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Smoky goodness

Last night the PRODIJEE team was invited to attend the launch of new menu specials at Meatworks Co in South Melbourne, it was also a new venue for me.


Located at 28 Ross Street, South Melbourne, Meatworks Co is a smokehouse, bar and grill set in an amazing steam punk ex motor garage with a 450kg hand built smoker the owners have lovingly named ‘Betsy’.



The name behind some of Sydney’s favourite eateries – Jones the Grocer and The Victoria Room – Lindsay Jones-Evans, brings his meticulous design skills to this renovated South Melbourne address. The result is a unique house of meat, where the Meatworks Co team creates flavours inspired by the best of East and West, dished up with delicious style.

gallery-2Whether slow-roasted, braised or smoked to mouth-watering perfection, Meatworks Co is a pleasure palace of meaty goodness, but there is more than just meat.

Seafood lovers and vegetarians are well catered to with an impressive menu and when it comes to desserts, think classics or indulge in Middle Eastern treats, a sweet way to end your dining experience.


Last night’s event was to taste the mouth-watering Meatworks Co’s new weekend specials which, in collaboration with Quiet Deeds, were paired with great beers.

We started the evening with Spicy Chicken Balls served in mini buns. These oh so delicious tasty morsels, that were full of coriander and spices, were served with Quiet Deeds Session Ale. For the lunch specials, the chicken balls will be served in a pita wrap and a side of fries.


Our next tasting was of smoked pulled beef brisket, again served in a mini bun, but will also be served in a pita wrap with a side of fries for the lunch special. Smoking brisket is well known to be a precarious task as it can more often than not dry out and be like string. Not this one, the chefs have mastered the art of locking in the moisture in and infusing a delicious smoke flavour. The brisket was perfectly matched with Quiet Deeds Pale Ale.


Quiet Deeds Session Ale and Pale Ale are fantastic beers for those who aren’t real beer drinkers, especially when matched with the right foods. At this event, the beers were perfectly matched and even someone who isn’t a real beer drinker, like me, is pretty sure to love these tastes as they are light and almost fruity.


Our final tasting for the evening was a smoked pork sausage hot dog which also will be served with a side of fries for the lunch special. Again, smoky and tender, this delicious sausage served in a bun works perfectly with Quiet Deeds IPA, a stronger beer that is packed with flavour.

These new menu specials are available from November 26 to December 18, Saturdays and Sundays from 11.00am to 3.00pm.

But check out the full menu which includes Slow Braised Sticky Beef Shin, Smoked Salmon & Pomegranate Salad, Smoked Beef Platter, Black Pepper Chicken Drumettes, and Persian Smoked Salmon Omelette.


The Meatworks Co team are smoking, roasting and grilling shared platters of meat and seafood to perfection with perfectly matched cocktails, craft beers and wines. They offer humble, classic, simple and tasty meals designed to satisfy and I can’t wait to get back there to try more of their delicious smoky dishes.

Dinner every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 6pm-11pm

Lunch every Tuesday 11.30am – 4.00pm

Brunch every Saturday and Sunday – 10.00am to 4.00pm

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Bookings – 03 9041 5727 or email

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by Carol Sheridan