#30daysofsharing | Day 7 : Food Porn Friday – Black Lime, Ringwood

By Ling

We entered Black Lime on a Saturday afternoon desperately looking for something to satisfy our hungry tummies.  I was especially hungry as I had been working that morning.  Work ALWAYS makes me extra hungry – probably because there is so much physical work involved or maybe it’s because I have to make small talk with the patients and it zaps up all my energy.

We had a ‘Buy One Meal, Get One Free Meal’ voucher up to the value of $35 from The Entertainment Book.  Being totally Asian, we had to make sure our meal choices were around the $30-35 mark to “get our money’s worth”.

Black Lime Ringwood, Scotch Fillet Steak, Food porn

I went for the SCOTCH FILLET STEAK $36 served medium rare with beer battered fries and mixed veggies plus peppercorn sauce (which I think was extra $).  I am a carboholic so I judge food to be good depending on the carbs!

At first, I was apprehensive about the hairy-skinned baby carrots.  Long, thin and hairy…hmmm..??!!  But it was sweet and succulent.  Yes, I am still talking about the carrots!  The chips were golden, crunchy goodness – was a bit annoyed that some had been soggified by the steak.  Chefs who plate up and place steak on top of chips should be shot!

Steak, food porn
As for the steak, it was indeed char-grilled beautifully and the sauce was a beautiful complement.  Of course, I couldn’t eat all 350 grams of it!  I am not a big meat lover so usually, I will eat half of the meat and devour all the sides.  Who ate the rest of my steak?  Of course, it was my Chubby Hubby who polished it off after he finished his lunch…

lamb strap

He is a lamb lover so he went for PISTACHIO CRUSTED LAMB STRAP $32 - Black Lime’s signature dish, served medium rare, resting on a decadent sweet potato puree, with broccolini and a sweet Shiraz reduction.

He said the lamb was good but the sweet potato puree with the red wine sauce was just funky.  I agree!  I swiped a forkful of sweet potato and nearly gagged!

May I also add that the Husband took that photo of the lamb straps in rapid haste.  The photo is hardly food porn worthy!!

Even though, the food at Black Lime was rather good, we probably won’t be back for the following reasons :-

1.  Pricey – without the BOGOF voucher, we would have paid an arm and a leg, just for lunch!

2. There was a LONG waiting time for food even though it wasn’t busy.  Thank God for mobile phones with internet.  Otherwise, we would actually have to talk to each other!  *winks*

3.  There is no polite way of saying this but service was crap!  We heard big laughs coming from the kitchen, no plates were cleared from tables around us and like I said, a long wait for food.  Maybe the staff were having too much fun with each other but we felt pretty neglected.

Bottom Line : I can get just as good food at similar prices but with ten times better service and ambience at other restaurants in Melbourne – so take that Black Lime in Ringwood!!!

Black Lime on Urbanspoon

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