The One with the Open Steak Sandwich

Yummy in my tummy

It’s not the first time I have been to Ricardo’s Cafe, in fact I visited Ricardo’s for the first time at the end of January this year. To be frank, it wasn’t the most pleasant experience I’ve had and if the coffee and food wasn’t so bad I probably wouldn’t have gone back.


However, I just wasn’t stubborn enough to stay away from Ricardo’s delicious patissez options and spot on menu hence why Idrus and I headed to Ricardo’s in Belconnen on a fine Sunday early afternoon for brunch.

Just like last time, I went to Ricardo’s with the plan to order pancakes – but.. I was skeptical because my last order from the first visit was a disaster. I really enjoyed what Idrus ordered the last time, which was the Steak Sandwich so I opted to order the Open Steak Sandwich instead but vowed to order the pancakes for next time.  I promise, I will order those damn pancakes!

Before I continue to talk about my order, I would like to add that the menu had changed which is normal for cafes to revamp their menu’s to introduce the season so my steak sandwich was completely different to the steak sandwich that Idrus had ordered, previously.

Not to worry, I loved every mouthful of my Steak Sandwich and cleaned my plate until there was no scraps in site. Actually, that’s a lie – I had a bit of pastry left on the plate 😛


That’s right, my Open Steak Sandwich was served with pastry instead of bread. To compliment the delicious Grilled grained fed steak and pastry it came with beetroot onion jam, runny fried egg (just the way I like it), cheddar and roquette with a big drizzle of aioli. I was in Open Steak Sandwich heaven, guys! I don’t even like roquette, but I ate every single one of it.

Finally, Idrus ordered the Roast Chicken Sandwich which came with seasoned lemon and thyme chicken, avocado, tomato, swiss cheese and stacked on top of one another in a quinoa sourdough bread and drizzled with lime aioli. I didn’t ask to try it so I don’t know how good it was but Idrus said he liked it and ate all of it but I was put off of it because the sourdough had quinoa mixed through it. I hate quinoa, ha!


I wanted to finish of the early afternoon with a delicious Snickers Ice Cream that looks like Golden Gaytime but Idrus and I were so full from our meals that we wouldn’t have been able to fit a small piece of chocolate in our bellies.

Service was a little better as opposed to our first visit, the lady at the counter wasn’t so friendly though but I have come to a conclusion that Ricardo’s is such a fast paced environment so I can understand that the waiters and waitress’ could get a little flustered and frustrated. It’s still no excuse, but I have accepted it haha.

Ricardo’s is definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been there yet – a lot of my fellow Canberran’s have vouched for Ricardo’s and for my second time visiting, Ricardo’s sure doesn’t disappoint.

P.s. The coffee was much better this time round as well.



Jamison Place, Bowman Street, Macquarie, ACT
Monday to Friday: 7:30am-5:30pm
Saturday to Sunday: 7:30am-4pm

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