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I have visited the Romford, Essex branch of Outback Steakhouse several times over the past few years, and there is something about the restaurant that keeps me coming back.
The restaurant is Austrailian themed, in both the menu, and the restaurants decor. As you enter the restaurant, you will notice the decor has a very inviting, friendly feel. The walls are lined with Austrailian signs and paintings, and really do help to encourage the Aussie theme. Even the toilets follow the theme, with the boys going into "Blokes" and women go into the "Shelias". A bar is located in the middle of the restaurant, where you will be seated if you have to wait for a table. Luckily though, waiting times are hardly ever more than 10 minutes. However, I advise booking a table beforehand, just incase. Tables can be booked either online via Outback's website, www.outbackpom.com or by phoning the branch you wish to visit. Details of each branch's contact numbers are also available on the website. The service is efficient and friendly, so you will really feel welcome there.
The restaurant will not deserve five stars on the decor or service alone, it is the food that draws people in. There is something so good about the food served at Outback. The sauces are handmade that day, with Outback's very own recipe. This means that even the regular sauces such as the Ranch dressing (which by the way, is a must order), tastes like nothing you would have had before.
Outback caters for anyone, with items clearly noted on their menu that are suitable for those desiring gluten-free, vegetarian, lactose-free, or any other food desirements. The menu is divided into these sections:
These are Outback's starter options, which range from the "Bloomin' Onion"; a tasty assortment of breaded onions with a addictive accompanying sauce, to garlic breads, assortments of seafood, chicken wings and soups, to name just a few. All of these options comes accompanied with one of Outback's delicious sauces, which are one of the best aspects of Outback Steakhouse restaurants, in my opinion.
Outback is essentially a steakhouse, so it makes sense to have a decent amount of steaks to choose from on the menu. There are a variety of different sizes to choose from, with marinades, or sauces to accompany it. Customers can choose their how much they want their steak to be cooked (eg. medium rare, etc). These steaks are so juicy and filling, so if you like your steaks, choosing one of these is highly reccomended.
These are the most popular main meals on the menu. These include chicken dishes, such as the very tasty "Alice Springs Chicken", two small chicken breasts topped with mushrooms, bacon and cheese, and accompanied with Outback's Aussie fries. This menu also offers ribs, a few pasta dishes, a succulent lamb chop dish and Outback's most popular steak, "Sydneys Smothered Steak". Most of these options are about £12.99 each.
For those who want to try a variety of dishes available on the menu, choose one of these combination meals. They combine seafood, ribs with other meats, chicken and ribs, or grills (chicken, shrimp and salmon). These options are a little more pricy, and will set you back around £14.99-£17.99.
"Straight From The Sea"
For those who love their seafood, try one of these options out. You will be able to choose from the Atlantic Salmon, Savory Shrimp Medley, and Royal Port Fresh Catch.
"Burgers and Sandwiches"
Burgers come with freshly prepared salads and sauces, and range from the "Bloomin' Burger" (containing the Bloomin' Onions from the Aussie-Tizer), and then chicken and beef options. If you do not like the look of any burgers on the menu, you can choose from a "No Rules Burger", which allows you to add whatever you want into your bun.
These include cheesecakes, a Peanut Butter Pie, Banoffee Pie, Carrot Cakes, Ice creams, and the best option, the "Chocolate Thunder From Down Under", which is a large brownie topped with chocolate sauce, ice cream and cream. Desserts will set you back between £4.50 to £5.99.
You can choose to add any side dishes to your main meal, which range from salads, extra portions of Aussie Fries, soups, extra sauces, grilled onions, garlic bread, shrimps, and perhaps one of the best sides, the yummy Honey Wheat Loaf. The prices of these range from £1.59 to £3.95.
There are a variety of drinks to choose from in Outback, from speciality cocktails (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), smoothies, milkshakes, soft drinks, hot drinks such as tea or coffee. A selection of alcoholic beverages such as the Aussie favourite, Fosters, is on tap at the bar.
Outback is a brilliant restaurant, even though it is a little expensive. However, if you fancy a night out to treat yourself once in a while, then give one of their restaurants a go. The food is freshly prepared and cooked, with a unique flavour due to their marinades or sauces. There is a large choice of drinks available which caters for just about anyone, and drinks such as the smoothie or milkshake selection are freshly made, making another fresh accompaniment to the meal. The portions are generous, and will definitely leave you feeling satisfied, and if you wish to have one, a dessert is a must try at least once in Outback. There are plenty of deals on offer, eg. Lunchtime bundles, which are all available to view on the website, if you wish to eat a little cheaper than normal in there.
Outback is a great experience. The decor is eye-catching, and great to look at, the service is friendly and efficient and the food is mouth watering. You won't mind paying a little more than expected for food like this, it is fresh, and is of such a high quality. With addictive flavours, you may find yourself wanting to come back for more.