Steak Medium Means Steak Medium in Australia

I made the mistake of ordering my porterhouse steak medium well when we ate at the restaurant across the street from the Sandy Hotel, because in America that usually translates to medium rare. The cooks there are largely incompetent, lazy, and rushed, so their only compulsion is to get the food out of their sight as quickly as possible.

But not in Australia. The cooks here are competent and medium well means that. So I should have ordered it medium rare, the way I like it. Lesson learned.

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