15 Restaurant Parking spaces are available directly out the front of Ribs and Rumps. Parking is also quite easy nearby for very cheap (around $2.50 an hour).
For public transport, the closest train station is Macquarie Park Station. If you want to get the bus, the 506 Macquarie University Bus can be caught from Town Hall Station or Circular Quay and stops directly outside the restaurant.
Ribs and Rumps North Ryde has both an indoor area and an alfresco courtyard option, but on a cold night, everyone chose to sit inside.
There were tables of various sizes in there. From lone diners to big groups (up to around 20 people) seated around five tables put together. This restaurant does cater for everyone's inner gluttonous self.
The waiters were very efficient and friendly. They gave us our water right after we sat down, and came immediately to take our orders without us even asking. They even made useful recommendations on what we should order if we wanted to share, which we rebelliously neglected, and regretted.
We only had to wait for about 5 minutes for the food to come out, and no, don't fret, because Ribs and Rumps had an open-kitchen. We could already smell all the hearty aromas while they were preparing our food, so it was a huge plus that we weren't left salivating for long.
Between the four of us, we decided that we HAD to try ribs at Ribs and Rumps, so we ordered a full-sized rack of all three meats they had on offer- pork, beef and lamb. We also had the option of choosing to have mash potatoes, chips or baby potatoes to accompany those dishes, and we impulsively went with mash potato for all three. (For a main dinner menu, click here)
The pork rib was everyone's favourite! The tender and juicy meat easily slipped off each bone, and it was very easy to cut a massive rack of pork ribs into individual pieces. The dish had very generous amounts of smoked barbecue sauce, which gave the meats an additional punch to their flavour. It was overall an easy dish to share without a hassle. We licked our fingers clean on this dish.
The beef rib was also great, and a little different. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of beef, so I was reluctant to try it. Little did I know that the chefs had cooked the beef to the point that the meat was so soft and succulent that it easily slipped off its bone. It was very easy to chew, unlike a lot of beef I've tried at restaurants. It was also my first time eating beef ribs, as most restaurants don't offer them due to their large-sized bones, and I've got to say, I might even like it more than the classic pork ribs. This dish was also the first one we finished, which shows how popular it was among the four of us.
Unfortunately, I can only say that the lamb was okay. I'm normally a huge fan of lambs, so I was unsurprisingly very excited to eat this dish. Maybe it was the anticipation that led to my high expectations, but I wasn't the only one who commented on these ribs. It lost that strong smell of lamb, which for some is a plus, but for me, I find that smell very enticing and alluring. This lamb smell was overshadowed by the sweet-smelling sauce that had was reminiscent of honey. It was simply too much that I had to take a sip of water with every bite of the meat. However, the meat was very well-cooked and soft, so I could still enjoy the dish.
The mash potato were delicious and appetising. They were't your classic mash potato that had butter and milk in it, as they had a hint of garlic that made it surprisingly tasty. It was also the right amount of consistency across the three dishes. It was so good that we'd actually obliterated all the mash potato too (before we even finished the lamb).
I should also mention that our waiter also gave us all chest napkins, because any meal that deals with fingers touching ribs isn't a clean and pretty one that you can simply use your cutlery for. Everyone in the restaurant was shamelessly using it, so we didn't have a problem with feeling like a child again.
I'm glad we also ordered a garden salad. Although it had balsamic vinaigrette dressing in it, it was definitely a relief to eat some greens that are not as strong and boldly flavoured as the ribs. Although, I blame that on us. The waiter had originally suggested us to order 2 sets of ribs and something else, as he thought we'd we sick of eating ribs, but we didn't listen. This was our mistake this time, it won't be our mistake next time.
Ribs and Rumps also serve for all of your functions, and they even have a member's club, which you can receive a $30 birthday voucher along with other rewards.
Now I know what the hype about Ribs and Rumps is about. It's about their generous and hearty amounts of meat that makes your salivate just thinking about it. Time to forget the inner vegetarian in you!