Restaurant Review: Squires Loft Camberwell

Now that we have moved to Melbourne, we are finding great new places to eat.

We are also trying to find places that are close to home in the inner-east suburbs.

There are seriously so many to chose from that it’s hard to narrow it down and actually pick one!

We decided to use the excuse of Valentine’s Day to go out to dinner. Unfortunately, we only thought about this a few days before Valentine’s Day, and the actual place we wanted to try was fully booked…

So instead we searched for steak and wine places around the local area and found Squires Loft online. They had room for 2 so we booked it in.

After booking it, I realised that Squires Loft is part of a large chain of restaurants. I must have been hiding under a rock for a while because I’ve never heard of it!

We got to the restaurant and the tables were set up in a way that made it look quite fancy. The restaurant itself has a typical rustic and slightly industrial feel to it. There are exposed brick and cement walls, geometric gold lampshades hanging from the ceiling, and black metal accents.

However, from the way that people dressed in the restaurant, it is clearly not seen as an upmarket or fancy restaurant.

Maybe it was just that night and people had just come from work… I definitely saw a few flannelette shirts and work boots in the restaurant, so it’s definitely possible!

What I mean by this is that the atmosphere was definitively not an intimate date night restaurant. It has more of a family pub restaurant feel to it.

The service was very good though. I found the staff were attentive and did not take too long to serve us. They checked up on us intermittently without it intruding on our meals, and all staff seemed to have this same level of service.

Pretty impressive that they were not buckling under the pressure of it being Valentine’s Day.

We ordered baked mushrooms and feta for a shared entree, and steaks and chips for our mains.

The waitstaff brought out our drinks, then shortly after the mushrooms and feta was served. It was definitely a nice start to the meal and I would definitely recommend it to be shared between two.

It is very salty though so it may be worth having some greens or a salad with it.

It can also come as a side to your steak, and I think it would make a really nice side too.

We then had steak and chips for the main. It was nothing special to look at – just your standard looking pub version of steak and chips with a gravy sauceboat. I had creamy garlic sauce and my partner had pepper. They were both delicious!

Keep in mind the sauce is an extra $4.50 each though.

The sauce was not even necessary because the steak was so good! There was a basting sauce that was on the steak and this made it very juicy. The steak was cooked to perfection and was probably the best steak I’ve ever had at a restaurant!

The Squires Loft is not lying when they say that “we are the steak specialists”.

The price of food is not too expensive and is expected for steaks. The wines are expensive though so you may look at getting a bottle to share, or stick to beer and cider.

I’m definitely planning on heading back to Squires Loft in Camberwell soon!

Rating of Restaurant

Atmosphere: 3/5 | Service: 4.5/5 | Taste: 5/5 | Presentation: 3/5 | Value for money 4.5/5

Overall: 20/25

Have you been to Squires Loft before? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments section!

Bye for now

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