118 Military Rd
Neutral Bay, Sydney
Fact One: The Oaks is NOT named after the large oak tree in it's outdoor area - this was planted some years after the place opened.
Fact Two: The Oaks has just won an award for having the best steak in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Pub Food Guide.
We were lucky enough to have a guided tour of this expansive place by owner Andrew Thomas. The Thomas family have owned The Oaks for decades and the passion for this lovely place has clearly not diminished.
The Oaks has been here since 1885 and it has just undergone an extensive refurbishment and introduced a new menu with something for everyone - but a particular focus on quality steaks.
Will I cook mine this way - probably not - but there was no doubting that it was very tasty.
There were four different cuts available for us to choose. I chose the dry aged scotch fillet - I think.
Its moments like these that you wish you'd paid a bit more attention - as this was a simply amazing steak that melted in my mouth.
The grill was hot - very hot - and the steak was lightly done to end up perfectly medium rare - sorry Danny I couldn't quite go the blue rare again!
Again it was a hefty piece of meat that looked great even before it was cooked. As we now had some extra tips from Danny Russo - and some on hand advice - the cooking process was even easier. Again we ended up with a delicious steak - lovely meat that was well cooked.
We also had a side of duck fat roasted potatoes - crisp on the outside, soft on the inside and delicious.
This looked spectacular and tasted just as good.
Marrow is something that some like and some don't. I'm in the "like very much" group and this was great.
Another side was a tangy coleslaw that went well with the steaks and also tasted great.
We'd spotted some going past us earlier and it looked so good! It was delicious!
Banofee is such a great combination - banana and toffee.
Whoever created this marriage of tastes deserves a medal!
Sir and Mlady dined as guests of The Oaks. Special thanks to Wasamedia for arranging our visit and to Andrew Thomas for taking the time to show us around his pride and joy - The Oaks.