Let them eat steak!
I love a side of beef as much as the next man (or woman). That's quite a lot, if the number of Perth steakhouses and gastro-pubs is anything to go by. But there is something off-putting about paying $30 to $50 (sometimes more!) for a grilled steak with a side of chips and some sauce. Not to mention if it isn't cooked the way you asked. I'm a notorious non-complainer but for these prices they should nail it. Yes, the steak might be dry aged or Wagyu or have a marble score of 9. I understand that all steaks are not created equal. But when you can buy a 250g Cape Grim eye fillet from the local butcher (what they serve at Rockpool, he tells me) for under $15, it really begs the question.
Thankfully, Rigby's is bringing steak back to the people. Tucked away behind The Forrest Centre, their steak special is available for lunch (Mon - Fri) and dinner (Wed - Fri). It's a yearling, grain-fed sirloin, cooked medium. There are no choices there. It's served with gravy, not a red wine jus. The beef has not been managed from 'calf-to-plate' and the chips aren't twice cooked in goose fat. But the serving was generous, the meat was surprisingly tender, the chips were crunchy and the gravy had a good peppery bite so I didn't even mind it slathered all over the steak. No awards will be won for plating. But then again, none are on offer. At the end of the day, the proof is in the pudding:
While Rigby's might not be the destination of choice for Friday night drinks, it has certainly won us over as regular lunchtime patrons. Rigby's Bar & Bistro - take a bow!
Are there are any other $10 steaks in Perth? Please let us know!
Rigby's has received a battering on Urbanspoon for everything that isn't their $10 steak special. Have a read for yourself...