Here comes another international restaurant chain to Hangzhou! Outback Steakhouse, the American steakhouse restaurant with an Australian theme recently opened at Kerry Center and another branch will open at Powerlong Mall in Binjiang soon. The Kerry Center branch is on the 2nd floor of the mall and features a sunny outdoor patio area.
Since opening in the USA in 1988, Outback has been a reliable choice for steaks. We went with the recommended Emperor’s Cut (248RMB), a premium steak from the cap of a ribeye. When it arrived at the table, it looked lumpy and misshapen but it tastes much much better than it looks. This highly marbled piece of beef is the preferred cut for steak connoisseurs, having the full beefy flavour of a ribeye and the buttery tenderness of a filet mignon. There is only a limited supply of this cut each day as it is imported from Australia and it is very popular with customers.
There are 6 other cuts of steak: Filet Mignon (178RMB), Sirloin (128RMB), Ribeye Tenderloin (168RMB), New York Strip (218RMB), Wagyu Top Sirloin (298RMB) and the massive 600-700g Tomahawk (398RMB).
For the Chinese market, there is no baked potato for side dish, alas. But you can opt for the next closest thing, a roasted sweet potato with creamy topping. The crispy sweet potato fries are a good choice too.
The Pork Ribs & Chicken Combo (118RMB) did not disappoint either. The pork ribs were soft, fatty and pull-apart tender. The best part was the sweet, tangy BBQ sauce! They give you a little pot of BBQ sauce for extra dipping. The chicken was also moist and well-seasoned.
Chicken & Tortilla Soup (28RMB) really tasted like a taco in soup form, flavoured with chilies, cilantro, tomatoes and strips of tortilla. We didn’t have room to try the burgers this time, but they looked nice and prices start at 78RMB.
They have some great lunch deals from 48-88RMB, including a main course, side dish and drink. Americano Coffee (18RMB) and Iced Lemon Tea (22RMB) both come with 1 free refill. On tap is Stella (35RMB) and Hoegaarden (40RMB) and they are both buy-1-get-1 free now.