining upstairs (but you can eat anywhere). Upstairs is all dark and moody, with the exposed wooden rafters of the historic building showing. There’s a choice of table seating or intricately carved booths. Mr B says “it’s like you’re playing Thief [computer game], if I was going to blackjack someone… it would be here”.
The other thing you notice is that the owner/proprietor/maitre d-ude is just so damn friendly and nice. I felt bad. He should have way more customers than were currently inside (albeit we were eating a little early at 6pm-ish).
Having already sorted what we were going to eat before we made it in the door, we both got the steak deal. I got mine with a glass of Victorian red, perhaps from Heathcote, and Mr B had a James Squire ale.
The steak was scotch fillet, cooked perfectly and it came with chunky chips and a blob of garlicky mayonnaise-y sauce (it might have been horseradish cream, on recollection) that took the perfectly fine steak to… divine. How corny is that! Sorry guys. Sometimes I can’t help myself.
One photo, because we both had the same dish:
We really liked the quick dinner we had here, and would like to come back to check out more of the menu. Super friendly manager/owner/guy, delicious steak, atmosphere that’s a little bit fancy, and less people. It’s a shame more people don’t know about this place. Quality pub grub. Edible Posts has also been here for a mid-week dinner and enjoyed it as well, ordering different dishes if you want to check those out.
What else is good down the west end of the city?