When I told my friends that I was going to Sydney for a short vacation, the first place they recommended me to go for food was Hurricane’s Grill. And I’m glad it lived up to my expectations, especially the famous pork ribs, even though the service was slightly disappointing. I feel that the ribs they serve are comparable to the ones that I’ve tried at Tony Roma’s (in Singapore) and the Meat and Wine Co. in Southbank (Melbourne). My cousins and I went at noon and there wasn’t a lot of people yet, although I’ve been advised to go earlier before mealtimes because it tends to get very crowded. Hurricane’s Grill Darling Harbour is located inside the Harbourside Shopping Centre (near the very end of one side) so it’s usually full of people, and tourists in particular. The food here is quite pricey, but the ribs are definitely worth it!
– General Review –
- Service: 6.8/10
Mixed feelings about service here, since there were a few who weren’t very friendly and even cut us off while we were talking, or seemed like they didn’t even care. However, another one was very nice, friendly and even helped us with the bibs. Food takes quite a while to be served, but if you’re having the ribs, you’ll be provided with clean bibs!
- Servicescape: 7.7/10
The Hurricane’s Grill at Darling Harbour had plenty of seats both indoors and outdoors. There are also huge glass windows to be able to enjoy the view and scenery, and it’s even better if you choose to sit outside, even though it can get a little hot (or cold). We sat at the tables outside and had a nice view of the harbour, although the sun eventually got a little too strong and the shade didn’t help much. There weren’t a lot of decorations in the restaurant, and furnishing were simple and mainly made of glass and wood. The atmosphere was relaxing, and it’s one of the places where you can dine with a large party of people.
- Non-smoking area: Yes, seats are indoors and smoke-free.
- Vegetarian dishes: Very limited.
- Price range: $$$ (AU$30 – $60 for most main dishes, a couple of dishes over $100.)
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
– Food Experience –
1) Mixed Salad:
Among all the dishes we ordered that were fit for carnivores, the Mixed Salad was really the only thing that made us feel a little healthier. And less guilty. The portion was large enough to share between the five of us and the ingredients were fresh and clean. The salad consisted of plenty of of onions, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, bell peppers and generous amount of dressing. After consuming all that meat, it was really nice to eat something green and healthy to counter all the oil and fat.
2) BBQ Half Chicken:
The dish was pretty generous for one person, so if you have a relatively small appetite, it’s a good idea to share with others. The chicken was very tender, well-cooked, and I loved the BBQ sauce. We opted for the baked potato, and the dish came with sour cream on the side.
3) Hurricane’s BBQ Meat Platter:
Carnivores rejoice! This was absolutely what every meat-lovers would relish in, especially the pork ribs. We shared the meat platter and had barely finished everything, since we ordered another half rack of pork ribs, but it was really delicious. I’d recommended the pork ribs if you’re going to dine at Hurricane’s Grill, but it was a good decision to try out some of the other meat dishes by ordering the platter. The Hurricane’s BBQ Meat Platter consisted of the famous ribs, chicken wings, boerewors, lamb cutlets, sirloin (medium), and chips (you can choose baked potato as an alternative if you want). The boerewors felt a little dry but was really filling, and the chips were large, fat, and crispy. The ribs were amazing and easy to separate the meat from the bone.
Contact number: +61 2 9211 2210
Website: Hurricane’s Grill Darling Harbour
Operating hours: Mon – Fri: 12pm – 3pm; 5pm – 11pm
Sat – Sun: 12pm – 11pm
Posted by: V