Good fitout, good service but the food needs a little tweaking over at Meatworks Co. It has the right meat qualities of a BBQ joint but not the aspect where you get full. We had a extra large group in for lunch and the staff did a great job co-ordinating all the meals. But serving sizes, so so small. A few of the guys had to get some extra snacks on the way back to the office to be full so that wasn’t as ideal. Meatworks lives up to the name and the meat options are all legit in terms of quality. The vegetarian options weren’t as satisfying for the crowd that ordered the chilli tofu option, but everything else got thumbs up from those who stuck to the recommendations.
Nestled away in a quieter part of South Melbourne, Meatworks was an easy choice of venue for our sizeable group and still offers one of the best seating options this side of town. The industrial, former garage space is light and airy for a quaint afternoon. South Melbourne of course, does already boast a high ratio of other eating establishments, many with great value lunch options. It’s fair but some of the lunch options felt too miniature. Above is the Meatworks Spring salad ($12) with rocket, tomato, onion and torn pork.
My dish was one of the lunch specials, which are priced at $12. This is a smoked pulled beef brisket pita wrap with house slaw, tomato, and chipotle mayo. Although the menu does specify a little side of fries the quantity here is quite laughable. Also, they’re really short fries. The pita wrap isn’t huge and with options like Ela-Re, the value ratio isn’t as good. The brisket is yum though.
Juan’s transitioning into a part-time vegetarian and went with one of the few meat-free options in the spicy silken tofu ($14.50). This came with smoked pumpkin, zucchini, roasted spiced peanuts, shallots, coriander and chilli sauce. It’s a pretty dish, with a lot of flavours and textures contrasting but he found it on the bland side with the dish not feeling substantial enough for a lunch main. At it’s core a few slices of garnished tofu isn’t enough for our bellies.
Quite a few of the crowd had the smoked torn pork burger ($15.50) with pork, dill pickles, melted Swiss cheese, chipotle, mayonnaise and house slaw in a milk bun. Not the cheapest burger around, but the meat was juicy, tender and highly delectable. So overall, we are fans of the meat at Meatworks, but with so much choice around it’s not quite as good in terms of bang for buck.