The best steak Adolf ever tasted was consumed at Vlado's Steak House in Richmond, Melbourne in 1988.
A few years earlier Vlado's was listed in one of the world's prestige magazines as the Number 2 steak house in the world, second only to some joint in New York.
I remember the occasion of our visit well. The Cook and I rocked up in a taxi and in we went. I was surprised at how small and cozy the place was. The set menu price was $28.00 and a bottle of Peter Lehman's.cab sav was (I think) about $20.00
One was presented with a tray bearing two each of fillet, rump and sirloin and one chose one's cut. They were enormous. You could see old (he looked eighty back then) Vlado, massaging your steak as he held it up to the light of his mallee fire before deciding which side to cook first.
We've visited plenty of flash restaurants in plenty of countries but Vlado's is the only one whose memory endures.
What better epitaph could the old boy want?
July 24 in history
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