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First Look: The Meat & Wine Co. Canberra

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We are but a few short weeks away from the opening of Meat & Wine Co in Canberra on Wednesday the 21st of April.

It’s got an impressive slice of real estate, showcasing Terry Snow’s new $300 million New York-inspired Constitution Place development on the corner of London Circuit and Constitution Avenue.

And now we can show you just how impressive it is going to look on the inside too.

The Meat & Wine Co. is an Afro-centric steakhouse with a decidedly glamorous edge. The parent company has a series of restaurants across Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide and has received a steady stream of awards for both its steak and wine list.

The decision to move to Canberra is a strategic one for The Meat & Wine Co. given Canberra’s serious food credentials nationally.

Brand manager Troy Mattingly said the company wanted to compete on the scene among the city’s premium steak restaurants and was amid a national expansion.

“We were presented a site perfect which we needed to jump at. We are excited to share our brand with the Canberra community.”

They aim to please with their in-house dry-aged meat program and comprehensive wine list from around the world to complement any cut or marble score. Additionally, they promise an exclusive basting recipe—a family-kept secret for over 35 years—that is lathered on the meat and offers “a unique flavour and experience for our guests they cannot get anywhere else”.

For months, builders have been buzzing around the site, bringing the interior design vision to light.

Roberto Zambri, Senior Associate at Design Partnership, says every Meat & Wine Co. features an African Boma-inspired enclosure. The Canberra Boma interpretation is suspended in the middle of the space using a multitude of individual handmade cloths by African artisans. These clothes are dipped, sculptured and layered in various shades of gold, bronze, copper, silver and other metallic paints.

The restaurant is an impressive size, seating 109 people within the envelope and an additional 68 people in the front courtyard.

Given it is located alongside the new headquarters for law firm Minter Ellison, top-tier consulting firm KPMG, and a new premium brand hotel, A by Adina, the business lunch looks likely to be a strong facet of trade.

Andrew Ingliss Clarke statute outside Constitution Place. Credit: Rohan Thomson.

Troy says The Meat & Wine Co. will cater specifically for business clientele with a lunch menu that starts at $32 for express dining or an option for an extra-long lunch with full a la carte menu available.

But he noted the restaurant was equally suited to a special occasion meal, while also welcoming family dinners and children.

He also said the chefs were looking forward to sourcing local and regional produce while promoting the nationally-known flavour the brand provided.

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