Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne
Address: Crown Casino 8 Whiteman St Southbank, VIC 3000
Phone: 03 8648 1900
Cuisine: Steakhouse & Modern Australian
Opening Hours: Lunch: Sunday to Friday, Dinner: 7 days
Foodie Partner: Audrey
Those who follow me on Twitter will know of my steak cravings that I had a couple of weeks ago. It all started when I went through a week eating all these food that had very little meat content, and then all of a sudden it hit me that I haven’t had good serving of meat for the whole week, and then the cravings started. I messaged Audrey and asked her whether she was up for Rockpool and she said that it would be a great idea to celebrate her passing her CPA subject. So I made a booking and had to endure 1 week of steak cravings! What made it funny was that everywhere I went I saw photos of steak, almost to the point where I though I was going insane. haha.
So with so much hype and so much craving for steak I trekked through the streets of Melbourne in the gushing wind with my pink duck umbrella gripped tightly in the fear that I might fly away (LOL!) before arriving at the entrance of Rockpool with wet boots -_-;
Whilst waiting for Audrey I scanned my surroundings and noticed that the whole atmosphere felt extremely casual for a fine dining restaurant, some patrons had little kids who were nagging, a guy who thought it was ok to “slurp” his lettuce into his mouth instead of cutting his lettuce into bite size pieces and people dressed in the most casual clothing. Having said that I think it’s a norm for the restaurants in Crown regardless of whether it’s lunch or dinner (experienced the same sort of atmosphere at Atlantic).
As I’ve never been to Rockpool before, Audrey said that we would need to order a couple of side dishes as the steaks came on its own.
So we ended up ordering 3 sides, 2 steaks, an entree (Woodfire prawns) and 2 desserts.
For some reason when I was placing my order I had this feeling that the waitress was going to forget one of our dish, and funny enough she did. She forgot our woodfire prawns that we ordered, and I thought it would have arrived later but it never did. When I asked her about it she sheepishly said “I forgot” and asked whether we wanted our prawns. As we were quite full from our steak we declined.
Whilst we waited for our steak to arrived we went through a whole moment of ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the wonderful presentation of the butter on a dark wooden board and the pink sea salt. And yes, I was so hungry that I started spreading butter on my bread before taking a photo of it, only for Audrey to look in horror wondering why I started eating before taking photos! hahaha.
When I was ordering my steak I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to order the David Blackmore Full Blood Wagyu Topside or the Cape Grim Grass Fed Scotch Fillet.
Audrey told me that the scotch fillet is a better cut than the topside so I went with that.
Generally I have my steak rare or even blue, but the waitress said that it would be best to have it medium rare so I went with the waitress’ recommendation.
Once our food was ready to be served to us, an army of waiters (3) came over with our dishes, with one carrying sauces for us to have with our steak. I chose Dijon mustard and Harissa sauce whilst Audrey went with Harissa and BBQ sauce.
When I looked at my steak one side was close to medium rare whilst the other side seemed closer to rare :( Whilst I had no problems with eating a rare steak I was expecting my steak to be cooked evenly.
Audrey also commented that her steak (Fillet) was also the same, and that it wasn’t cooked evenly.
Putting the negative points aside, the steak did taste good. I enjoyed the Harissa sauce which is a Tunisian hot chilli sauce, which is full of flavours, and the dijon mustard gave it an extra kick!
I must say the sides I had at Rockpool Bar & Grill were great. All of the sides which we ordered are my favourite vegetables :D
Pumpkin & Sweet Potato with burnt butter and garlic yoghurt: I really loved how sweet and soft the pumpkins were. I didn’t really taste the garlic in the garlic yoghurt as much though.
Sautéed Mixed Mushrooms: I LOVE mushrooms! The mushrooms were lightly seasoned and it just tasted great like it is without extra flavours added to it. It really does match Neil Perry’s idea of using salt to bring out the flavours.
Baby Kipfler Potatoes Sautéed in Wagyu Fat with Garlic and Rosemary: mmmmm wagyu fat. LOL for some strange reason the words wagyu fat really made me want to order and I have no regrets ordering it. The potatoes were slightly crisp on the outside and very floury on the inside!
We ordered 2 desserts and a petite four to share.
I think it’s almost a tradition that Audrey and I order creme brûlée. I love my creme brûlée and I can never say no to one!
I must say I do suffer from selective reading, and when I ordered the creme brulee without noticing that there were whisky prunes, and in all honesty I don’t like prunes.
Whilst the creme brûlée was great, I felt that with the addition of the singleton whisky prunes, had ruined the delicateness of the creme brûlée. I felt that the whisky soaked prunes were too overpowering, and in the end I just ate the creme brulee and left a majority of the prunes untouched.
Audrey on the other hand had the Quince and Hazelnut Tart with White Clover Honey Mousse. I must say I was in awe of the presentation of the tart! It looked amazing with the quince pieces rolled up and made it look like a bouquet of roses! super pretty right? I didn’t really try the tart much to give a review on it, but for those who haven’t had quince before, it has a slight tartness to it.
As for the petite four, we had the Cashew and Sesame Chocolate Bark. As I was feeling relatively full I didn’t eat much of the chocolate bark, but I must say it’s has a very strong nutty and sesame flavour (duh!) and they used dark chocolate.
I’m not a big fan of dark chocolate and I would have enjoyed it more if it was milk chocolate. I would also advise those who order this dish to eat really quickly as the chocolate melts quite quickly in your fingers! It’s not tempered chocolate!
Whilst I may have spoken of my disappointment in Rockpool with my friends due to the steak not being cooked evenly, the atmosphere and the waitress forgetting my order, I have to say that the produce used in the dishes were all high quality.
It’s a shame because all the reviews I’ve read they all seemed positive and I’ve also been told that the place is much better at night. I don’t think I will be returning in the near future, but I may revisit at a later stage during night to see whether it feels any different.