Have long been curious about the quite popular Ribs and Burgers/Ribs and Rumps stores, so when we decided it was a good time to go out for a family dinner, and everyone was open to suggestion, I offered it up in lieu of the usual traditional Cantonese fare. Being situated along James Street, parking was no easy feat and was only achieved after considerable efforts were spent.
A large menu was positioned at the door and the restaurant was surprisingly counter service.
Given that setup, I thought for sure it would be table service, but I guess I was wrong. Thankfully my companions were decisive and it didn't take long for them to make a decision.
After ordering we were given a canister with a number for staff to bring out food. Now we had initially asked stuff to give us a table inside the store, and despite the fact that it was completely full inside, staff agreed and asked us to wait, promising that the next vacant table inside would be given to us. Unfortunately, whilst we were waiting for staff to clear a table that had left, new customers had arrived and promptly rushed to grab said table and the staff didn't stop them. So in the end, we were unfortunately banished to the outside, when in my opinion staff members really ought to have stepped up and told the other patrons that we were already waiting in line. Despite the seating dramas, staff were friendly, and our food came quickly to be rapidly cooled by the wind =_=.
Opting to share all dishes, it made for quite a spread.
First thing I tried was that Lemon and Herb Grilled Chicken. Comprising of two Flame grilled breast fillets, they were slightly dry, but redeemed in part by the lemon basting. For such a meat heavy meal, the lemon added a twist of refreshment and tanginess which I quite enjoyed.
Next we had the Flame Grilled Grass Fed Rump. Despite the considerable size, it was not too thick, which meant that it wasn't able to be cooked too rare. While the meat wasn't too tender, the thinness meant that it wasn't overly chewy. Taste wise, I would have enjoyed a side of gravy, but the basting on it was adequate.
Next up was the Boneless beef ribs. These were my favourite of the evening, being quite juicy, tender and smokey, the parcels of meat melted in my mouth and bursted with delicious BBQ sauce. I really enjoyed it.
Our last meat dish was the BBQ Chicken Wings with Ranch dip. Despite opting for the less spicy option, these were considerably spicy and the sauce was very very sticky. The spice was quickly cooled by the addition of ranch sauce, and the wings were quite tender and juicy which was well liked by a couple of my companions.
Further to our meat dishes, we had three sides. First up was a bucket of chips. The quantity was quite generous and they were served quite hot but not too crispy. I would have liked some seasoning or sauce to make it stand out a bit more.
While they chips werent crispy, the onion rings definitely were. They were finely shredded and fried to a crisp. Although served without sauce or seasoning, the basic onion taste was doubtlessly more exciting than standard potato chips. I really enjoyed them.
Last but not least, the token veges to balance our meal were found in a dish of coleslaw. I like how fresh it was and how it wasn't drenched in sauce. The cabbage was really crunchy and we appreciated the refreshment immensely.
Price Range: $20 - $30pp