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All you can eat succulent, juciy ribs @ Cafe Ish, Surry Hills

Café ish has got to be one of my favourite cafes in Surry Hills. I first came here in May (read review here) and have wanted to come back for breakfast (their soft shell crab omelette is AMAZING, with a capital A) and their smooth coffee. They have an all you can eat ribs night every Wednesday night and ever since I first heard of this ‘all you can eat ribs night’ I have been dying to go!

I dragged ‘The Mother’ to Café Ish one cold Wednesday night, hoping to get a table without a reservation and indeed we got one (although reservation is probably recommended, they were busy that evening!). I thought Josh had forgotten who I was, but he didn’t and was greeted with a hug!

We were seated to our table, and I for one, was looking forward to ribs. As you may know, I have been in Hong Kong for the past 10 months and have not found a good ribs place.

Whilst perusing the menu, ‘The Mother’ ordered some sake, I don’t exactly remember the name of it, but it was served in the cutest wooden sake glass, which I wanted to take home. Now I don’t know my sake’s well, but this sake was incredibly sweet, smooth and delicious. I haven’t tasted anything like this before. I probably should have ordered my own as, ‘The Mother’ kept giving me glares and death stares.

We ordered some chili edamame, a bowl of edamame pods which was coated with sambal. These were deliciously spicy and full of flavour. ‘The Mother’ could probably have eaten a whole bowl on his own!

Whilst perusing the menu, I stumbled across ‘feta mochi’ and mind you, that’s all I saw and automatically thought it was dessert. Alas, no, it was four perfectly round potatoes, deep fried with feta inside.

These were wonderful! Feta cheese oozed and melted in your mouth. I strongly advice to eat these whilst they are warm, otherwise the cheese will be cold.

Now, the moment I have been waiting for, the ribs, blue gum smoke beef ribs – three words – OH MY GOD! They were deliciously good. The beef was incredibly tender, and succulent. It was deliciously sweet but yet not sickening and it just melted in your mouth. The beef came straight off the bone, and was just…. just… scrumptiously satisfying.

The blue gum smoked pork ribs were really good, pale in colour comparison to the beef ribs, however, the beef won me over that night. The pork ribs were tender and meaty, but the beef more so.

Both the ribs were braised and not grilled, braised in sake, soy, mirin and ginger with coriander, fresh chili, shallots, sesame and black vinegar and believe me, when I say that the beef ribs were ‘finger linking good’! The flavours were simply outstanding. ‘The Mother’ took the last beef rib (and mind you it was a generously large rib) that I had to order another serve, and I kid you not, I ate it all! It was THAT GOOD! It satisfied my ribs craving.  Here’s a close up of the beef rib.. hmhmhmhm

I didn’t think I could fit any dessert in, but whilst talking to Josh (he comes and talks to the diners) and whilst listening to him describe the desserts, I couldn’t say no. I wanted something chocolately, so ordered a serve of the chocolate cake with wattleseed icecream and umeboshi sour plum jam. The cake was rich and dense (bit too dense for my liking but still good),  the wattleseed ice cream was to die for, and the umeboshi plum jam incredibly sour, not exactly what I expected. The combination of the chocolate cake and the wattleseed ice cream was just divine, I wanted to eat more of the wattleseed ice cream, however, I was too busy talking and before I knew it, the wattleseed ice cream was gone! You have to be quick when it comes to ice cream with ‘The Mother’ – he is relentless!

I have to say, the beef ribs at café ish is the best I have eaten thus far. Writing this and looking at the pictures makes me want to go again! It won’t be the last visit that’s for sure. Will probably ‘drag’ my brother next time…. be prepared young man!

If you haven’t been, GO, you won’t be disappointed! It’s scrumptiously good! However, if you are a vegetarian, than I strongly recommend that you don’t go, although, there was one vegetarian who came to ribs night and Josh kindly offered him all you can eat edamame and something else, which I can’t remember.

All you can eat ribs night is $35 per person available only on Wednesday nights. There is a time limit of 90 mins from when the first bowl of ribs hits the table. A charge of $50/Kg applies for excessive waste of ribs.

GA’s Ratings: 8.5 / 10

Cafe Ish

82 Campbell St,

Surry Hills, Sydney

Ph: +61 2 9281 1688

  1. josh
    August 31, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Hiya Shirley good to see you are back in Sydney and livin close to Ish.
    Also thanks for asking before snapping away. (smallest camera a blogger has used to date)
    The sake you had was “kizan” it has an s.m.v of -15 versy sweet and very yummy, part of our huge sake expansion…look out for some organic and artisian sakes coming soon.
    See you soon for dinner thurs- sat soon..;)
    Cafe Ish

    • August 31, 2010 at 1:06 am

      thanks for that josh! i couldnt remember the name. it was seriously good, and we will be back.
      see you soon 🙂

  2. Frank
    August 31, 2010 at 1:43 am

    hhhmmmm yum, i want to try the fetta mochi, imaginative

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