SquareMeal Review of
Steam & Rye
Casey Jones meets the Fourth of July in a theatrical display of flag-waving and railroad imagery at this brash bar-restaurant – there’s even an art deco locomotive charging out of one corner. More confident than subtle, Steam & Rye nevertheless provides a memorable setting for the “delicious” crab-shack cuisine. As well as USDA grain-fed Nebraska beef, there’s a choice of large or small lobsters from the Josper grill, plus smoked pulled pork and 1kg barbecue ribs. Sides of corn bread, onion rings or mac & cheese echo the American theme, as do “generous” portions. A crowd-pleasing round-up of brownies, sundaes and the like concludes matters. The short wine list has a New World bias and plenty of Champagne at prices to suit deep City pockets; alternatively, try one of the “amazing” and colourfully named cocktails. Some find the place “noisy” and opinions divide on the efficacy, or otherwise, of the service.