It’s nice to ‘meat’ you Meatworks Co and Quiet Deeds!
For those with a hankering for meat, look no further than Meatworks Co in South Melbourne. Having opened in February this year, Meatworks Co serves up delectable meats that will leave all carnivores begging for more.
Owners Lindsay Jones-Evans and Shengnan, along with the help of Betsy, are the brains behind this operation. Betsy is a heavy smoker. All 150 kg of her smokes around 80% – 90% of the meat for Meatworks Co and boy, does she do a good job.
The fitout, handcrafted by Lindsay himself, oozes a relaxed, rustic vibe. He isn’t a stranger to the hospitality industry, having previously opened Jones the Grocer and The Victoria Room in Sydney. But it was a trip to Spain in 1992 that inspired him to open Meatworks Co, after witnessing flaming chickens cooking on a rotisserie in an open-air market. Nee a 1930s garage, Meatworks Co is the sort of place where you don’t worry about getting greasy hands as you dig into a plate of ribs.
As warmer weather encroaches, Meatworks Co will offer new menu specials on weekends between 11am and 3pm, from Saturday 26th November to Sunday 18th December 2016. At only $15.50 a pop, three tantalizing dishes comprise the tasting menu, with each complemented by Quiet Deeds craft beers.
Quiet Deeds, established by childhood friends and engineers Patrick Ale and David Milstein, is available on tap at Meatworks Co to perfectly complement all the meaty goodness. Quiet Deeds is all about sharing a beer with mates, so you can’t go wrong with sharing a meal with these Meatworks Co specials:
Dish 1: Smoked pork sausage hot dog with a side of fries. Matched with Quiet Deeds Indian Pale Ale (IPA)
This is no ordinary hotdog. The smokey pork sausage, with hints of fennel, leek and garlic and an added kick of mustard, is a flavour sensation. Sip on a Quiet Deeds IPA, which has the body and malt of an English IPA but the punch of American citrus hop, and it becomes clear that it is the ideal accompaniment to spicy flavours.
Dish 2: Smoked pulled beef brisket pita wrap with side of fries. Matched with Quiet Deeds Pale Ale
The brisket is smoked for 20 hours and is rubbed with a number of herbs including garlic powder and sweet paprika. As you would expect, it is melt-in-your mouth good. Enjoy it with Quiet Deeds Pale Ale, with its undertones of rockmelon and pineapple, as the perfect tipple for the smoky flavours of the brisket.
Dish 3: Spicy chicken ball pita wrap with side of fries. Matched with Quiet Deeds Session Ale
The paprika spiced chicken, with coriander and Asian slaw, is a winning dish. The best part? The honey soy nuts. These sweet and crunchy little gems are scattered throughout the wrap, making each bite that much better. Add the Quiet Deeds Session Ale with pilsner malt and three hops – citra, Amarillo and galaxy – to leave your pallet refreshed from the punchy citrus and passionfruit flavours.
Also check out Meatworks Co for dinner. An array of platters will satiate all meat-hunters, including crispy salmon, 24 hour smoked pulled brisket, pork belly and sticky lamb ribs. Vegetarians haven’t been forgotten – there’s a spicy silken tofu main to satisfy your cravings.
Whether you feel like slow-roasted, braised or smoked meats (or all three in my case), a cheeky dessert, or a few drinks, Meatworks Co is the ideal venue. Meatworks Co didn’t just ‘meat’ my expectations, it exceeded them.
28-30 Ross Street, South Melbourne
(03) 9041 5727
Unit 1, 40-44 Cook Street, Port Melbourne
1300 67 33 62