When we first noticed Torque opening up at the start (or end) of the M4, right next to a motor cycle dealership, F turned to me and said quite seriously, “We have to eat there.” I laughed and said “sure”… in that sure-but-not-really kind of way.
So it became a bit of a running joke whenever we drove past it (which was a lot), with him earnestly wanting to eat there and me sarcastically agreeing.
And then somehow we actually did end up eating at Torque!
I had a bit of a chuckle to see the menu cheekily replace the usual course names to equivalent vehicle jargon, such as calling entrees “1st Gear” and sides “spare parts”.
I think we may have a haloumi addiction – we can’t help but order some if it’s on the menu!
The haloumi was quite fresh and well-grilled; that combination of zest and saltiness just can’t be beat [insert obligatory squeak-squeak sound effect here].
F ordered the 250g pork ribs, which were wonderfully slathered in barbeque sauce. While the meat wasn’t quite fall-off-the-bone, it was still quite tender and well-seasoned.
We were both intrigued to find that the mushroom sauce ($2.90) was quite loose, but it hit the right salty spot with F and he literally drank the sauce while eating the ribs.
I quite liked my sirloin – it was a very nicely done medium-rare and well-seasoned steak – and the creamy mash had just the right amount of buttery goodness and, I know this is going to sound weird, density (I prefer my mash to not slobber all over the plate and spoon, but not so dense that it sticks to my spoon like cement hehe).
I was a bit surprised that I hardly needed to use the mushroom sauce (F ended up drinking my one too), as the steak was flavoursome enough on its own.
Our stomachs must be getting smaller or something equally as strange, as we found ourselves to be quite full – so much so we actually had to consider whether or not to have dessert (gasp).
In the end, we compromised to share just one dessert and we weren’t disappointed with our choice; the ricotta cheesecake was so very delicious in its almost-savoury creaminess and was a lovely finish to our lunch.
When I mentioned to a friend that I had dined at Torque, her eyes widened and asked in a hushed voice, “But isn’t it… full of bikies?!” The tough, mean ones that is and to be honest, I thought so too, but it’s quite family-friendly; the staff are attentive and very affable, while the atmosphere is pretty relaxed.
I have to admit, I’ve always thought Torque would be one of those places I’d say I’d go to (even if it was sarcastically), but would actually never end up going.
Now whenever we go past it, I grin and think of the lovely lunch we had there… that steak and mash!! Yum.
Torque Bar & Grill
153-165 Parramatta Road
Concord, NSW, 2137
Ph: 1300 688 600