Rustlers Steakhouse & Grill
222 Stirling Terrace, Albany
Ph: (08) 9842 2454
More than just a Steakhouse
Situated in the port city of Albany in Australia’s Great Southern region, Rustlers Steakhouse & Grill is an institution. Originally opening its doors from a small building on Frederick Street in 1999, the little country steakhouse offered a simple menu. The local favourite became known for its country hospitality thanks to its quality meals at affordable prices.
Twenty years on, Rustlers draws upon the region’s fresh produce and is an award-winning restaurant having most recently won the 2019 Gold Plate Award for Family Dining. Nowadays, Rustlers has larger premises at Stirling Terrace with seating for just over 200 people and an intimate area upstairs for functions, including art exhibitions.
The original exposed brickwork and solid wood fit-out creates a warm and unpretentious dining experience whether you’re here with your family, with friends or on a date.
The food at Rustlers has remained simple and honest and part of the fun is the ‘build your own’ aspect to the meal. Begin by selecting your steak of choice – or chicken, seafood or a vegan option. Next, choose from a selection of sauces and finally, pick your side dish. The kid’s menu also offers healthy meal options and includes a drink and scoop of ice-cream.
Our dining experience began with the Lemon Peppered Seafood Salad with bite sized morsels of scallops, prawns and fish, seared and cooked in a white wine reduction and served with a tossed green salad and garnished with crispy rice noodles. A squeeze of lemon added a refreshing zing. This was paired with a local favourite, the 2019 Alkoomi Late Harvest (Frankland River, WA).
Next, we tried one of Rustler’s signature dishes – Horns & Prawns. The prime porterhouse steak was topped with prawns in a caramelised garlic and sweet chilli butter. The prawns were tender and sweet and complemented the heaviness of the steak. But it is the sauce this dish is famous for and the rich caramel flavour balanced the sweetness with a hint of chilli heat – and it is moorish. With this dish I enjoyed a glass of the 2014 Trevelen Farm Reserve Shiraz (Great Southern, WA) and my colleague had a local Wilson Lighthouse beer.
We followed on with the Steak and Ribs – a sirloin steak with a half rack of slow cooked pork spareribs, served on the side with an inhouse hickory BBQ sauce. The sauce alone was a highlight, but let me tell you, those ribs were a delight to eat. The meat was so tender it fell off the bone, and the flavour was delicate and clean. Slather the hickory sauce over the ribs to change up the flavour, it is a wonderful combination.
Finally, we tried the Moroccan Lamb Rump Steak – a dish where the delicate flavours built a story. The lamb was marinated and char-grilled, served with vegetable couscous, hummus and mint yoghurt. The sweetness of the vegetable couscous popped in our mouths and the freshness of the mint yoghurt brought the flavours together in a perfect combination. This dish was complemented with a glass of the 2017 Galafrey Cabernet Merlot (Mt Barker, WA).
The entire dining experience was immensely satisfying. The attention to detail across all aspects ranging from the quality of the ingredients, consistency in the kitchen and the friendly front of house service made the simplicity seem so effortless.
So next time you are in Albany, be sure to come down to Stirling Terrace and visit.
By Sarah Schmitt