Charcoal Grill on the Hill, Kew

Wow. Well. What can I say about Charcoal Grill on the Hill that hasn’t already been said by someone else in some glowing review.

If you love steak – and I mean LOVE steak – this is one of two places (the other being Steer Bar and Grill) in Melbourne that I (so far) insist you MUST go to. It’s not cheap, but if it takes you a little while to save up to go here, you still won’t regret it.

This is an up market but minimalist restaurant. There is not fluff and decoration, it is all about the steak. The menu is short, and covers the essentials. When you order your steak (I had the scotch fillet) don’t be afraid to order at least one degree rarer than you usually get (e.g. rare if you normally get medium-rare). When you’re eating meat of this quality, all you’ll notice is the flavour and the melt-in-your-mouth magic of perfectly cooked steak.

While the steaks are served on a plain white plate, there is a minimalist salad and some fries brought out to the table to share. No, there isn’t a large variety of sides available, however if that’s what you are after there are plenty of other places you can go to, particularly the abundance of creative modern Australian restaurants.

Grill on the Hill is for when you want to focus all your attention on steak. That slightly charred, flavourful outside and the meltingly tender, juicy meat on the inside. The restaurant itself is quite intimate with a simple white and (reddish) color scheme, it’s quite small. Recommend for groups of 2 to 4 people.

The wine list is also astounding, and there are some great cheeses on the dessert menu here too. On both counts be prepared to spend a bit, but the staff are incredibly helpful and happy to discuss the (constantly changing) wine and cheese list, and make recommendations if need be.

If you are a regular, they will remember you and go out of their way to cater to your preferences.

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