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REVIEW: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse



We know, the name is a little strange. It sounds like a colloquialism from the north of England. But Ruth’s Chris, which is now open in well over 100 locations across the globe, was actually born in New Orleans, USA. The famous restaurant started out life in 1920s Louisiana as Chris Steakhouse. When single mother Ruth Fertel bought the restaurant in 1965 to fund her children’s education, she changed the brand to Ruth’s Chris Steak House – both to make her mark on the restaurant and keep some brand continuity. Apparently she’s always hated the name…

Like it or loath it, the chain is staggeringly popular. The Address Dubai Marina outlet is as bustling as you’d expect for a Thursday night. With dark wood, maroon booths, starched white table cloths and grand chandeliers, it sums up its New Orleans roots perfectly – a wonderful blend of cosmopolitan refinement and deep southern charm.

Just from the décor you can tell that this place excels in surf and turf. And being American, portions are large. The steaks are served up with a dollop of butter on extremely hot plates – 260 degrees Celsius to be precise – which means you can hear is sizzle as it’s brought to your table. We ordered the petite filet, which at eight ounces is still a monster to finish along with all the trimmings, especially as most of the sides are smothered in butter and/or cheese. Think family-sized portions of potatoes and broccoli served au gratin. Diners who aren’t such avid carnivores can opt for the likes of lobster or shrimp, which, judging by the plates we eyed up on nearby tables, are just as good.

Surprisingly for a restaurant that’s famed for its hearty menu packed with traditional family recipes, the starters were a highlight. We tried the seared ahi-tuna, which is flavoured with mustard and hops, and served with a chunk of lemon. Not flavours that you’d usually find together, but the earthy malt mixed with a spicy kick from the mustard made for a superb dish.

The final course is definitely not one to skip – some of America’s finest exports come in dessert form. The likes of Chocolate Sin cake, cheesecake and banana cream pie sounded delicious, but we opted for a monster portion of crème brûlée (not so American) which was extremely smooth and sweet, just as it should be.

Ruth’s Chris is the kind of place that can guarantee you a seamless evening. You know that the service, food and ambiance will be impeccable every time.

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