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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Hurricane's Grill, Top Ryde

 Last week, Pat and I went on a little lunch date to Hurricane's Grill in Top Ryde City shopping centre. Pat is a friend from uni and will probably be mentioned a lot more in further posts because he is constantly wanting to be my right hand man when it comes to eating food so good luck to him in keeping up! Along with the Top Ryde branch, Hurricane's Grill is also featured along Bondi Beach and Darling Harbour. I've previously been to the Top Ryde one before and it's not bad if you're willing to splurge a bit more money than you'd expect to pay elsewhere but they do have some quite nice cocktails too.

The best photo I could find of Pat
 Pat has a goal for us to be dubbed in his words, 'rib experts' and so what better way to begin our journey than with a visit to Hurricane's for some succulent ribs. Located along the 'La Piazza' in Top Ryde Shopping Centre, during both day and night the restaurant definitely always has vibrant feel about it.
From the Outside

 Pat and I arrived here for lunch and elected to sit outside because there was a cool breeze. We already knew what we were ordering, yet we still spent 10-15 minutes browsing through the menu for any last minute changes.


Dining Area

 The entire menu isn't very diverse, most of the entrée's being either fried seafood or $20+ salads and being a 'bar and grill' restaurant the main's are limited to steaks, burgers and ribs. For $10 we ordered some wedges that claimed to be spiced but there didn't seem to be much difference to regular ones. Even Pat, who is allergic to anything remotely spicy was munching through them. Anyhow we were pretty disappointed that they couldn't get wedges right because they weren't very crunchy and were definitely undercooked.

Spiced Potato Wedges
Served with Sour Cream & Sweet Chilli Sauce

 For our main courses, Pat ordered the full rack of pork ribs ($44.90) and I elected for the full rack of beef ribs ($42.90), otherwise known as Pat's pork and Bernard's beef. Both are served with either a side of chips or baked potato with sour cream and chives. They didn't take too long to arrive and when they did Pat and I were raring to begin our rib feast. We ended up trading about a quarter of our ribs to each other so nobody would miss out! The waiter put bibs on both of us and it signified the beginning of a messy encounter with food.
 Pat's pork ribs were very tender and whilst not quite falling off the bone it was still delicious. The serving size was big which was a plus but Pat and I both agreed that the glazed sauce and meat itself was missing that extra flavour.
Pork Ribs
served with Chips
Pat loving the camera

 My beef ribs consisted of two sets, one stacked on top of the other. The beef ribs were shorter but thicker and the meat was even more tender. The meat was juicy and the flavours were there too, but it was still missing that final touch unfortunately. Nevertheless it was still ribs and it definitely filled our craving for meat.

Beef Ribs
served with Baked Potato and Chives

 Overall our lunch was enjoyable and it pleasantly satisfied our food adventure. I would recommend it for a try but I don't think you'll leave thinking that it was value for money or that the food was particularly special. 
Bunny Rating-
Category: Dining

The link at the beginning of the post leads to the home website for Hurricane's Grill which provides more information on the restaurant and it's branches along with everything else that is on the menu.

Hurricane's Grill & Bar on Urbanspoon

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