The historic Grange Hotel has been around since 1881 and has always been the main focal point on the Esplanade. With magnificent views of the beach and jetty, customers can sit back and relax, enjoy some delicious food and take in all the scenery. At the Grange Hotel, the menu is seasonal with a focus on fresh local produce. Their lunch menu offers a selection of 10 pub favourites, while their all day menu is a bit more extensive.
Today we started off with the Grilled Hervey Bay Scallops that was topped with a Summer tomato salsa. The scallops were juicy and succulent, and cooked to perfection. The salsa was light and refreshing, and complemented the scallops well. Anyone can knock down 10 of these without much effort!
Next was the Jamaican Jerk Chicken Burger which consists of tomato, bacon and house slaw. The burger was a good size and I really liked the elliptical bun. The chicken was tender and well seasoned, and the amount was quite generous. The bacon was nice and crisp, while the house slaw was adequately dressed and provided a lovely crunchy texture. I’ve had a Jerk Chicken burger elsewhere before but this one was considerably better.
The Grange Fish and Chips was up next with the grilled fish option being selected. Believe it or not, this is the first time I’ve had grilled fish and it was amazing! The fish was soft and delicate, and the light seasoning with a squeeze lemon made it even better. Sometimes the most simple dishes are often the best. This is a great example.
Continuing the seafood theme, the next dish was the Seafood Platter. The amount of fried goodness on this plate may put the health conscious off, but I can verify it was all well executed. The soft and delicate fish was coated in a light, crispy, golden brown batter. The prawns were juicy and succulent, as was the perfectly cooked squid.
The last dish was the New Zealand Lamb Rack served with potatoes, Greek salad and drizzled with a maple glaze. I’ve had a lot of lamb dishes in my time but this one was certainly up there. The meat was charred around the edges with a lovely pink centre. The lamb was well seasoned and each bite had you begging for more. The vegetables in the Greek salad were fresh and crisp, and the saltiness of the feta was balanced by the subtle sweetness of the maple glaze.
It’s been nearly two years since I last ate at the Grange Hotel and I probably regret not eating here more often. Every dish that we had today was of a high standard and I would happily order each one again. With breathtaking views, great service and a relaxed environment, this place really has it all. It’s no wonder why this place is always busy.
Adelaide Food Central would like to thank the staff at the Grange Hotel for their hospitality, and to Social Media AOK for making it all possible.
WHERE: 489 Esplanade, Grange