Munching on Meat District Co. at King Street Wharf

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With summer fast approaching the kings of Meat District Co. owner Garry Simonian and his brother Coco has made people screaming for RIBS, BURGERS AND COCKTAILS at King Street Wharf. This two storey restaurant with water views, a room that displays cured meats and outdoor seating is the venue for everyone to dine at. It’s an ideal spot for those who like to celebrate TGIF and feed those who have a love affair with meat. Garry who also operates the Sydney-based Platinum Restaurant Group has plans to schedule another Meat District Co. in the Western suburbs of Sydney-Parramatta in 2015. When I first walked into Meat District Co., my eyes was already captivated by the industrial design and downstairs the open kitchen. Also not to mention that spectacular view of Sydney’s harbour whilst sipping on a cocktail or eating is breathtaking.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (1)There’s a bar area at Meat District Co. 

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (2)Spacious seating at Meat District Co. 

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (3)At last a see-through charcuterie room!

We started to check out MDC’s bar which promises to deliver an ever changing molecular cocktail special. This cocktail will not be wasted as it is the kind of addiction you’ll be pleased to have in Sydney. It’s certainly unique for Nessy Eater girl and never have we come across this type of cocktail before. A spectacular start for the party season!

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (4)In the process of making molecular gastronomy cocktails

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (5)There’s a lot of steps to making molecular gastronomy cocktails

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (6)Mixologist Mirko Cacciola plating these cocktails up!

Disguised as delicate pearls the molecular cocktails ($M.P) will blow you away by their refreshing foams and be amazed by their edible spheres. This epic art of cocktail is inspired by the art of molecular science and has extremely taken to new heights of an ordinary cocktail in a glass. These spoonful of alcohol knows how to play innocent especially when they remind me of a particular method of remedy. Haha.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (7)These molecular gastronomy cocktails are dangerously addictive.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (8)Ready to feast your eyes?!

So it turns out actor Firass Dirani from Underbelly: The Golden Mile decided to join us for lunch at MDC. Hey I’m not complaining, it’s just I was so shocked a celebrity was centimeters away from me. You really can’t forget a person’s face, especially if you’ve repeatedly watched The Golden Mile three times on a television set and almost remember every scene his played in. Too my disappointed I didn’t get a selfie with him because I was too embarrassed to admit I loved watching him in Underbelly.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (8B)Is that Firass Dirani from Underbelly: The Golden Mile joining our table?

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (9)A glass of Catching Thieves Semillion Sauvignon Blanc

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (10)Happy waitress at Meat District Co.

Grilling makes almost everything taste better, however the grilled artichoke ($7.50) wasn’t our thing. We had a bit of difficulty on chewing the layers of artichoke. I felt like my jaws was in the same motion of a camel chewing plants. Besides the texture I certainly enjoyed the fantastic open flamed flavour and saltiness from the sprinkles of sea salt and if you zoom in a bit closer with your eyes the gribiche sauce together is simply divine.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (11)Grilled Artichoke ($7.50)

Hot days call for juicy grilled watermelon salad ($8.50) paired with fresh flavours of goat cheesesumac and dusted off with hazelnut. These pizza slices of watermelon are great for more than just a quick toss on the barbie. Their texture changes and simply screams summer sweetness, making it a great starter for pretty much any backyard affair. This is one unique and fabulous elegant twist to a summer salad.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (12)Grilled Watermelon Salad ($8.50)

Unexpected and a real summertime crowd-pleaser is the beet salad ($9.50)– This may be the new salad to eat this summer as it provides a roasting fruit caramel flavour. I was impressed by the intensely flavoured thinly sliced roasted apples as well as the goat curdradishwatercrest and walnut pesto. Whoever thought of roasted apples in a salad is a GENIUS. I was looking at this dish as if it was whipped cream on jello if you know what I mean. Hehehe *Wink Wink*

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (13)Beet Salad ($9.50)

I suggest you should make your body useful to the cured meat platter ($34 for 4 people)– The pungent smell of the generous selection of premium cured meatsolives and a smudge of creamy Greek skordalia is a stunner on a large wooden board. This plate knew how to lure me in so that my eyes, and inevitably my belly can feast on the slices of salty treats and be accompanied by the sweetness of fresh red grapes . It’s hands-down that I believe every table should have one! I was guilty of almost eating this entire board alone.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (14)Cured Meat Platter ($34)

This charcuterie plate is a great trick to have up your sleeve MDC! It was a delicious way to start a meal and one of the great things about this board is it comes with triangle shaped olive bread, lavosh and grisini.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (15)Now that’s a good selection of premium cold cuts.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (16A)Love the printed designs on the walls! 

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (16B)What a view whilst eating at Meat District Co.!

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (18)Don’t get chopped by this butcher knife shaped menu.

When Meat District Co. is so close to the water in Sydney, it’s essential to have a colourful display of cocktails/mocktails menu for the ladies. The chill out charm mocktail ($10) looked like a rockstar that attempted one lady on our table to order. With fresh and fruity mix of orange juice, strawberry purée, fresh lime and mango purée it makes sense why one would order this. Served on a tall glass and garnished with fresh slices of strawberries and orange it’s a real classic mocktail treat.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (18B)Chill Out Charm mocktail ($10)

After a full day of slicing fruits on “Fruit Ninja” I get hit by fruit ninja combo cocktail ($10)–  This absolutely delicious refreshing fruity drink is perfect to serve those who are addicted to slicing fruits on their iPhones, but must be over 18+ to get a taste of this. Sweet with subtle fruity hints of mixed Passoa and Malibu strengthened up with Smirnoff Vodka, finished with pineapple juice, passionfruit and dash of raspberry cordial it’s no wonder this gets people shaking their hips.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (18C)Fruit Ninja Combo cocktail ($10)

The crispy battered onion rings w. truffle aioli ($7.50) was driving me mental as the batter puffed up around the sliced onion ring was so well made that they are the most scrumptous things to eat. I couldn’t resist crunching on one ring as they were very crispy and didn’t show evidence of being too oily. They certainly were well seasoned and the outside layer was divine! And about that truffle aioli it enhanced the flavours a lot with the added garlic flavour.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (19)Crispy Battered Onion Rings w. Truffle Aioli ($7.50)

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (20)Cause if you liked it, then you should put a ring on it!”

By now I was high on eating a lot of starter dishes and the sweet summer corn ($7.50) was added to that list too. It’s crazy how this corn can be dressed with chilli flakes, lime juice and truffle parmesan. You can really enjoy this tasty juicy corn alone but I do encourage you to share at least one chopped slice because the melted cheese is quite filling.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (21)Sweet Summer Corn ($7.50)

Now if you ladies are going to leave the boys at home then I highly recommend ordering the brie burger ($14). The surprise knockout about this burger is the MDC beef patty with double cream brie, cranberry sauce, radish, rocket and horseradish mayo. The burger hits the spot of every ingredient and you must test the firmness of the bun. The added brie and cranberries does do a lovely combination of flavours and textures and you can easily be obsessed with this burger one the first go.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (22)Brie Burger ($14)

I tried getting the 250g sirloin ($29) some alone time with me as it was crazy smokey that got me a little insane, but totes had fun eating it. This steak did not disappoint and I must confess it was beyond what I imagined. It almost headed to the direction of being wagyu in texture, but just missed it by a bit. It was slightly on the chewy side, but easily managed to melt after a few rounds of working my jaws. Served with red wine gravy I seriously think you are better off having this steak on its own so that you are able to concentrate those smokey flavours.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (23)250g Sirloin ($29)

This may be the biggest hunk of steak I have ever tastiest for while and the smell of smokey meat had the table sniffing the air and continually drooling whilst I cut the steak into thick slices.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (24)That medium rare smokey steak

My last name must be Robbins because the lamb hook ($31) rocked my world when it arrived at our table. I was so upset I didn’t order this signature meat on a skewer dish, but was lucky enough to see it to believe it was on a hook. I may of snuck my fork to grab a few pieces of lamb when the person who ordered it wasn’t looking. This is absolutely a winner dish, especially when the lamb was well marinated and insanely tasty with that smoky sweet flavour explosion and yeah it was juicy alright. Meat District Co. should be proud of introducing this unique dish, it will seriously get you hooked! This lamb was just the right amount for one person as it also comes with fries or a side garden salad.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (25)Lamb Hook ($31)

Pretty impressed how fast this lamb hook arrives at our table considering the flavours are so in depth. It’s like the sauce was glued to the lamb for years! I’ll definitely be back for you little lamb.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (26)Hooked on a feeling…Teehehe

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (27)There’s two levels at Meat District Co.

Oh my! Super popular meal of the day was desserts and what do we have here…something healthy for the BIG kids was the fruit platter that includes white chocolate ice-cream, blood orange sorbet and banana gelato with freshly cut rockmelonorange and handful of grapes.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (28)Fruit Platter

Moving on and we were covered with caramel tart that contains MDC’s caramel filling, salted caramel popcorn, crushed peanuts and banana gelato. This precious tart was a tad too sweet and my attempt to demolish it well…I failed you my readers. I’m sorry, but after eating half the tart I wasn’t too keen to continue as it made my tastebuds feel more dehydrated. I did end up finishing the entire scoop of the banana gelato as it tasted hectic.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (29)Caramel Tart

I’m not a couples counsellor but I seemed very happy to be with the cookie & cream cheesecake as it had white chocolate ganache, chocolate soil and white chocolate gelato. The cheesecake sits in my HAVE TO EAT AGAIN category as it was just perfect. It wasn’t at all overly sweet and I gamely continued to eat this whole slice of cake till my very last spoonful even though my food baby bump was showing.

Meat District Co_Nessy Eater (30)Cookie & Cream Cheesecake

Let’s face it, when you’re at a pretty restaurant and welcoming ambiance, you’re probably thinking “Jeez my wallet is going to be sore today” or “The food wasn’t that great…for that price“, well not at Meat District Co.. This restaurant knows how to satisfy Sydney’s hungry stomachs at a really REASONABLE AND AFFORDABLE PRICE and still manage to serve high quality food. You’d have nightmares if you haven’t visited this place and compare other restaurants that serve up similar burgers and ribs. Trust me you will NOT REGRET visiting Meat District Co.! I promise you’d be MIND BLOWN by their cheap cocktails<$10 starters, their epic sirloin AND their effing burgers. I’ll definitely be needing a V.I.P card from Meat District Co. because this place is now listed as Nessy Eater’s chillaxed regular hang outs.

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended Meat District Co. launch (opportunity provided by Polkadot PR). Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.

Photos by Vanny Tang

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24 thoughts on “Munching on Meat District Co. at King Street Wharf

    Choc Chip Uru said:
    December 12, 2014 at 5:23 AM

    Munching is right girl, I actually saw SO much food in this post, my head is spinning 😛
    Love the desserts since the meat wouldn’t really work for me haha
    Thanks for sharing my other posts btw!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

      Nessy Eater responded:
      January 6, 2015 at 6:25 PM

      Girl I’m glad this post gave that affect on you! Oh those desserts are to die for. I’m sure you wouldn’t mind joining me next time 😛

    Padaek said:
    December 13, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Looks excellent! Great location and the food looks amazing! Got to try the meat, but I love the look of the artichoke. Sorry to hear it was a bit chewy – I so know what you mean, lol. The fruit ninja looks perfect. Hey ya! 🙂

      Nessy Eater responded:
      January 6, 2015 at 6:35 PM

      Thumbs up for location and food! Yeah, maybe it wasn’t an artichoke kind of day for me, but I’m still keen to give it another go. OH I love cocktails and that fruit ninja was the BOMB! 😀

    Amanda @ Gourmanda said:
    December 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Oooh Firass! Nice dining companion! 😉

      Nessy Eater responded:
      January 6, 2015 at 6:36 PM

      He sure was! Shame I didn’t get a selfie with him!!!! My regrets 😛 Fingers and toes crossed we cross paths soon 😀

    Shanshan Lam (@food_religion) said:
    December 14, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    how freaking awesome are their burgers and that caramel tart!!!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      January 6, 2015 at 7:47 PM

      You had to remind me those tasty burgers and the tart!!! 😀 Boy I need a burger fix now

    Ramen Raff said:
    December 15, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Errmahgerd!! That sirloin looks freakin’ dericious! Gimme some of that grilled watermelon!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      January 6, 2015 at 8:01 PM

      That sirloin had my head spinning the very next day. I craved for it like I would crave for ice-cream. Grilled watermelon was spot on with sweetness. Great for this Summer heat wave.

    Cassandra (@__cassiiieee) said:
    December 15, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    ONION RINGS!!! yes please!
    but the molecular gastronomy cocktails looks so freaking amazing and unique! Pretty sure it tasted just as amazing!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      January 6, 2015 at 8:03 PM

      I haven’t had cocktails in spoonful before and it was fantastic! Onion rings totally a real treat 🙂

    Chris @ MAB vs Food said:
    December 15, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    You saw “Mr Ibrahim” and didn’t get a pic with him? No shame I admitting you watched the Golden Mile. I watched it from start to finish haha. That sirloin and lamb hook look amazing!!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      January 6, 2015 at 8:09 PM

      I know right?! What’s wrong with me?! Haha. I guess I was so overwhelmed and panicked like a little girl. lol. *Hi5* for watching Golden Mile. Thinking about re-watching it again, just for the sake of it. Really can’t go passed the sirloin or the hook. It’s a true signature dish for Meat District Co. 😀

    milkteaxx said:
    December 15, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Mmm that salted caramel dessert is so good!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      January 6, 2015 at 8:11 PM

      I knew you’d be eyeing on that dessert! Hehe 😛

    gourmetgetaway said:
    December 20, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    I agree – very nice interior. Creative cooking. What else can I ask for?! Thanks for sharing!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

      Nessy Eater responded:
      January 6, 2015 at 8:12 PM

      You welcome Julie & Alesah! 🙂

    DroolWorthyWorld said:
    December 26, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    The molecular cocktails look beautiful! Oh my gosh, that glaze on the smoky steak is definitely droolworthy! :O

      Nessy Eater responded:
      January 6, 2015 at 8:14 PM

      Who wouldn’t be drooling over that steak?! It was so freaken delish 😀

    Priscilla @ foodpornnation.com said:
    January 2, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    DId you eat all that food? haha everything looks so tasty! especially that smokey steak hmmm…

      Nessy Eater responded:
      January 6, 2015 at 8:16 PM

      If I said I did try a bit of everything, had the whole steak to myself and demolished the desserts..would you call me a pig? 😛 It was a really lovely feast from Meat District Co. 🙂

    ChopinandMysaucepan said:
    January 7, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Dear Vanny,

    There’s all kinds of deliciousness here. I thought the ribs needed more marinade but it was launch night so hopefully they have ironed out teething issues.

      Nessy Eater responded:
      January 7, 2015 at 11:38 AM

      I think the launch parties are a great way to play around with food. It gets all guests excited! Shame about the ribs, but you’re right…it’s time to revisit this place 😀

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