The words running through my head as I take another bite of the steak au poivre at Black Hide Steakhouse are 'this is one of the best steaks I've eaten'.
Meltingly tender Angus eye fillet with a marble score of 3+, it comes accompanied by bone marrow removed from the bone onsite and wrapped in potato. I'm alternating between the marrow and the steak and combining the two, luxuriating in the smooth texture and greasy goodness against the buttery flesh.
Handpicked by Stanbroke from their Queensland farms, the grain fed eye fillet was cooked medium rate on a Montague Broiler, a piece of cooking equipment imported from the US. It's on the menu at Black Hide for $45.50 for 250gm.
Black Hide Steakhouse is located in the position formerly occupied by Gambaro's fish and chip outlet. As Black Hide Director John Gambaro admitted, the family knows plenty about seafood but opening a steakhouse was always going to be a challenge.
What evolved was a partnership between the Gambaro family and the Menegarzzo family who as Stanbroke Beef are one of Australia's highly regarded beef breeders, producers and exporters.
The Black Hide menu includes 11 different beef cuts across Angus, Wagyu and organic breeds. It is cooked on a high-speed Montague Broiler which does not use charcoal to flavour.
The four-course meal started with fresh hand made oxtail ravioli with beef and mushroom consume surrounded shitake and enoki mushrooms.
Peppered steak was the second course followed by grilled wagyu sirloin with blue chat roast potatoes, asparagus and bernaise sauce.
Following a palate cleansing sorbet, out came a traditional French chocolate pudding with an amaretti base, St Emillion with cumquat and creme fraiche.
Black Hide's chef Lucas McEwan chose the dishes to display his food passions and favourite cuts, the things he doesn't get to cook as often as he likes.
Black Hide's list of awards from 2014 speaks for itself - Restaurant of the Year Brisbane/Darling Downs and National Steak Restaurant (Restaurant & Catering Savour Awards), Good Food Guide Chef Hat.
Black Hide Steakhouse
Best tip: Black Hide has a ribs, cabbage salad and glass of red lunch special for $18.90
Bottom line: Steak prices range between $40 and $60
Disclaimer: Ed+bK was a dinner guest of Gambaros.