The Vic in Subiaco sees a small, but consistent, business from my work crew. It is well-positioned on Hay st with few other options around. When the food court isn’t atmospheric enough for a welcome, going-away or birthday, we know that The Vic will always have capacity. I’ve had steak there numerous times, but not since they’ve rebranded themselves as the “Grazier’s Steakhouse” (which I think extends to just the name, as the fittings and menu haven’t changed at all). Food there is pretty good value, especially since they're a member of the ALH Group, they have specials every day of the week. Even when there aren’t specials, the servings are generally enormous.
The service today was quite efficient especially considering the size of the group. Our orders were taken quickly, and delivered without much delay.
|Grazier's Rump, Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese, Tomato Relish and Chips|
The steak sanga arrived barely warm, with a basket of chips and a small dish of tomato sauce. The steak was brought to the table as a "medium-rare" instead of the rare I had requested, but the waitress vagued out on the names of lots of dishes, so I'm not sure if that was actually the case. Sadly the steak had a long piece of gristle running down an entire edge, so I gnawed, rather than ate, the sanga. The steak was well-sized for the bun, but quite flat and thin, and lukewarm from the get-go. As it was the first thing to come out of our order, it shouldn’t have been waiting for anything, so this suggests it had been sitting around for a while. The bread was a Turkish bun, which I liked, but completely cold and untoasted, which I didn't. It was sturdy enough to stand up to my tearing at the steak with my teeth without thumbs puncturing through the bottom, so a point for that, but I still found it doughy. The salad was adequate-- salad greens and a few slices of tomato. The condiments were a disappointment, partially due to the tepid temperature of the steak. The cheese was completely unmelted which reinforced how lukewarm the steak was. As for the tomato relish, I thought it was tomato sauce and only thought otherwise because it says so on the menu. An satisfactory amount of chips were provided, but they were served with tomato sauce alone, when I would have preferred aioli (which is available for other menu items). Finally, the surroundings were pleasant enough. We were seated indoors towards the back, next to a large window and a false garden. It would have been quite lovely, but they served us soapy bottles/glasses (not sure which it was, but we ended up having both switched) which left a bad taste in our mouth.
|Observe the rigid cheese|
As for other meals served at our table, the pumpkin risotto was huge and had a very good review; and the the "Wok of the Day" was supposed to be beef and mild chilli, but came out chicken and hot. Overall The Vic was hit and miss today. We'll probably be back as the location can't be beat, but will bypass the steak sanga next time, and just try the steak.
Steak Sanga Score: 12.5 / 25, 50%
We also have a guest review today from my mate Finchie! He independently ordered the steak sanga, so I asked him to share a few notes.
Colder than I would like and not very appetising. Was less cooked than it should have been.
Bread was tasty but a little too thick for me which ruined the bread/filling ratio. Quite dusty too which made it messy
Relatively standard salad, pretty light on as it was only really lettuce and tomato (and cheese) and I remove tomato
Liked the tomato relish, could have done with something to give it a bit more of a kick
Soapy water on 2 occasions is not on. Also a middy of cider became a pint somehow. The venue itself was quite nice and the staff were nice
Total score: 16.5 / 25, 66%