For the carnivorous loving diner, Osso Steak and Ribs located in Penrith Panthers is a must visit. Specialising in a wide variety of breeds and cuts of beef, Osso is serious about providing great steak.
Melt in your mouth Beef Tartare
Upon entering the restaurant you might be mistaken to have walked into a classic deli with hanging meats and bottles of olive oil stacked on the meat display fridge. The maitre'd is quick to greet and welcome visitors adding to the overall warm ambience.
Welcome to Osso
A warm and inviting ambience
For an entree the selection is varied with different choices, catering to a variety of different tastes. The Antipasto ($20.50) is a selection of char grilled vegetables, salumi and fetta or the Garlic Pizzaiola ($13.50) made with fresh mozzarella, sea salt and lemon. Serious meat lovers will appreciate the appearance of Beef Tartare ($19.50) served with crusty Pane de Casa - whilst seafood fans will be pleased with the Freshly shucked oysters served natural, with red wine vinegar or kilpatrick (prices start from $19 for half a dozen up to $39 for a dozen).
A great menu with lots to choose from
Given that when it comes to the most different and adventurous item on the menu, I will (nine out of ten times0 order it. There is no surprise that I chose the Beef Tartare. This take on tartare wasnít as in your face as some of the other tartare's I have had in my dining experience. The rawness of the meat was melt in your mouth, sliced to perfection and marinated with savoury flavours of capers and mustard. For anyone who has never tried beef/steak tartare before - I would highly recommend this version.
Tender and fresh Beef Tartare
A more traditional and clever take on garlic bread is the Garlic Pizzalio oozing with delectable mozzarella cheese. A great starter to share.
Garlic and Cheese-yum
As well known for its steak as it may be, Osso hasnít neglected to include a variety of meal options which donít moo. Try the Cone Bay Barramundi, Fregola, tomato concasse, peas, chervil lemon curd ($28.50), or the vegetarian Pumpkin and Chevre ravioli, Sage, Peppitas and Goats Curd ($24.50). You will be absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting which steak to try, with over thirteen different varieties on the menu.
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Light eaters will love the 250g Kilcoy Grain Fed Queensland Sirloin ($23.95) served with Freddy Dumont inspired cafe de Paris butter. Wagyu fans will enjoy the Sher 1 Chermoula rubbed skirt steak, 300g ($33.95) with a marble score 6. Sink your teeth in the juicy Riverina Wagga Wagga MSA Grain fed Flank Steak 300g ($26.95), or for some serious steak business try ĎOur Serious Steakí ($59.95) - a 900g Bindaree Grain Fed OP Rib Eye with a marble score of 2 .
The Wagyu is incredible, matched well with the horseradish cream.
Customise your steak by choosing from the Steak Add-Onís, Sauces and Butters. A fried egg will set you back $3, whilst sauces and butters start from $3.50. All main meals come served with a generous serving of Chunky Chips, Aioli and chefs salad for the table.
Chips and Salad for the table
Chefs salad was a fresh and creamy Caesar Salad
The Chunky Chips are amazing with the Aioli
I will be honest and say that by the time the desert menu came around I had to politely decline due to the lack of space in my stomach. I did have a quick geez and these were some of the yummy options - Mango Pannacotta, fresh mango, mint, Pistachio praline ($14.50) and the very creative three Textures of Carrot Garden. Candied Dutch Carrots, Carrot cake, Carrot mousse with Chocolate, Hazelnut Soil & candied walnuts ($15.50).
The wine menu was extensive and reasonable. I chose the Margaret River Knee Deep Cabernet Merlot ($9.50 glass/$45 bottle) which amplified the richness and robustness of the red meat flavours.
Wine, wine, and more wine.
I have got nothing but praise for Osso. The staff are friendly and know their menuís. The atmosphere is happy and the food is fabulous. Once inside you forget that your inside one of the biggest sporting clubs in the Southern Hemisphere. It becomes a world of minimal white walls decorated with bold black text, together with racks of wine stacked ceiling high and seriously good steak.
Where: Osso is located inside Penrith Panthers, 123 Mulgoa Road Penrith NSW
Why: Serious steak lovers will appreciate the choice of thirteen different steak varieties, together with an extensive wine list and attentive waitstaff.
Cost: Steaks start from $23.50 to $59.95
Average of $60pp
Mon Ė Sun
12:00pm to 2:30pm
5:30pm till Late
Good for kids: Yes, there is a kids menu too with great sized meals and choices.
Take away: No