My friend Rale wanted to celebrate his birthday with a BBQ in Lane Cove Park. Unfortunately the weather didn’t agree and we had to go with Plan B: Ribs And Rumps.
Alvaro and I drove to North Ryde watching the scenery change, amazed at how a few kilometers can make such a difference. In the middle of big suburban houses, an office building complex houses this instance of RnR, a grill chain with restaurants in NSW, QLD, Dubai and South Africa.
We were assigned a private dining room with a rustic warm vibe thanks to a wall-sized shelf with stacked logs. After a round of drinks we were ready to order. Alvaro and I shared the mixed grill combo, with beef and lamb ribs, top sirloin steak, lamb chops and beef sausage, topped with a fried egg. The sides of choice in the menu were potato chips or boiled potatoes with sour cream, but fortunately the waiter mentioned two more options: mashed potatoes or steamed vegetables. Guess what I chose… :)
Mixed grill combo ($49.95)
The first thing we tried was a big disappointment. The sausage tasted a lot like cloves, it almost felt like going to the dentist. I ordered the steak medium rare but it arrived medium. If you know a restaurant where you get your steaks delivered at the temperature you requested, please let me know. The meat was good, though.
The ribs were the highlight of the combo: moist and flavourful.
The lamb chops were a bit dry for my taste, unlike the ones I had at lunch at the World Chef Showcase. With that much food the fried egg on top could have been omitted, although I did like its runny yolk as seasoning for my vegetables. The Greek salad we had as a side could have been omitted, too.
Greek salad ($10.50)
We ended up absolutely stuffed, wondering who would have the guts to order the challenge: 1 kg man-o-war rump + a full rack of ribs + fries for $84.95. The prize? Your photo in the hall of fame, a 10% discount card and a steak knife. And a big indigestion, of course.
Ribs And Rumps
11 Talavera Road
North Ryde NSW 2113
(02) 9805 1199