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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Ablaze Grill and Bar, Moore Park

Prime Rib Rye 500gm $36.00
with mushroom sauce $2.00

King Island prime rib served on the bone with kipfler potatoes
and roasted field mushroom topped with onion and balsamic jam

You wouldn't think I'd just had a six-course banquet lunch at a Vietnamese engagement party, but here I am, sitting down for dinner less than four hours later and saying to the waitress "yes, I'll have the Prime Rib Eye, 500 grams, medium rare, thanks".

It's amazing what happens once the gastric juices start flowing and by the time I've breathed in the tantalising aroma of charcoal, watched the other tables dig into giant hamburgers and dawdle over golden fat fries, I'm practically rubbing my hands together with glee when my giant behemoth of a steak arrives at our table.

Grande T-Bone 650gm $34.00
with bearnaise sauce $2.00
served with steak cut chips

We've all ordered steak. Two giant rib eyes, two giant T-bones. Why go for petite when grande is so much more fun?

Some minor quibbles: our steaks are all a fraction overcooked (more medium-well than medium rare), I struggle to cut my steak in its bowl-like plate, and the limp watery carrot daikon garnish only detracts from the overall taste and presentation of our meals.

It's the field mushroom that is the unexpected highlight: deliciously earthy with a firm meaty texture. The onion and balsamic jam is also very good.

'The steaks are fair; not quite as tender as we'd hoped for. The barbecue grill may have been ablaze but not our hearts, tonight, alas.

Prime Rib Rye 500gm $36.00
with spicy peri-peri sauce $2.00

King Island prime rib served on the bone with kipfler potatoes
and roasted field mushroom topped with onion and balsamic jam

Ablaze Grill and Bar
The Entertainment Quarter
Level 1, Shop 211, Driver Avenue,
Moore Park, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9360 0097

Monday to Thursday 5.00pm-9.30pm
Friday 5.00pm-10.00pm
Saturday 12.00pm-10.30pm
Sunday 11.30am-9.30pm
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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 12/05/2007 11:58:00 pm


  • At 12/06/2007 3:16 pm, Blogger Unknown said…

    I have not had a steak in a very very long time, and the ones on your blog look yummy. I like it when it is charred on the outside, like your photos, and rare to medium rare on the inside. You are making me hungry for a steak!

  • At 12/06/2007 10:56 pm, Blogger Rachel said…

    eep! nothing worse than large disappointing meal. Its hard to decide if its worse to leave some or keep eating something that doesn't live up to expectations.

    on the topic of charred meat ... have you tried any of the Argentinean grills? I am particularly curious about the all you can eat joint with the traditional red and green signs at the table based in coogee.

  • At 12/09/2007 3:15 am, Blogger Ms One Boobie said…

    Good steaks are hard to come by here.. :(

  • At 12/09/2007 7:37 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Six course lunch, followed by big steak dinner. That's what I call dedication to your craft :) Pity the steak was a disappointment though. I rarely have a huge chunk of steak, so when I do, I'd want it to be perfect too.

  • At 12/10/2007 1:43 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Lannae - I like a bit of charring too altho' I always get strange looks when I start scavenging all the burnt bits off the bbq!

    Hi Rachel - I've only been to La Parrillada but yes, I have heard of that place in Coogee and yes it does look crazy good :)

    Hi Mamabok - Sometimes I think the best steaks are the ones you make at thome :)

    Hi Y - I don't think my scales approve though!


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