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Thursday, 10 April 2008

Eat a whole kilogram of this?....

As a keen red meat eater, I'd been wanting to try out the Bull Bar for some time. I reckon I'm up for 1kg of prime steak for free - as long as I eat it in less than 20 minutes....

However, my experience after tennis last week did not encourage me to want to eat their steak at all...

I'd done the hour running around on the court and 'went on' for a quick drink after with my tennis buddies. After two G&Ts I decided I needed time and sustainance to absorb the alcohol before driving home. So one of the crew volunteered to accompany me to the Bull Bar to check out these 'amazing' steaks. Now, I'm no fool. I'm not ordering 1kg of steak without testing the fare first...and it IS a LOT of meat...

So sensibly we both ordered the smallest steak on the menu - 250gms of prime rump, medium rare, just over $20 (300-500gms of varous cuts were priced in the mid-high $30 range). Mmm...well it came medium (which I can live with) but it was no prime rump. 1/2 inch thick and looking a lot like it had been pan fried rather than grilled, and the 'char' grid stamped on the meat after (my mate actually said it reminded him of the lines on a Hungry Jacks pattie). It was tender enough but had no flavour. Now, they do recommend a variety of sauces on the menu but I'm not a sauce girl as I like to enjoy the true flavour of what I order. So, maybe Bull Bar works on the odds that most people order gravy and this improves the steak...

I found the Bull Bar lacked atmosphere. I know it was a Thursday night, but it was very quiet and the 'live' band was a guy with a guitar who started at 8pm, had a break at 8.30pm, and came back on at 9.15pm. We joked that maybe the chef was doubling as the band as 'Stevo' started playing as soon as all the meals were 'out'.

Personally, I think the pub atmosphere at the end of an ally, with average food and service finds it hard to compete with other pub grub and at top dollar. I think I'll stick with the RSL for a cheap feed with a better outlook and similar value for money.

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