The Meat and Wine Co. | Darling Harbour

The Meat and Wine Co, would come back for the food - not the service! We dined here for a special occasion as we had heard very good reviews on the food. They were not wrong that's for sure, but it's such a shame the wait staff were very abrupt and it took a long while for our food to come out.
Don't get me wrong, everyone has their bad days... but he just did not seem interested at all to serve us. Would have been at 9/10 review otherwise!

We sat down around 7pm whilst there was still sunlight. The views were amazing as we were seated on the second level. We requested a window seat when we booked, and they happily obliged. We were so happy!

Customised steak knife (oo, so fancy!) - These things weigh a tonne as well! 
First class knives for first class steaks! =P

Nicely presented.

Enjoying our view.... It was fun to play a game trying to guess the history of the bypasses. But it got boring during the hour+ wait for our meals.

Finally, our food arrived. I don't know exactly how long we waited for food but I was not impressed. Though, the food was great. The ribs were amazing (hard call to compare it with Hurricanes now). The meat was a lot harder to take off the bone, yet it was very soft and tender. They know how to cook the ribs well!
 The sauce was a Creamy Garlic sauce ($4 each) and wow it was nice. The crunchy chips were OH SO heavenly crunchy... we finished the whole thing!

Matt's 125 Day Grain-fed Rib-Eye steak cooked medium rare. We had very litte lighting so it was hard to see the consistency of the steak. But what I did see, it was perfectly cooked. The outside was hard enough that you had to apply force with your knife, but once penetrated it just slides through the soft meat in the middle. Perfectly complimented with the Portugese Chilli, Cream and Garlic sauce and a side of crunchy chips! Would order this AGAIN! 
(and again, and again, if we were rich that is...)

I love onion rings and ordered onion rings as a 'side' dish. I was expecting a couple of pieces but MY MOUTH DROPPED when I saw the size of the 'side' dish! It was more like an entree or something. It was nice but so is anything deep fried. I still can't find any onion rings when looking back on the photo. It was a different variation, but still had the same flavours (of course!).

The Lemon-Lime bitters was alright. I have tasted better.

Matt tried this at the Good Food and Wine show, and has been talking about it ever since. 
He must be an Ale guy....

Overall, the food was amazing but the staff were not. I don't think they even said more than 10 words to us the whole night! BUT, don't let this be the decider. Go there, try it for yourself and ENJOY the food. We will be back regardless of the staff :)

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Special post: Cute miniature food in glass jar collection

This is the cutest post that Snapshots of Food will ever blog about! I've been staring the adorable miniature food in glass jars and thought, hey why not take pictures of them? They are soooooo cute!! RRcherrypie is my inspiration! Enjoy :)

Product review: 2die4 Activated Organic Vegan Muesli

Shop Naturally is becoming Australia’s leading online health & wellbeing specialty store with over 2000 products from 200 Australian and International brands and we had the pleasure of trying 2Die4's Organic Muesli.

2Die4's very popular and delicious Organic Muesli contains Activated Organic: Almonds, Pecans, Buckwheat, Sunflowers, Pepitas and Pistachios. With Organic: Sultanas, Cranberries, Rolled Quinoa, Rolled Amaranth and Coconut. It's low in GI, gluten free and vegan! 

What makes it ACTIVATED nuts and seeds?
This was our question as well! The nuts and seeds are activated as they are long soaked in uniquely developed natural solution. The nut swells releasing various beneficial bacteria which naturally inhabit the surfaces of all raw foods. Then, the nuts are long-dried (dehydrated, not cooked) at very low temperatures. This arrests (does not kill) this nutrient-enlivening transformation, which simply re-activates once the nut mixes with our saliva. 

It's super tasty and deliciously nutritious, what a great kick start for breakfast and (for me) an afternoon snack! Some people prefer muesli with yoghurt/milk but I quite enjoy it on its own. 
I snacked out and (as usual) decided to play with my food.... 

I picked out the following from a small sample I poured out:

In order from left to right:
Top row: coconut, activated organic pistachio and almond
The coconut had a great snap, pistachio were fresh and almond was creamy.
Second row: activated organic pecans, organic sultanas and activated organic sunflower seeds
Pecans were fresh, buttery and had a slight crunch. The sultanas were super juicy and sweet! The sunflower seeds left a slight saltiness in my palette. 
Third row: organic cranberries, activated organic pepitas and organic amaranth, 
Again, the cranberries were very sweet on its own but complimented well with the pepitas (YUM) and the different texture from the amaranth. 

Wondering where you can buy or learn more about this amazing vegan and gluten free 2die4 organic muesli? Head over to Shop Naturally select the food tab and 2die4 products will appear. If not, search by brand! Or we've made it super easy for you and conveniently linked it here

Thanks Shop Naturally online health and wellbeing store Australia and Bleach PR for the sample.