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Published October 13th 2015
Masterchef's Rare Rumps in Roseville
Sometimes all you want is a good steak cooked by somebody else, but quality and price vary hugely between places (and aren't necessarily directly correlated) - it can be a high steaks game of trial and error (boom boom!)
Happily, I have found my North Shore happy medium - nicely done steaks cooked to the medium rare juicy pinkness I love, at a very reasonable price, and they are coming out of a Masterchef graduate's kitchen, of all places, in Roseville - Hux Grill.
Jay Huxley, picture from the restaurant's website
perfectly pink steak, photo from Hux Grill website
Jay Huxley was on the Channel Ten reality-TV staple, Masterchef, in 2011. While he was sent home early having been outmanouvred by a pandan chiffon cake and black sesame icecream, he had been a strong early contender, and if the food at Hux Grill is anything to go by, I can see why.
As well as offering 'normal' steaks, Jay does a signature speciality 1.3kg Bindareee ribeye Tomahawk steak for two people, which is so tender it will have you gobsmacked. The secret is in its preparation - it is slow cooked sous vide for 1.5 hours then finished on a grill for 40 seconds. On their website they describe it as "a mouthwatering, tender piece of beef that is packed with flavour". I concur.
the Tomahawk steak, photo from Jay Huxley's website
If you have a large group (ten or more) you can also pre-order a whole roast suckling pig. We did this a while ago, and it was a memorable experience which I'd highly recommend. I'd post the photo, but when I dug it out from the archives, the pig looked cuter than I recalled and I felt a bit sad realising I enjoyed eating the poor little fella. At least I know his last act made ten people very happy.
Since then, I've been back to Hux Grill half a dozen times because the friends I took for the pig feast keep wanting to go back to try other things on the menu. Sometimes they don't even invite me and take other friends instead (et tu, Brute?)
Steak with crispy onion rings - plus photobombing mate
1) The onion rings! I love onion rings, and these have a delightfully crispy batter and are devilishly more-ish.
2) Ambience is loud. It's a small restaurant, and on Friday and Saturday nights, when you get one or two groups in, you will find yourself shouting to be heard. If you're after a quiet intimate meal, come early on another day otherwise your night will not go as planned.
3) This is a low-key, family dining-type of venue (so think ribs n rumps rather than Kingsleys). Their rib platters are substantial and delicious!
Rib platter at Huxley's grill - messy, but delicious
6) There is a much bigger, fancier branch in Penrith, which has private rooms and an outdoor eating area. While we haven't checked it out, we think the option of a private eating space would be fantastic.
7) This place is a stone's throw from Roseville Cinemas. If you're looking for dinner and a movie, this is a very convenient option.
8) INSIDERS TIP: If you want the suckling pig, you need to pre-order it 48 hours in advance and it's $49 per person for 10 people, served with 8 side dishes and 3 sauces. You won't find any mention of suckling pig on the Hux Grill website at time of writing, it's just on the printed menu. You're welcome.
If you're on the North Shore looking for a local steakhouse, in my opinion this place is worth trying out. Apparently, I'm not the only one - according to their website, Hux Grill was named in the top 10 Sydney steakhouses by sydney.com in 2014.
Dinner all week, lunch Tuesday to Sunday. Fully licensed.
Depends what you order - we managed a main, dessert and a glass of alcohol/soft drink for eight people for $50 per person, including a 10% tip.