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Outback Steakhouse

What sort of restaurant comes to mind when you see the above image? With a wood grained paneled interior such as this, the first thing that comes to mind for me is a steakhouse, with all the meaty, smokey goodness that lies within. In this case, it’s the Outback Steakhouse.

It’s the sort of place where manly men hang out with other manly men, or as the manly head of their family, to eat manly meals that are of man-sized portions.

So it’s kind of odd to admit that two men walked into this establishment to share a single entree, a single main and, for a moment, contemplated sharing a dessert. One of those men may have been me.

Steakhouses have never really attracted me as a diner. After all how much skill & effort does it take to pick a good cut of meat, throw it down onto frying pan (or charcoal BBQ if you want to get fancy) wait til it’s done just right, build a pan sauce from the fond as the meat rests (if appropriate) and then eat?

That’s not to say they don’t serve great food. Some do. I’m just not attracted to that sort of food when looking for a place to dine out.

However, we weren’t here for the steaks anyways.

The reason why an old school friend and the person that may have been me found our way into a local Outback Steakhouse was for this.

Chookaburra Wings ($12.95). To everyone outside of the Outback Steakhouse’s marketing department, these are what most people refer to as Buffalo wings; that simple, yet wonderful combination of spicy & buttery, with the typical accompaniments of a cooling blue cheese dipping sauce and celery sticks.

I pity the poor tourist who misreads this menu item and thinks they’re eating some exotic Australian fauna.

These wings are quite nice. Available in mild, medium and hot, to suit all tastes. However, for those of us that love the fiery heat of chili, order hot but expect medium.

The blue cheese dipping sauce is also great, and pairs well with either the wings or the celery. I could easily see myself ordering the dip and celery on its own, were it available on the menu, and were it manly to do so.

Razorback Ribs ($35.95). A full kilo of BBQ pork ribs conceal a pile of chips beneath. An awesome sight to behold in person as a kilo of ribs is certainly more than enough for one, or in this case two. Though there is a lot of bone, a kilo of ribs still amounts to an impressive amount of meat.

As impressive as it was visually, taste wise it was only fair. Meat was a tad on the dry side, as was the sauce glaze. The chips weren’t too bad. A little lacking in the crunch department but that may have something to do with being encased in what would effectively be a meaty steam chamber.

Chocolate Thunder ($10.95) is probably the most man-sized dessert that I’ve seen in a restaurant, especially at that price. A large slab of freshly baked chocolate pecan brownie sits in a pool of warm chocolate sauce. Stacked on top of this foundation of rich chocolatey goodness are scoops of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, capped off with a chocolate twirl.

It’s an awesome dessert too. Not in that fine dining, nuanced textures and complex flavours kind of way. It’s more primal with its awesome. Hot & fudgey contrasts nicely with cold and smooth, with loads of rich sweetness to go around.

Though two individual Chocolate Thunder desserts were ordered, with the amount of struggle required to finish it, we could have done with sharing only one. Though, we’d never admit that to the staff at the Outback Steakhouse, or each other.

Even though many man cards were lost during this dining experience at the Outback Steakhouse, I could certainly see myself coming back for the wings and dessert. Though next time, I think I’ll come up with some story about how I ate at the Japanese place down the road and left unsatisfied.

Or rather, the person that may be me may do so.

Outback Steakhouse (North Strathfield)
Level 1, 3 George Street, North Strathfield
+61 2 8756 5741

Mon-Thurs: 5pm – 10pm
Friday: 5pm – 11pm
Saturday: Noon – 11pm
Sunday: Noon – 10pm

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  • angie August 4, 2010, 12:25 pm

    Been a while since we’ve eaten here. Not the best food in town but sometimes it’s easy to just hop in the car, drive up the road and sit down to a steak, or ribs, or chocolate thunder. It gets a pass from me.

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 9:29 am

      For sure. Though, it was nice for a change.

      Aside from MUMU Grill, this is the first time I’ve dined in an older style steakhouse since Lonestar gave away free peanuts where it was customary to throw the shells on the ground. In other words, a while :)

  • billy@a table for two August 4, 2010, 1:42 pm

    Two guys one fudge the sequel????

    This post even a gay will turn butch! Yeah give me that rump!

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 9:26 am

      Eww. Feel the way about “fudge” in this context the same way you do with “feasting”, or others “moist”.

      The rump’s all yours. I’m more of a breast man, myself.

  • Shanks August 4, 2010, 2:43 pm

    It doesn’t matter what you order or the amount you order as long as you let off the odd grunt in the restaurant to ward off any suspicious manly men :) The wings and sauce are a great combo but no Bloomin Onion? Whole deep fried XL onion served with spicy dipping sauce – *grunts*!!

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 9:22 am

      More power! *grunt* *grunt* *grunt*

      Streuth mate! Didn’cha see we had a bloomin’ time finishin’ what we ordered let alone a Bloomin’ Onion on top of that? Though she looks a wee ripper. Maybe next time :)

  • Anh August 4, 2010, 3:36 pm

    I love buffalo wings and blue cheese dip!

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 9:17 am

      So do I! Use to hate blue cheese but warming up to it more and more.

  • Rhonda (thedaintybaker) August 4, 2010, 4:59 pm

    oh that dessert looks absolutely mouth watering!! good choice with the wings… blue cheese dip is the best!

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 9:16 am

      Both were quite nice. Would probably look into other menu options but those can always be fallback dishes when in doubt.

  • dolly August 4, 2010, 5:20 pm

    i was suppose to go here for my 21st, we waited for 40 minutes and gave up ha.

    ribs look awesome!

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 9:15 am

      Oh, that would suck. Sorry to hear it. We- I mean the person that may be me and his friend didn’t have a problem but only because they arrived an hour before close on a weekday.

  • Simon Food Favourites August 4, 2010, 7:52 pm

    i’d definitely like to try their ribs. are they up to scratch with Hurricanes? prices seem fairly reasonable. love the names of the dishes. i always find chips a big on the soft side when they put them under the ribs. i wish they served them on the side or in a separate bowl so they remain crispy. :-)

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 9:12 am

      It’s been a very long time since I’ve been to Hurricanes (I think 6 years) but based on that memory, I prefer Hurricanes.

      Totally agree with you on the chips thing. Food should be served to make the most of their better qualities.

  • Moya August 4, 2010, 9:54 pm

    So much testosterone floating about I’m growing hair on my chest! No shame in admitting a weakness for American fastfood theme restaurants every now and again as long as there’s lossa fat, salt and carbs, burp!

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 9:10 am

      Oh, it’s not about the weakness that’s the issue. It’s the sharing of food in such an environment. We may as well have ordered salad and nothing else. Same result :)

  • mademoiselle délicieuse August 5, 2010, 2:27 am

    I’m detecting a lot of implied manliness here. And feeling rather inadequate.

    I’ll just go have my steak…over here =p

    • Simon August 5, 2010, 9:13 am

      Well, gotta make up for losses that evening… :)

  • Anita August 5, 2010, 9:04 pm

    The ribs look so good – pity the taste didn’t live up to the looks :(
    I would be ordering that dessert for sure. Thanks for the review, will keep it in mind.

    • Simon August 6, 2010, 1:27 am

      Hope you enjoy the dessert when/if you go :)

  • Trissa August 5, 2010, 9:51 pm

    Before I moved to Australia, I used to eat in the Outback franchise in the Philippines ALOT – I quite enjoyed it but didn’t realize they had an Outback here as well! Good to know.

    • Simon August 6, 2010, 1:27 am

      It’s quite big over seas from what I’ve heard.

      It’s amazing what you can learn from reading blogs, huh? :)

  • the ninja August 5, 2010, 9:56 pm

    gobble the meat and cream the fudge, but don’t get the bone stuck

    • Simon August 6, 2010, 1:29 am

      What, nothing about stinky cheese…?

  • FFichiban August 6, 2010, 12:55 am

    I have only tried the outback in HK and it was actually pretty good but I heard the Sydney one is pretty average and now confirmed

    • Simon August 6, 2010, 1:30 am

      Well, for the ribs at any rate. Don’t know about the steaks but like I said, not the sort of thing that generally attracts me to restaurants.

  • Maria @ ScandiFoodie August 9, 2010, 7:29 am

    This looks interesting! I wouldn’t mind trying this place out :-)

    • Simon August 10, 2010, 11:19 pm

      The bloomin’ onion is the next thing I want to try out when I’m next over there.

  • Betty @ The Hungry Girl August 10, 2010, 1:33 pm

    Woah that dessert looks awesome, and loving the price tag! I’ve actually been to Outback Steakhouse a few times, and I’ve never had a bad experience there, although never mind blowing either. I kinda love their fried onion thingy though :D

    • Simon August 10, 2010, 11:24 pm

      Gotta try the bloomin’ onion when I’m next there. Sounds pretty impressive.

  • Tina@foodboozeshoes August 10, 2010, 8:14 pm

    “meaty steam chamber” – is this like a sauna for chips?

    lol @ chookaburra too!

    • Simon August 10, 2010, 11:30 pm

      Yeah, I guess you could look at it as a chip sauna. Either way, steam doesn’t bode well for the crunchiness of the chips.

  • Obesebaby August 18, 2010, 10:34 am

    love their Buffalo wings!! but can never get a seat without booking.

  • Elaine @ Three Wise Pigs August 24, 2010, 9:36 pm

    I’m nt a big fan of their steak – but I can’t get enough of their french onion rings. I think they serve better entrees compared to mains.

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