Apart from having a long history in mining, Mount Isa is equally famous for being the Rodeo capital of Australia.
The city is definitely not short of amazing tourist destinations and gastronomically satisfying food that could easily rival big city steakhouses and restaurants. It can be quite challenging to find a steakhouse that would deliver an honest, mouth-watering and juicy steak that has just the right doneness.
Luckily in Mount Isa, there are plenty of good places to get a perfectly cooked cut of meat. To save you from having a steak disaster, here is a list of the best places that offer beef on their menu. Guaranteed to do wonders to satisfy your palate and soul.
1. Rodeo Bar and Grill
If you Google Mount Isa steak, the first place that appears on the search result in TripAdvisor.com, with over 140 reviews and an average review rating of 4 stars, is the Rodeo Bar and Grill located in the RedEarth Boutique Hotel.
It is not hard to understand why they are ranked one of the best restaurants in town, considering they offer the best aged steak in town. This restaurant does a fantastic steak fritz with their rump, eye fillet, rib fillet and even lamb cutlet.
Here, the beef used is left to mature through the methods of ageing. This expensive method of refining the meat allows microbes to do wonders in making the steak more flavoursome and tender.
Try the OP Rib on the bone grain feed black Angus aged for up to 8 weeks. With the bone still attached, you can taste the intensity of bovine flavours and more concentrated flavour grilled to the right fiery perfection.
On the menu, you can also find the Wagyu Rump using the superior grade of Australia’s most in-demand beef. It is so well-marbled and comes with a combination of distinctive melting flavours that would satisfy the palate of any steak aficionado.
All their steaks go well with the array of flavourful sides from seasoned chips, creamy mash, reef and beef topper and kale fried with onion and garlic. Complement your chosen steak with a sauce of your choice, mushroom sauce, rodeo butter, creamy garlic etc.
The restaurant comes with an open style kitchen which serves as an aesthetic concept. It’s always nice to see how your steak is cooked to perfection by the professionals - and makes for an excellent form of entertainment.
You can enjoy your food either indoors or outdoors on the spacious deck with a comfortable alfresco dining experience with your family and friends.
2. Redearth Restaurant
You would never guess that an intimate looking restaurant in a local Mount Isa hotel would serve delicious, drool worthy steaks. Talk about a charming and fine dining ambience!
Redearth Restaurant in Redearth Boutique Hotel is just the place to go for steak lovers who would like to have a unique dining experience with someone special.
The appetizer itself is excellent in awakening your palate. From the classic Bruschetta and sizzling garlic prawns to crab cake, you can start your special moment with any of the delightful appetizers from the menu.
What’s better to pair a steak done to your liking than a glass (or bottle) of fine wine?
The mains that stand out from their well-crafted menu include the fillet mignon accompanied with asparagus spears, roasted baby beetroots, goat’s cheese with cauliflower puree and red wine jus. Choose the right wine from the carefully selected wine list to go with your steak to bring out the most in its flavour.
After the meat escapades, there is always a need to perfect the whole dining experience with the right desserts. Break the crispy top of the Salted Caramel Crème Brulee to unlock the creamy custard hiding beneath it.
Or, have your after-dinner cocktail, coffee and dessert all in one by indulging in the rich bold Liqueur Affogato of ice cream served with a shot of espresso coffee and a liqueur of your choice (Galiano, Baileys, Frangelico, Kahlua, Amaretto).
Located in the heart of Mount Isa, you and your loved one can wrap up the occasion with a romantic stroll nearby the restaurant after dinner.
3. The Frog & Toad
This eatery is located in the Buffs Club. A relaxed, casual environment with the typical pub menu – all the ingredients you need for a delicious meal. The menu has the usual suspects of Angus rump, striploin, rub fillet, and so on, that would satisfy steak cravers.
Tender steaks get chargrilled and served with your choice of sides such as potato wedges, sweet potato chips and aioli. With an extra $2, you get to choose either mushroom gravy, dianne, pepper gravy or creamy garlic atop your well-seasoned slab of beef.
Wash it down with a pint of cold beer to complete your meal. You can either feast indoors or escape to the outdoors and enjoy your meals in the open air. For those who prefer a little gaming activity, you will be glad to know that there is a gaming lounge with plenty of machines for your entertainment before or after your meal.
4. Overlander Hotel
If you are looking for a dose of a no-frills cheap steak to satisfy your red meat hunger, then this place offers one of the best deals in town with a variety of specials changing every day. Even if you do change your mind about having that steak, there are plenty of other economically priced dishes to choose from their extensive menu.
This is truly a place for you and your friends to just kick back and relax as the atmosphere is very inviting and friendly. After your meal, move into the lounge area to sit back, relax or even have a game at the open pool or betting.
Plan to visit one of the restaurants above during your trip, and you will definitely leave the city with pleasure in memory and your stomach.