A few nights ago I was in my usual position of twirling around the kitchen trying to create a nourishing family meal. I tried to phone Carl to get an ETA but he wasn’t answering. Hours passed.
By then I had put the chicken in the oven and Arabella popped her head in to remind me that she was having dinner with a friend. Archie phoned to say he was helping his girlfriend with her essay (he must think I came down in the last shower if I’m to believe that scenario). Alfie was starving and couldn’t wait for my 2kg chicken to be cooked through so was given some re-heated leftovers.
Just as the chicken reached the succulent stage, Carl phoned to say he was on his way into the city. ‘What for?’ I asked.
‘I told you I was having dinner with the boys’. (You would remember ‘The Boys’, they’re the ones who swim in frigid waters and get together for wine tasting nights).
‘No; you never said you were going out for dinner’.
‘I’m sure I told you’. That’s the problem with Carl. He imagines conversations that never took place.
So I was left alone to feast on a 2kg chicken. Meanwhile, Carl was in a taxi and on his way to Kingsley’s Australian Steakhouse.
Kingsley’s Steakhouse is in a beautiful old sandstone building that was constructed in 1837 and originally housed a soap and candle factory, then was later used as a boot factory, then as stables. Constructed of sandstone, the walls are two feet thick however sadly, it is just one of only a few buildings of its kind to still be standing.
This heritage-listed building has been lovingly restored and has retained its original sandstone construction however the floorboards have been recycled and have come from the old Darling Harbour Woolsheds. They are extremely wide and give great character to the building.
In 1994 the building became Kingsley’s Australian Steakhouse where some of Sydney’s best steaks have been served. There is a great variety of steaks on the menu however, there’s a trick to dining at Kingsley’s. They have what’s called the 1kg (2.2 pounds) challenge. They place a 1kg T-Bone steak in front of you and if you can eat it all, you win the challenge, have your photo taken and it’s uploaded to their facebook page, and are awarded a T-shirt.
You won’t be surprised to hear me tell you that ALL in Carl’s party ignored the menu offerings and instead went straight for the challenge. You could order your T-bone in any degree of wellness however all ordered their steaks ‘rare’. They arrived almost totally taking up the space on a very large plate with either chips or a potato squashed into one corner. Apparently there was some greenery somewhere but there’s little photographic evidence to support this.
Carl’s not normally competitive except when it comes to his food. Of course he won the challenge (no trouble at all) and is now sporting (proudly) his winner’s T-Shirt.
The challenge didn’t defeat any of other swimmers who all went home with a T-shirt saying they had triumphed in the Kilo Challenge.
Then they had dessert. I can’t believe they found room for dessert. It was neglected to be photographed but Carl said the ice creams and sorbets ‘were wonderful’.
I was sound asleep when Carl stumbled through the door. I have no idea what time it was except that he confessed it was late. A good time was clearly had by all. Moments later they were all up and out of bed and down at the beach swimming off all that red meat.
And when the swim was over they were all sporting their new T-shirts over coffee.
Verdict: Anyone with an iron deficiency needs to rush to Kingsley’s.
Kingsley’s Australian Steakhouse: 29A King Street, Sydney
Ph: 61 2 9295 5080
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