After the difficult decision of Ribs or Burgers? It’s a matter of just choosing between beef, pork or lamb!
This was our very first time at a Ribs & Burgers store, and after making the difficult decision of either ribs or burgers? Like choosing between keeping your left hand or right? We both chose ribs over burgers, as it’s much easier to score a burger elsewhere, but how often do you have ribs? …Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question…
So once the decision was made to consume the thoracic cage, the next choice was either beef, pork or lamb? And I had been told that pork ribs was the choice for many, so I chose the Pork ribs with chips and slaw (the “Rib Rack Pack”, $20), while my wife also had the $20 deal but chose the more premium meat of lamb.
And kudos to the point-of-sale chick, we usually don’t fall for the super-size me question, but this time we did agree. “Would you like a slider for an extra $5?” “Um, why not.” So in the end we did manage to get both Ribs & Burgers! A mini cheese burger slider for an extra $5.
And when our food arrived on their serving boards, it was hard to resist tucking in! The couple of minutes to take our customary food pics was torturous, smelling the aroma of BBQ slathered ribs! In the end we just took the pics, not bothering to wait for the 2 bowls of slaw which were yet to arrive (served up a couple of mins later).
Mmmmmm, the meat literally fell off the bone! No need for cutlery or the steak knife- your fingers & thumbs was all you need to tear the ribs apart. And after you had a rib clutched in between your fingers, all you had to do next was to tear the meat away from the bone – #Primitive man! The pork was so tender, slightly burnt and crispy on the outside but almost melt-in-your-mouth on the inside! It was already slathered in BBQ sauce, so there was no need to uncap the two bottles of sauce provided at each table. And with your fingers greasy with sauce and drippings, then you tuck into a few hot chippies before tucking back into the ribs! For the serving of pork, I received 6 ribs – each rib was at least 15-20 cms in length?
And oh yeah…..Somewhere along the way we managed to share the burger slider. The beef patty was cooked medium rare, so it also melted in the mouth! Mmmmm.
And for my wife’s lamb ribs, she received a rack of 8 shorter ribs (around 10cms each), they were tasty as well! The Lamb ribs were a little chewier, by no means was it not good, but it wasn’t melt in your mouth and you had to work on them a bit. But flavourwise, it tasted so good, if you like the gamier taste of lamb of course. We swapped ribs towards the end, and it seems the going rate was 1 Pork rib buys you 2 Lamb ribs, unless your wife is starting to get full and the exchange rate becomes 1 Pork buys you 3 Lamb ribs! #Bargain!
Our end verdict, 4.5 from 5 Stars! (2.5 from 3 for Food (I could’ve easily given it the full 3 stars as the food was faultless, but we rarely give out 5 star ratings, so we had to deduct it from somewhere. But in my eyes the food was literally perfect!); 0.5 from 0.5 for Service (the staff were efficient and friendly); 0.5 from 0.5 for Atmosphere (the clientele were mostly young, and everyone were having a great time, even the music playlist was boppier); and 1 from 1 for Value for money (In the end to have a rack of ribs, heaps of chippies, a decent sized serving of slaw, and a mini burger for $25? That’s really good value in this day and age!)).
In conclusion, Ribs & Burgers is a chain store, and usually chain stores attract a type of negative connotation- but for Ribs & Burgers they’re serving up proven winners, at a repeatable quality! And for the first time, a restaurant were able to serve up an offering which lived up to the lofty marketing slogans as seen on their corporate web-site! Good on ya! I def know where I’ll be going next time when we’re craving Ribs! And we have to come back another day to properly put Ribs & Burgers through the Burger Vs Burger challenge! From the taste test of the slider alone, I think they’re in a good position to knock-off a couple of the trending burger joints in our current top 5!
Ribs & Burgers- Saturday 22 June (4.5 Stars).
PH: (02) 9280 0488
Shop RB09, Lower Ground Level, Central Park Shopping Centre, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW
Sun – Thurs 11am – 9.30pm
Fri-Sat 11am – 10pm