One of the best things about being in the last year of high school is that we get so called 'study periods', or as we refer to them 'free periods'. If your free period happens to be the last period of the day, you get to go home an hour early. If you have a double free period, that mean you can go home before lunch =]
Eating out after a hard *ahem* working day of school is quite fun, although walking around in your school uniform at such early hours does guarantee a few stares (especially when you've got a huge '10' written on your back).
On this day, we decided to try out the Black Stump restaurant and Rouse Hill. We'd walked past it on the weekend, surprised to find that it actually existed. My mum had dinner at a Black Stump restaurant before, and thought the steak wasn't too bad so we decided that it would be worth a try. We decided to return on a weekday, when they had lunch specials =]
I was surprised to find that most of the restaurants are relatively empty in the afternoon- the restaurants at Castle Towers are usually quite full at this time! But the quite-ness is really nice and comforting anyway.......
The sign in front of the restaurant had advertised their lunch special from $9.90 but we soon find out that the only thing for this price are the entrees (chicken wrap or salad). The rest of the menu ranges from $10.95 (spaghetti) to $14.95 (lamb chops/rump steak). The menu is quite short, and ....well....boring. I had intended to order lamb chops but they ran out of them so I ended up ordering rump steak because nothing else on the menu was appealing. That's partly the reason why it takes us so long to decide what to eat- the waitress was getting awfully impatient! On our table of 5, we ended up ordering two fish and chips (because, my dad thought that ordering fish and chips on a friday would be cool *rolls eyes*) and three rump steaks.
Rump Steak $14.95
The wait for the food is sort of long considering there is only one other table there. Not that we actually minded- the slower the food came out, the more time we got to sit there and chat. Because sitting in a restaurant for a long time after you've finished your meal is slightly awkward- even if there's no one else in the restaurant.
The char grilled rump steak arrives with a large serving of fat chips and brocoli. The sauce comes in a small container which is interesting, although having sauce poured directly over the steak would have been so much more convenient (the thought of pouring it myself, strangely enough, did not cross my mind). The sauce is more watery than the usual gravy that comes with steak and has little pieces of mushroom in it- I would have liked to have more sauce though. It's a bit peppery but I can't quite identify what the sauce is. I suspect that if I had read the menu properly, I could have found out......hehe....The steak itself is quite good- it is quite juicy and definitely better than that one at Atrium Brasserie.
I love the char grilled lemon. And I love the chips- I like big fat chips =] But that's probably the only thing I liked about this. The fried fish was disappointingly ordinary- almost like the type you get at fish shops, only this is served on a plate. Unfortunately, the fish shop at Rouse Hill make a good fish and chips for about $8 (although that was probably only because I had it when it was feezing) which only makes this fish and chips even more disappointing.
Black Stump Bar and Grill Restuarant
ROUSE HILL TOWN CENTRE
Shop 110 level g
10-14 Market Lane
Rouse Hill NSW 2155