What a gem.
You only have to go on online and read the endless reviews to see just how well loved and adored this place is. How perfectly cooked their steaks, how incredibly well portioned their platters, how salt of the earth, homecooked, filling and delicoiusly tasty their predominantly Balkan menu.
And then you walk inside this very Victorian and unpretentious restaurant, you pick a table, you sit down, you order your meal and you wattle out of the door about an hour or so later because you can’t walk straight anymore.
The Lygon Steakhouse is family-owned and family-operated and has been serving quality meats since 1992. For nearly three decades now the restaurant has established its well-deserved reputation in Carlton as one of the best steaks in the city.
Husband and wife team, Lily and Vaso Pitra have ensured that the quality of their fare is always at its highest. Working personally with some of Melbourne’s premium meat suppliers. Their meats include grass-fed beef as well as Black Angus and Wagyu.
The interior is pretty simple. Old school style without too many things going on, simple seating in a classically comfortable room with a long refrigerated cabinet counter, at the entrance, where all those meats are displayed as you walk in.
Their steaks are certainly the centre-piece of the restaurant and why people flock to their doors, however, we’d be remiss if we didn’t give a much needed shout-out to their Balkan dishes.
For many Victorian’s who are culturally diverse, and who have a south-east European background, these dishes are a taste of home.
Sarska Pljeskavica is a homemade minced meat patty topped with kajmak. Their Lovacka Pljeskavica is a minced meat patty stuffed with cheese and mushroom, oozing out as you cut in.
Chevapchichi, skinless sausages could be eaten all day. With a little diced onion, some hefty bread, salad on the side and spice to dip, Chevapi are mouth-wateringly good.
If you’re feeling extremely in a good mood, then their Rakia is a great addition to a premeal salad. The fruit brandy comes in either white or yellow, made from plums or grapes, and pairs very well with a Shopska Salata (Diced tomato, cucumber, onion and capsicum topped with grated feta) this drink will definitely sneak up on you, so be wary and maybe only have two.
Needless to say, the steaks are perfection. Whether Wagyu, Porterhouse, Rib Eye, Scotch Fillet, T-Bone, or any of the others, these hand-selected perfectly seared meats will bring you to heaven.
Coupled with a sauce of your choice, at an extra $5 (which we guess is fine), every bite is savoured, every bite enjoyed, and every bite remembered far after you’ve finished the last bite.
A great selection of wines tops off your evening at the steakhouse, with good service and endless conversations, both indoors and out the front.
We recommend, with full bellies and big smiles, Lygon Charcoal Grill & Steakhouse Restaurant.
120 Lygon St, 3053, carlton
Friday: 12 pm – 3 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm
7 Days, 5pm till late