Hogs Breath Cafe, Chadstone

I’ve contemplated time and time again whether or not I should blog about this restaurant. The photos never turn out well because of the lighting and the food doesn’t look all that nice to photograph anyway. I tend to go there a lot because a friend of mine lives very close by and he absolutely LOVES this place. If you can’t tell yet, it’s not my favourite steakhouse in the world, but it’s by no means bad either. The first few meals here didn’t make it on the blog, but it’s time for its entrance finally.

Hogs Breath Cafe. Every time I see the logo or hear its name makes me think of one of my all time favourite Disney films The Lion King. And although Pumbaa is one of my favourite characters, I’m not sure how smelly hog breath ended up being the logo and name of a steak house nor do I understand how it’s meant to be appetising in any way. But, the food is always reasonably tasty so I can’t complain.

Like most people, whenever we visit, we’d always order some form of steaks. They have a big range of steak toppings and varieties of steaks that you can choose from. One of my favourites is the prime rib beef steaks which have been cooked for at least 18 hours. This is what gives them that totally tender and juicy texture. It’s almost like beef that has had bicarb soda added to it (for those of you who don’t know, you can add bicarb soda to tenderise meat).

The steak I ordered this time was the calamari prime rib with a light cut for $26.95. It came with the rib steak, calamari and a choice of boiled veggies/salad and chips/mash. I opted for chips and salad as I always alternate with what Yuye orders (so we can share of course). As usual it was a very tender piece of steak and was quite tasty. I didn’t like the calamari as much because it just wasn’t as crispy as I’d wanted. There was also a bit too much tear jerking huge pieces of onions in my salad as well. Overall though, it was what I expected from Hogs Breath. Not the most high class steak you can get around, but not bad by any means.

Yuye ordered the rib and steak combo for $30.95, which came with a small version of flame grilled ribs and a smaller piece of the prime rib. He chose mash and boiled veggies so they’re opposite to mine, but pretty much didn’t share any of his veggies with me anyway! 🙁 I wanted the corn. Boo. I like the ribs made here, they’re sweet, sticky and quite tasty and can be ordered as a whopper $44.95 dish of 2 pieces of huge ribs. The steak was similar to mine, except without a topping.

I wish I hadn’t ordered a drink because the iced coffee I got was terrible. It practically didn’t taste like anything apart from milk. I really wished they had added in a bit more coffee but I wasn’t really expecting much. Their cocktails look a lot nicer, although with a significant price escalation too.

Personally, I’d rather make steaks at home for the price of these dishes, however with that said, I don’t think I can ever have the patience to cook steaks for 18 hours or more so my own steaks won’t be as tender. If you feel like eating steak and Hogs Breath is nearby, by all means give it a go. A lot of people seem to like it and the food is tasty. Just don’t expect something classy or refined as that of other steakhouses.

A booking is usually recommended as the last time we visited (on a Friday night) took more than 20 minutes of waiting before we were seated.

Hogs Breath is a franchise that have locations in all states of Australia and even in New Zealand, with the most numbers in Queensland and NSW.

Hogs Breath Cafe
Phone: (03) 9568 8321
699 Warrigal Rd, Chadstone VIC

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9 comments… add one
  • theragingcook August 2, 2012, 7:15 pm

    lol i’ve never eaten at Hog’s Breath, but during Uni days I did eat at this Chaddy Hog’s Breath (however it was Lonestar Steakhouse back in 2001) lol. It was pretty good to me at the time hahaha

  • cakewhiz August 3, 2012, 7:37 am

    i would be scared to go to a place with a name like “hog’s breath”… lol. but, i like how the place looks and the food does look very tasty!

  • yummychunklet August 3, 2012, 8:13 am

    What a fun looking place!

  • Choc Chip Uru August 3, 2012, 9:14 am

    Hogs Breath is one of my brothers favourite meaty restaurant 😀
    Great photos!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Iron Chef Shellie August 3, 2012, 11:57 am

    Been once and didn’t like it. Your friend needs to find a better restaurant near by!!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook August 3, 2012, 3:46 pm

    Funny name, but first thing I noticed in the first picture was Kids Eat Free sign. Man, I guess I’m a mom. Despite the funny restaurant name, I like this place. The food has nice volume but it looks nice. Does Austrian serving size is huge like Americans? I need to learn a lot about Australian culture – I noticed I don’t know much.

  • Ames August 4, 2012, 1:00 am

    Yet to go, but reckon I should give it a try before I write it off huh? Love a good steak and like you would probably never have the patience to cook one for 18 hours!

  • Ming @ sweetandsourfork August 5, 2012, 11:42 am

    Pfft, ugly photos – they’re as beautiful as always, so Hakuna Matata!

  • kitchenriffs August 6, 2012, 12:24 pm

    I’d go just because of the name! One of my favorite restaurant names ever was Pig Snoot Heaven, a place in Kansas City (this is years ago – I doubt if it’s still there). Anyway, I doubt if I’ll ever have an opportunity to visit this – but I enjoyed reading about it.


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