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The Outback Steakhouse

The Outback Steakhouse

Ever since I saw the picture of the Bloomin’ Onion on The Outback Steakhouse‘s menu in Hong Kong many years ago, I’ve always wanted to try it.  It just looked so pretty.

Now many years after, I finally had the chance.  This was during another one of my trips down to the States.

The Outback Steakhouse interior

It was a pretty dark restaurant.  The night we went it was pretty quiet also.  We were promptly served and service was friendly.

Decor wasn’t particularly “Australian”, although I’m pretty sure that aside from the name of the restaurant, it has NOTHING at all to do with the place at all.

What we didn’t like was that in the booth seats (which we were seated), the lamp is hung really low to the table, that casted an unwanted glare to my eyes and it was a bit bothersome to have a conversation.

The Outback Steakhouse bread

We were given an interesting loaf of bread to start.  Boyfriend says it tastes like chocolate but I’m not so sure.  It was good though, soft and chewy.

The Outback Steakhouse: Bloomin' Onion

The Outback Steakhouse: Bloomin' OnionIsn’t it pretty?  It was so lovely looking that I didn’t want to eat it at first.  I especially liked the description of it.

However, we both agreed that it looked a bit dark, and likely that they haven’t changed the frying oil for a while.  It would’ve been better if it was more golden yellow than dark brown.

The Outback Steakhouse: Bloomin' Onion

Boyfriend kept saying he didn’t like it that much.  But by the time I’ve finished taking pictures of the onion and the menu, he has already finished half of the thing! 🙂

The Outback Steakhouse: Baby Back Ribs

He ordered the Baby Back Ribs.  The half-rack cost $15.95USD.  It was pretty good, very tender and quite a bit of meat.  He was confused why it was served with a sweet apple compote/sauce though.  Anyone have any ideas?

The Outback Steakhouse: Outback Special Platter

I had what they call the Outback Special Platter.  It’s a 6(?) oz steak grilled to your choice of doneness.  I picked medium-rare and they did that pretty well.

Although upon cutting it up, it looked pretty dry but that was not the case.  It was actually pretty tender.  And although I’m not a fan of potatoes done any way, I enjoyed the mashed spuds.  This was quite a bargain I thought at $10.95USD.

We were quite stuffed so we didn’t get dessert.  Overall the meal was not bad but this probably won’t be our first choice again for dinner in the States.  We’re not big fans of steak.

The Bloomin’ Onion was worth a try though.

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