There’s nothing wrong with the rock-solid pairing of steak and Shiraz. But there’s plenty of space outside the comfort zone for experimentation, like at new Prahran steakhouse and bar Angus & Bon, where they’re matching steak with cocktails.
The steak-friendly drinks here are restrained and considered, balancing sweetness and spice to mirror the qualities that red wine brings to a slab of quality, char-grilled beef.
The first is called Smoke On The Water. They mean smoke, literally. The cocktail, a mix of Cognac, thick, sweet PX sherry, orgeat (almond) syrup and a lemon-and-orange flavoured shrub syrup, is stirred over ice and decanted into a small bottle. The bottle arrives with a glass filled with a cherry and pecan-chip smoke. The booze is poured into the smoke-filled glass, so that the sweetish smoke acts as a subtle but present background note. It works well with beef being grilled over ironbark by ex-Rockpool Bar & Grill chef Declan Carroll.
Touchwood is the second of these cocktails and it’s a beauty. It takes Jensen’s Old Tom gin and mixes it with the bitterness of Amaro Montenegro, dark, nutty Oloroso sherry and a touch of saline syrup. The sweet-salty-savoury balance plays nicely with the char and smoke of grilled meat.
Nothing can replace the symbiosis of wine and steak, but Angus & Bon makes a pretty good argument for trying the road less travelled.
Angus & Bon
- 168 Greville Street, Prahran
- 9533 9593