Where to get a great steak

New Zealand is known for its high-quality grass-fed beef and Wellington, aka, the culinary capital is just the place to try it. Pair your steak with a glass of local Martinborough pinot noir and you're in for a very good time, indeed.

Portlander Bar and Grill

Corner Whitmore Street and Featherston Street, Wellington

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Portlander is a Wellington take on the grill house concept. Gate to plate is taken seriously here, as executive chef Tim Banks regularly makes the trip across the harbour to Palliser Bay Station to hand select the lambs that will later feature on the menu.

Portlander is all about superb cuts of meat, prepared and finished in style served alongside classically delicious sides and condiments; their Café de Welly Butter isn’t to be missed, containing the chef’s own secret blend of 35 herbs and spices.

portlander.co.nz

Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

39 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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At the Southern Cross there is something for everyone. Whether you want a beer at the bar, a low seat by the fire, to hang out in the garden bar, or a sit-down meal in the dining room – they’ve got the space to suit.

But you’re here for the steak, so ask for the stonegrill menu, which features New Zealand grass-fed beef which is cooked by you, at your table, on a 400 degree Celsius piece of volcanic rock. Opt for a premium piece of eye fillet or their surf and turf of rump steak with sustainably-caught prawns. Every Monday and Tuesday all stonegrill meals are two for the price of one.

southerncrossrestaurant.co.nz

El Matador

196 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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El Matador, a vibrant and rustic Buenos Aires-style eatery and bar serving food and drinks with a Argentinian and Spanish twist.

The open kitchen has a wood-fired asador (spit) and parrilla (metal grill) which are used to cook the meat and gives a signature smoky flavour – perfect with a glass of big, fruity Argentinian red wine. The eatery has an old-world, romantic feel to it, plus there’s a sheltered sunny courtyard out the back. Open for relaxed brunch, lunch and dinner or tapas and a cocktail.

elmatador.co.nz

Boulcott Street Bistro

99 Boulcott Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Generally regarded as one of Wellington’s finest restaurants, Boulcott Street Bistro is led by acclaimed and award-winning chef Rex Morgan.

Opened in 1991 in historic Plimmer House, a charming inner-city Victorian cottage, the restaurant is warm and inviting. The Bistro has a long-established reputation for serving timelessly classic bistro dishes using the freshest seasonal produce and contemporary flavours.

Described on the menu as a ‘BSB Classic’ the aged fillet of beef with Béarnaise sauce, red wine jus and hand-cut, double-cooked fries is a dish that has been consistently popular since the restaurant first opened.

boulcottstreetbistro.co.nz

Jardin Grill

11 Bolton Street, Wellington

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With a sumptuous botanical fit-out, Jardin Grill is an upmarket, yet relaxed restaurant.

Dine indoors or opt to sit outside around the fire pit in the courtyard. Located at the Sofitel Wellington, Jardin Grill’s menu is shaped around a core philosophy of fresh produce, quality ingredients, passion for food and honesty. And if it’s a steak you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. Their menu features the section ‘Wood-fired study of beef’ featuring an incredible array of options from fillet to rump, grass-fed to wagyu, which come with a complimentary side and a choice of sauce or butter.

jardengrill.com

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