When I took my dad out for lunch the other day, the brief was: a pub for a beer and a steak. Not hard to find really. However, I wanted to take him to a pub where the food had a little bit more pizazz and we didn’t get given a buzzer to know when our food is ready. After much research, I took him to nearby Richards on the Park in Canley Vale.

I have visited the bistro at Richards on the Park in the past and to be honest, back then I was not impressed. However, over the past year or so, the ownership of the bistro seems to have changed hands a few times. Jay Huxley of Masterchef 2011 was in charge of the bistro for a while, completely reinterpreting the pub grub on offer. While it is no longer a Hux bistro, it has continued using Jay’s menu and is now called Bistro 2166.

Canley Vale Richards Park Bistro 2166 Menu Bistro 2166 Canley Vale Richards Park Menu Richards Park Canley Vale Bistro 2166

Bistro 2166 sure knows how to impress my dad! He ordered the rib eye on the bone with salad and chips with mushroom sauce. The char marks on the thick cut of steak were almost enough to bring a tear to a grown man’s eye. It was cooked medium, just to his liking.

Steak Rib Eye Chips Salad Bistro 2166 Canley Vale Richards Park Steak Rib Eye Canley Vale Bistro 2166

I ordered the melt in your mouth baby back pork ribs in a house made BBQ sauce. They came with a side of chips and mellowing coleslaw. Pork ribs are one of my favourite foods so it was exciting to see a good version of this on a pub bistro menu. Another awesome item that I couldn’t resist ordering was onion rings. These were in a thick, yet surprisingly light batter.

Ribs BBQ Canley Vale Bistro 2166 Richards Coleslaw Onion Rings Canley Vale Bistro 2166

Our lunch was delightful and ticked all the boxes. It was great to rediscover Bistro 2166 with good, affordable, grill style food in such an unassuming location. We will definitely be revisiting this Canely Vale gem.

Location: 41 Canley Vale Rd, Canely Vale 2166
Price: Mains range from $11 to $25
Open: Daily from 12pm

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