The Glenelg Public House, Mermaid, Gold Coast

The Glenelg Public House is a new little bar on the Gold Coast highway. As what you can find on their website, it is “a venue specializing in beef with a variety of dishes akin to a gastro pub, complimented by a wonderful list of wines, craft beer, cocktails, and spirits”.

The Glenelg Public House
The Glenelg Public House
Table Seeting at Glenelg
Table Seeting at Glenelg

We visited the restaurant on a pleasant Saturday night. We really liked the lighting not too dark not too light. We were into sharing so we ordered three starters, one salad and two mains.
For starters, we had some beautifully house cured trout gravlax with pickled beetroot and horseradish cream; this dish was one of our favourites – the trout was a really lovely texture.

Ocean trout gravlax, beetroot, horseradish cream
Ocean trout gravlax, beetroot, horseradish cream

The second starter was some beautiful green olives. They were warm and sourced from Sicily.

Lemon garlic sicilian green olives
Lemon garlic sicilian green olives

The baby squid was all coated lightly in breadcrumbs and deep-fried. It was really really tender but the
only thing for us was we felt that it could have added a little bit more salt-and-pepper or some flavour to it but the texture was brilliant.

Baby squid, chili, lemon salt, caper mayo
Baby squid, chili, lemon salt, caper mayo

For the main dish, the selection for non-meat eaters was relatively limited with only one option: a pumpkin gnocchi with this roasted pumpkin and lightly dusted with Palmerson cheese. The gnocchi was tender and tasty but very feeling dish though, so you need to be very hungry to finish it.

Gnocchi, pumpkin, watercress, truffled pecorino, sunflower kernels
Gnocchi, pumpkin, watercress, truffled pecorino,
sunflower kernels

For meat eaters, there are three steak options. Our meat eater had a wagyu steak cooked to perfection with mixed mushroom sauce to accompanying it. He commented that it was the best steak he had eaten at a restaurant in 2015. Charred on the outside,
juicy in the middle really lovely succulent meat.

Robbin’s Island Wagyu Bavette 250g
Robbin’s Island Wagyu Bavette 250g
Juicy Steak close-up
Juicy Steak close-up

Overall we really enjoyed our visit to this little place and would love to go back again in the near future. Our only desire, because we don’t eat meat, is to have a fish dish as part of the mains and we really crave for some beautiful stir-fry broccoli which we saw on the
Instagram account. Great service attentive and we were well looked after. The wine by the glass was good value and a good selection.

For all the dishes we ordered (3 starters, 2 mains + 1 salad) plus 2 glasses of wine and 2 glasses of lemon lime bitters, it costs around $130 plus tips.

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