Hello I’m back from Australia, a long time ago actually. I’m so glad that I met up with my dearest tennis partner YP, who has been studying in Sydney for about two years. She knows where to head to for good food! I got to know about Not Quite Nigella through her. We took a long leisurely stroll from the The Great Southern Hotel where I stayed over for two nights, to Hurricane’s Grill at Darling Harbour’s Harbourside Shopping Centre.
We went in as soon as it was open for business so the place was empty. However, the waiter ushered us to the tables outdoors because we did not make any reservations. At that point in time, I was thinking.. What? There isn’t a single customer.. Don’t tell me ALL the tables located indoors are reserved? Power.
It’s a good thing that the view from the second floor is nice. Sorry about the trees. I’m tempted to say coconut trees :X Plus I enjoyed the nice cool breeze.
The place was empty when we were seated. But as we were looking through the menu, placing our orders and waiting patiently for our food, the crowd streamed in slowly.
A dozen Natural Oysters with Lemon (AU$37) served as a good start to our meal. These oysters were shucked so all we had to do was to just squeeze some lemon onto them and slurp them down. I’m sorry that I have to say this, but for those who don’t eat oysters, you don’t know what you are missing out on!
Supposedly a local favorite, the Garlic Prawns (AU$18) were a bit of a letdown. The memorable thing was that it was served bubbling hot and it reminded me of a witch’s couldron. Haha. There were about 5 or 6 pieces of prawns that were fairly huge and succulent. The downside was that the taste of garlic was pretty mild.
The soup of the day happened to be Potato and Broccoli Soup (AU$11) and we had a Garlic Roll (AU$4.50) to go along with it. I have never had potato and broccoli soup before. At first I thought I would faint on the spot if I see a soupy version with vegetable pieces in it, but thank god, no! I’m glad to say that I have never tasted such awesome soup. Rich, creamy, and sweet. Its consistency was perfect, so perfect.
We were here for their ribs and you get to choose among pork, lamb and beef, half or full rack. We had a Full Rack Pork Rib (AU$34), the photo shows only half a rack 😛 Hurricane’s make their own rib sauce and I can only say that it’s finger-lickin’ good! (Sorry KFC!) The ribs were grilled to near perfection, meat was tender and juicy, a little charred on the sides.
We were given bibs to put on! Hmm, you can choose to say no if you don’t want to. Heh.. 😛 And don’t bother about eating with a knife and fork. Use your fingers! More shiok.
In case you were wondering how can two girls manage to eat so much.. It was actually a table of five. The more the merrier, more food coverage too! Haha. Unfortunately, I did not find the BBQ Chicken (AU$27 Whole, AU$20 Half) particularly impressive. The BBQ sauce tasted somewhat similar to the rib sauce. Or maybe we had ourselves to blame for eating a mouthful of ribs and then another mouthful of chicken, repeat cycle X 10. The chicken was quite oily and too charred for my liking.
Hurricane’s was almost packed by the time we were done! And when we went back to the area to do a bit more shopping, there was a long and messy queue during dinner. Seems like a pretty popular place! It has to be the ribs. It must be!
Hurricane’s Grill & Bar
Harbourside Shopping Centre,
Shops 433-436, Level 2,
Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia
Tel: 02 9211 2210
Mon to Sun
12pm – 3pm (Lunch)
5.30pm – late (Dinner)