Don’t miss the famous Tuna Poke and crispy Szechuan Dusted Calamari (pictured above) – 4 out of 5.
ADDRESS: WINDSOR RSL, 36 ARGYLE ST, WINDSOR, NSW, 2756
LAST VISITED: 22 April, 2016
MUST TRY: Tuna Poke, Szechuan Dusted Calamari. The Chicken Wings are still a winner!
Review based on a meal provided by Easy Lane
My Life in 5 seconds…
I’ve been away for a while. All that time spent living under a rock has really given me a headache [I think I know how Patrick from Spongebob Squarepants feels]. In all seriousness though, I’ve been working really hard to develop my skills in Marketing at an internship with Deliveroo, developing techniques in digital photography, Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as learning how to build EDMs and allocate budgets. I even got to organise sponsorship for @itd_be_rude_not_to‘s latest Instafoodie Event!
I can report that while I was away I’ve been working on some exciting recipes for you all to try over winter and I can’t wait to share them with you. If you absolutely can’t wait, head over to my Instagram for a sneak peek!
Return to Easy Lane
I found my way back to Easy Lane a few months ago for a chance to sample their colourful Autumn Menu. While it was farewell favourites like the Cajun Chicken Pizza and Easy Trio of Sliders which I’d enjoyed on my last visit (Don’t worry, you can still get the Easy Lane Chicken Wings to share!), I was glad to see some exciting changes. First, something to drink.
Of course you’ll want to sample Easy Lane’s extensive beer selection which features local favourites like the Cricketers Arms Scorcher Summer Ale or the house Easy Lane Pale Ale. You’ll also find delightful Aussie craft beers such as the Newtowner Summer Ale and Mountain Goat Brewery Steam Ale. Now if you’re not a beer drinker you can always rely on a crisp Somersby Cider to wash down those saucy chicken wings.
You should also try their great range of cocktails like Seasonal Blues with blueberry and elderflower, and the pretty in pink Magic Moscato featuring Vodka, Berries and Sauvignon Blanc. Check out the full beverages menu here.
I couldn’t wait to tuck into the famous Tuna Poke ($18 Non-Member). A friendly note in the menu advises the correct pronunciation (Poh-khey). Ruby-red cubes of fresh tuna arrive on a bed of arborio rice, avocado, plum tomatoes, spring onions, with a sprinkle of sesame and bright orange salmon roe. What can I say, it’s exactly my type of dish, the perfect ratio of creamy carbs, silky smooth avocado and fresh veggies and gorgeous tuna. The portion is so generous, it’s practically a meal in itself. The dish is flawless, perfectly seasoned and I didn’t even require a squeeze of the lime that accompanied it.
It’s probably worthwhile to mention that the menu has been updated to feature the pricing for members and non-members – this is an RSL Club after all. That being said, the staff did advise they’d developed their entrées so as to be shared among a few people.
Next is the Szechuan Dusted Calamari ($16 Single/ $20 Shared); tender morsels, coated in a crunchy batter speckled with Szechuan pepper. They’re served up in a brilliant blue bowl alongside a small dish of creamy mayonnaise. It’s the perfect balance of crispy coating and tender squid.
Easy Lane offer a great range of mains, including your favourite burgers, sliders, steaks, pizzas and more. On my last visit I enjoyed a deliciously cheesy Cajun Chicken Pizza and Trio of Sliders from the Summer Menu. This time round I was keen to get a little saucy and chose a half-rack of Smoked Baby Back Pork Ribs ($33 for the full rack). I just want to point out the incredible generosity of Easy Lane at this stage, because despite being a “half-rack”, their serving could easily be positioned as a “full-rack” anywhere else in Sydney. It just goes to show that at Easy Lane, not only do you get incredible quality and service, but also incredible value. As an added bonus, they smoke everything in-house.
What The Food? It’s a common mistake but no, Baby Back Ribs do not come from a baby pig. In fact, they’re actually cut from the top half of the rib section where the rib meets the spine. As you can imagine, they’re smaller than Spare Ribs, hence “Baby”.
The ribs are definitely an event in themselves. Tender and crusty with the type of barbecue sauce that just makes you want to lick your fingers. They’re only ever so slightly dryer than I would have liked, but the sauce makes up for that fact. The flavour of the smoke permeates the meat and the crust and I simply cannot resist eating them one after another. The ribs come with a serving of crunchy chips, garden salad and coleslaw.
Of course, I couldn’t leave without trying another pizza! Pictured above is the Stampede ($31) which is topped with handmade meatballs, buffalo mozzarella, basil, tomato and parmesan.
Hurry, don’t miss out!
If you’re keen to try the ribs then I recommend you get in quick as they’re about to roll out the winter menu in the next few days. None-the-less, Easy Lane remains one of my local go-to spots for a relaxing weekend lunch with family and friends. A hidden gem in the heart of North-Western Sydney!
Food Presentation: 4 out of 5
Taste: 3.5 out of 5
Service: 5 out of 5
Atmosphere: 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5
Have you been to Easy Lane yet? Let me know what you think in the comments section below. Share your recipes and food photos by tagging #brendonthesmilingchef and #whatsbrendoncooking on Instagram or Tweeting to @bthesmilingchef.
Happy cooking and keep smiling,