There’s something about the gold plated walls, plush red velvet seating, chilled salad forks and impeccable service at Lawry’s that just transports you back to a fine dining experience you’d expect in 1930s America. You feel you almost need to be draped in a fur coat with a cigar in one hand talking ‘business’ while the attentive staff serve you tableside.
We had a little taste of dining in the golden era last month with a Foodie Table where a group of us got together for a prime rib feast and wine pairing. The menu featured bellringers such as their famous original spinning bowl salad, which was dressed at the table almost like a performance, with our waitress spinning the bowl of spinach, lettuce leaves, croutons and sliced beets over ice as she poured the dressing on tiptoes.
The highlight of the menu was of course the prime rib, which was carved by the table into thick slices from large silver carts. As the chef majestically rolls in the silver cart to present the beef, we see that it has been kept at the perfect temperature and ready for carving so when it arrived on our plates, it was blushing pink and incredibly tender. The sides of mashed potato, creamed corn, spinach and large Yorkshire puddings brought us back to Sunday roasts and by the end of the evening, we were sharing stories as if it was a Sunday meal with friends, even though he had just met. As we finished off the rest of smoky Cabernet Sauvignon red that was paired with the beef, we ended the evening with a warm and decadent chocolate fantasy cake.
The next time you have a hankering for prime rib, head down to Lawry’s for expertly cooked beef and expect to be transported to a time where waitresses get on tiptoes, salad forks are chilled, ladies are always served first and for chefs that serve you right at the table.
Lawry's The Prime Rib, Shop 201B, 2/F Hutchison House, 10 Harcourt Road, Central, 2907 2218