IT’S OCTOBER, EVERYONE ! :) And you know what that means – Crave Sydney (formerly known as Good Food Month) has begun ! Sydney’s international food festival includes the night noodle markets, outdoor art exhibitions, the Darling Harbour fiesta (Latin American dance festival), the comedy festival, island hopping, seven bridges walk, and BREAKFAST ON THE BRIDGE.
Not to mention the coveted Enliven Your Senses deals (think buy 1 get 1 free deals at Wolfie’s Grill, Golden Century, Kobe Jones, Din Tai Fung, The Corn Exchange, Ice Cube Seafood Grill …the list is endless!) has been extended by Pulse until 31 October to their members, this time also including buy 1 get 1 free Avenue Q and Dendy cinema tickets and much, much more :)
I’ve had my Pulse card since I was in Year 8 – I think because I spent $20 at Diva – so I don’t exactly remember how to become a member :( ..but if you check out the website you should be able to find out how !
ANYWAYS ……. :)
I was never a fan of meat, and if not for my mum’s force feeding habits when I was younger, I’d probably be a vegetarian today (I’d also have a really tiny appetite and never finish my plate).
So when one of my friends mentioned Ribs and Rumps, a “new” steakhouse that had opened just five minutes away from Macquarie Centre, I wasn’t exactly thrilled to be trying it out.
As it turned out, Ribs and Rumps is now one of those steakhouses that I wouldn’t mind going to ..again & again & again.
With cute napkins like these, and radio ads with tribal men drumming out the slogan “RIBS. AND RUMPS”, assif you wouldn’t go !
The Caesar – $11.95 (Side, or table for $18.95)
An old time favourite – cos lettuce, egg, crispy bacon, fresh croutons and shavings of Parmesan cheese, tossed with a traditional Caesar dressing
When most people go to steakhouses, the first thing that they’d be inclined to order would be steak. Same goes for Pancakes at the Rocks – you’d go there to try their pancakes ! But a shared entree of salad is always a good thing :) Especially when they taste as nice as the ones at Ribs and Rumps ! The lettuce was fresh, the cheese was tasty (not old and mouldy – yuck!), and the croutons were crunchy :)
My companions all bibbed up :)
Aside from the salad, we had to try the ribs and rumps ! :) As soon as we ordered the ribs, our waitstaff came back to our table with a wooden bowl (for rib bones), as well as four bibs. Tehehe, wearing bibs are such a novelty !
The 500g hide of rump – $39.95, and creamy mushroom sauce – $2.95
A mammoth rump, for the real man or woman!
Pictured above is a 500g rump steak – my camera doesn’t do it justice as to how big it should be – but then again, from memory, I don’t remember thinking the steak was particularly big. Ours was done medium rare, so it was a little chewy, but I think that’s the way it is when you get MR.
The waiters were sneaky too – our dedicated waiter asked us if we wanted sauce – neglecting to mention it cost a sneaky $2.95 ;) . Haha, you also get a choice of fries or baby potatoes and sour cream with your dish.
Pork Ribs (1kg rack) – $47.95
Lean and tender
I don’t believe I was really a fan of ribs until this fateful day. Same deal with the steak – you have a choice of either fries or baby potatoes – but these ribs were just soooo good. Succulent and juicy, they are very easy to eat with civilised OR uncivilised – if you like using cutlery or not.
But I have a bone to pick with you – my sister says that she has a friend who has a friend (lol) who works at Ribs and Rumps - and apparently their ribs “stay on the floor” for ages. She told me this with the thought that it would deter me from eating them, but alas :) They are just too good ! This place could even be blacklisted on the Name ‘n’ Shame and I would go back and eat them :)
Half rack of lamb ribs – $24.95
True to my word, I did come back a later day and order a half rack of lamb ribs for myself :) Lamb is definitely nowhere near as good as pork, but it was still deliciously tasty :)
Ribs and Rumps’ marinade is amazing imo, and the way they grill it is never overdone or chewy. The meat is always thick and juicy – but I wouldn’t suggest getting any more than a half rack – you’d get sick of eating a kilogram of the same stuff !
The dessert menu at Ribs and Rumps is also a sneaky marketing tool – simply a dessert platter with all their cakes on display – no prices included ! The selection above included tiramisu, chocolate cake, strawberry mousse, ricotta cheesecake, apple pie, passionfruit ganache …and I forgot the rest.
And so after the waiters have gone to all the effort of bringing the platter out to show you, you feel compelled to make a purchase !
Ricotta Cheesecake – $9
IMO the presentation is pretty good for a steakhouse. In addition to chocolate sauce and a small bowl of vanilla ice cream, you’re also given a side of whipped cream and strawberry. I don’t remember being blown away OR feeling utterly disgusted by this dessert – so let’s just be neutral :)
Passionfruit Ganache – $9
Strawberry syrup :) I think it was passionfruit ganache ? Or maybe it was coulis ..who knows, it was so long ago -_-
Way back when, I was always one of those people who would prefer spinach to steak, and cabbage and brussels sprouts to fish and lamb. Needless to say ..my eating habits have changed ..immensely.
If North Ryde is a bit of a trek for you, Ribs and Rumps can also be found at Campbelltown, Manly, and Sydney Olympic Park – and there’s even one in Africa and in Dubai !
If you’re planning on dining here, I’d suggest booking because the place is usually quite full. There’s a dedicated carpark surrounding the North Ryde branch, but that’s usually full as well. As for its comparison to other steakhouses? A little pricy compared to the likes of Hogs’ Breath, but I’d say that for me it poops on Hurricane’s by far! And they have a Frequent Diners’ reward system set up too ! But don’t take my word for it, you should try it yourself :)
Ribs and Rumps (visited 01/05/09 & 02/22/09)
11 Talavera Road
Tel: (02) 9805 1199
Fax: (02) 9805 0990