Having been to many Hog’s Breath Cafes around the country, no two stores are the same when it comes to the execution of the meals. I’ve known for some time that the Glenelg store is one of the better ones in Adelaide. This place even has beach views if you look out the balcony and turn your head left. As with their other stores, the menu is split up into appetisers, burgers, salads, pasta, chicken dishes, steak, seafood, grilled meats and ribs.
Every Hogs Breath store has that old outback style that we’ve become accustomed to. There is a combination of bench seating and normal tables in front of the bar area which leads to the balcony. Additional seating is available at the back of the bar.
For lunch, I ordered the Seriously Steak Burger. Three of the dishes came out after a 20 minute wait, while my burger took a further 5 minutes. Presentation-wise, it wasn’t too bad, but I’ve seen better looking burgers in my time.
The burger consisted of two thin steaks that were basically sticking out of the burger due to their size. The meat was tender and succulent, and you could taste the smokey flavours from the grill. While most of the fat was trimmed off, they missed a bit on one of the steaks.
The lettuce was fresh and crisp, and you had the sweetness from the red onion, beetroot and grilled onions. This was balanced by the spicy Byron Bay chilli sauce which combined all the ingredients together. The bun was nice and firm and did a good job holding everything in. The burger came with a side of their classic curly fries which were nice and crispy with an adequate amount of salt applied.
One friend had the Chicken Parmigiana. Personally, I wouldn’t order a Chicken Parmi unless it was from a pub because other places usually don’t do it right. In this case, the chicken schnitzel was very small and the meat was over cooked.
Another person ordered the Smoked BBQ Ribs. The ribs were tender and succulent, and easily fell off the bone. The barbecue sauce wasn’t too sweet which is a common mistake other places make. The ribs were baby back which meant they were small. Having said that, you don’t get much for the $35.95 price tag.
The last person in the group had the Rib & Steak Combo. I was told the steak was slightly over cooked and a little on the dry side. A bit more barbecue sauce smothered onto the steak wouldn’t have gone astray.
The staff were friendly and the service was good. Our meals did take a bit long to arrive, and I wasn’t pleased that all meals didn’t come out at the same time. The atmosphere was relaxed, although I distinctly remember Abba playing in the background as we ate. The cost of the burger was $19.95, which wasn’t too bad considering it was tasty. The others felt their dishes weren’t quite worth what they had paid, and from what I saw, I’d agree.
Like their other stores, your experience will depend on what you order and how well it’s cooked. That’s pretty much the same where ever you go actually.
WHERE: 36 Jetty Rd, Glenelg