High Steaks at Bar Zar Lounge

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By: The Food Dude

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Every month St Kilda Bites will be featuring; ‘High Steaks’, an appraisal of the various steak deal offers available in the greater St Kilda area and a review of each dish that Hotel dining rooms, cafes and restaurants are promoting! This month, due to the reliable St Kilda rumour mill, I decided to investigate the Bar Zar Lounge’s version of the steak deal. Their’s is offered every day including weekends, unlike others that present their steak special just on one particular day each week.

Bar Zar Lounge, a very popular eating and meeting spot at the Barkly St end of Carlisle St, is fast becoming one of the compulsive ‘must go’ ports of call, for locals. Like all favorite eating and greeting locales in the greater St Kilda area, it is just a little bit off the beaten tracks of the Acland and Fitzroy street strips. Featuring an extensive menu of eat-in or takeaway Turkish Pides, freshly prepared Wraps (from 11.30am to 5.30pm daily), an enormous choice of hearty breakfasts and a comprehensive dining menu for lunch and dinner; including Pasta and Risotto dishes, Burgers, Fish & Chips, Curries, Goulashes, plus a scrumptious board of specials!

Congenial proprietor Aman, always a gracious host, made me feel very welcome when I dropped in for a Sunday lunch recently! Unfortunately I missed David, my favorite barista, who has an impeccable memory for names and coffee preference; every morning I visit, he greets me with a perfectly prepared latte on arrival.

Bar Zar offers alfresco and comfortable inside dining. The venue was very busy with Sunday drinkers, lunch goers or just fellow coffee addicts like me, adopting the lounges and coffee tables or sitting outside on the patio on a rare sunny Melbourne day, brunching, munching or just perusing the daily papers with a scrumptious Bar Zar homemade cake and coffee. All the staff were friendly, chatty and accommodating. Their 4 beers on tap and a considerable wine list, caters for those just wanting a drink on their way out or a late night cocktail on their way home!

I devoured my essential espresso, then another, eventually salvaging me from last night’s debauchery, I was then ready for my anxiously awaited Steak Special lunch! Aman offers a daily $12 Porterhouse Special for lunch or dinner, and you might be excused to think that for such a great price the quality or portion size would suffer, but just the opposite! A generous size trimmed Porterhouse Steak arrived, cooked to medium rare perfection as I requested, topped with a lovely mushroom sauce accompanied by my favorite home made mashed potato with a lettuce & endive salad. It filled the spot beautifully!

In the High Steaks competition, after thorough consideration, I had much pleasure in rating the Bar Zar steak ‘4 out of 5 knives’ and… the Bar Zar Steak Deal is awarded a stunning: ‘4 out of 5 knives’ as well – taking into account; quality, taste, texture, presentation and value for money!

The Food Dude says: “a great spot to stop for a drink, a coffee, or a chat, and a serious contender when it comes to good casual food. Bar Zar has one of the best value steaks in the St Kida area!”.

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