Benny, one of the Indonesian friends currently living in Singapore whom I made from the amazing ski trip in Japan (confused yet? tongue ), visited Sydney for business. I’ve been dying to find an excuse to try Hurricane’s Grill, and seeing as they only had branches in Sydney, I decided to drag Benny there despite his super busy work schedule. It was a rainy night, too. Sorry, Benny! tongue
I originally booked our Darling Harbour table for two online for 6:30 pm one week ago, but we later thought 7 pm would be a smarter idea. I was able to cancel the first table the next night all on my own online and get another one for 7 pm. So far so good.
We got there on time and waited at reception. I remember walking by this restaurant on weekends and seeing massive queues out front. Tonight, a rainy Wednesday night, there wasn’t a queue outside, but the restaurant was almost full.
Despite booking a table ahead, it took a while before we were seated as if they had to figure out who was meant to serve us. We were finally led to a table in the balcony, away from most of the noise — it would have been impossible to chat if we had been seated in the middle of it all. Unfortunately, because it’s been raining, there wasn’t much of a view, especially not after they drew the blinds.
They were doing a limited time special riblets menu. I’ve heard great things about the ribs at Hurricane’s, so I was really tossing between the two. The waiter patiently explained the difference between the ribs and the riblets, something about the riblets coming from the shoulder instead of the back (I might have mixed this up). My main question was: Is the dish big enough to fill up a glutton like me? The waiter assured me the full rack would be about 800g, so a full rack of riblets it was!
I ordered the full rack of pork riblets with a baked potato ($38); Benny got a full rack of beef riblets with chips ($38) and extra sauce ($2.50), plus a cocktail ($17).
The photo was thankfully taken before they made us wear a bib. tongue The riblets? Absolutely fantastic. Juicy. Tender. Fall-off-the-bone. I didn’t have to use my hands at all; the cutlery they provided was enough for me to get to all the meat. Yes, “fall off the bone” was literal; I thought it was all just hype at Hurricane’s.
Benny was stuffed and I was adequately satisfied. Under $100 for two bellies full of delicious riblets! It was a bit hard to get the waiter’s attention to get the bill, and I knew we got lucky with getting the balcony table this time, but I would not hesitate to go back again. Next time, I think I’ll try the normal ribs!