Featuring a wide variety of pub food, Coopers Alehouse at the Earl is notable for offering various deals daily to make eating there more affordable. One such deal is their Ribs & Bibs Tuesdays, when a full rack of pork ribs costs only $20. This dish is not available on any other day.
The portion size of the ribs was very generous and can easily be shared with a friend. The meat is tender enough to easily fall off the bones and the BBQ sauce imparted a moreish smoky flavour to them. Extra BBQ sauce is served alongside the ribs if you like to add more flavour to them. Accompanying the ribs were crisp, fluffy chips and a fresh salad to balance out the rich taste of the ribs. This is the best value for money ribs we have had so far.
Ribs Platter (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For entree, we decided to order their Warm Olive Ciabatta. The ciabatta came out quite hot with a slightly sour flavour and the chewy texture that we expected. Served alongside the ciabatta were a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and saltbush dukkah. Dukkah is an Egyptian condiment made from nuts, herbs and spices that is typically served with bread. The balsamic vinegar added a slightly sweet flavour to the bread while the dukkah provided a crunchy, smoky and herb taste. To best enjoy the bread, dip it in the olive oil and balsamic mixture before dipping it in the dukkah.
Warm Olive Ciabatta (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The wooden floors and wooden bar gave the place a warm, cosy and rustic feel. Coopers Alehouse at the Earl is definitely worth a visit if you are looking for well cooked, scrumptious ribs at a relatively cheap price.