I've had food comas plenty of times, but rarely have they been this satisfying.
I started by ordering a smoothie, the Banana Blueberry Bliss (Rs. 400) which was nice, thick and milky, even though the blueberry tasted a tad syrupy.
Feeling guilty of being about just stuff my face with tons and tons of beef, I also ordered a salad, which didn't come in portions short of a full meal's worth, so I had to doggy bag the rest. The Prawn and Avocado Salad (Rs. 850) comes with lots of kale, offset very nicely by the taste and texture of the creamy avocado. The prawns were big and fresh, and the lemon and lime seasoning was just right.
Next came the highlight of the meal, the baby ribs (half-portion Rs 2750) which, I am not kidding, looks like it contained at least a kilo of meat. I'm probably overstating this, though it certainly felt like a kilo of meat.
*beware, beef-porn coming up*
The meat was tender and soft, and had an easy, stringy way of pulling apart that made me drool in anticipation of tasting it. It is smoked for about four hours before being grilled, the sauce is added next and then it is glazed with a blowtorch, producing that crispy exterior.
All this creates layers and layers of texture and taste that combines a crispy outer layer, stringy and soft inner layers and a trace of juicy fat which, along with the excellent BBQ sauce, or your choice of Worcester or HP, explodes with sensation on your tastebuds making you feel like Jordan Peele must have felt at The Continental Breakfast.
The meat came with mashed potato (you have a choice of accompaniments like herb roasted potatoes, lemon new potatoes, sauteed wild mushrooms or wild rice) and colselaw. The mashed potato was soft and complemented the meat really well, though the colseslaw was a little on the tangy side.
The restaurant offers pizza, pasta and rice dishes as well as a range of steaks, ribs and other meat products. You can find all the standards; T-bone (Rs. 2800), ribeye (Rs. 2500), lamb chops (Rs. 3200), tender gratin (Rs. 3400), lamb loin (Rs. 2350) and surfing beef loin (Rs. 3650) (trying and failing to think of a good joke about a surfing cow here). For the trade protectionists out there, they also have a Lanka Beef Tenderloin (Rs. 1750) which might be worth trying out.
Doubling as it does, as a cafe, it also has a slew of desserts, coffees and other cafe oriented fare. After what I ate, my stomach simply refused to respond to my pleas to make room for anything else, so no dessert for this review.
Warm and friendly, at first a little too warm and friendly, as I was the only one there one weekday for lunch.
The space is large and roomy, and well decorated, although the tropical modernism in the interior seems to approach the kitschier end of the spectrum, combining a little clunkily with a colonial aesthetic. The bathrooms and some of the finishing were also a little cheap looking. But I am probably nitpicking here.
Go here if you like great steak that doesn't break the bank, or require you to break into one. Everything else is nice too.
Frego Steakhouse serves excellent, juicy steak for meat lovers, at prices that, for great food like this, is almost a steal
සිංහල ඇත්ත ම කිව්වොත්, ලොකු හොටෙල් එකකට නොයා ඔරිජිනල් විදියට රස ම රස ස්ටේක් කන්න ඕනේ නම්, ෆ්රෙගෝ කියන්නේ ඒකට හොඳ ම තැනක්.
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