You know what’s great at a steakhouse? Steak. And Live Fire has it so right.
Like ying and yang, Live Fire sits opposite the South Bank Surf Club overlooking Streets Beach and the city. The venue features multiple levels, nooks and crannies to get cosy with someone or let loose with some friends. Downstairs the main bar features 16 taps with everything from the dwindling Queensland icon, XXXX, through to Stone & Wood’s Pacific Ale and more. Upstairs is a large square deck with a second bar and better views to the CBD. Wherever you are in the open plan venue, you’re sure to catch a balcony breeze – perfect for summer days.
Steak and seafood seem to go hand-in-hand, so it seemed only right to start with a dozen oysters ($43). What they call 'natural' is a close alternative; it is served with lime pearls and mignonette dressing — tart and fresh. Not to be forgotten are the incredible smoked brisket and aged cheddar croquettes. Croquettes lovers, listen up: you get five of these perfectly formed potato parcels for just $13 and they are everything you want them to be, plus more.
Since my companion was ordering a steak, it was tempting to branch out and order the beef brisket ($32) from the BBQ Smoked section of the menu. But let’s be honest, if you go to a steakhouse, you should order the steak. It turned out deciding on the eye fillet ($43.50) was no misteak (ha!). Throw a serve of buttery green beans with toasted almonds, golden shallot and goat's cheese ($9) on the side and call it a square meal.
The steak was cooked perfectly — and you’d expect nothing less. Live Fire serve all steaks with a choice of sauce (think classic jus), oven-roasted tomatoes and these little parcels they call a potato smash.
If you’re bad at making meaty decisions, Live Fire has a few share boards designed for two to three people. The Butcher’s Board ($85) will give you a bit of everything: smoked brisket, beef ribs, beef sausage and smoked Cape Grim sirloin with house chips and gravy.
As if we’d planned it, right as our meals finished fireworks started going off over the river. The beauty of being in South Bank is that anything and everything can happen. Too full for dessert, we set off into the night, wandering the markets in Stanley Street Plaza before heading home.
Live Fire is a solid edition to Brisbane’s steak restaurant scene. Fortunately, with a number of other venues serving a top steak, we think Live Fire has enough difference to stick around. Pop by at lunch and nibble off the grazing menu, or go all out with a steak dinner. The choice is yours, the venue is Live Fire.