A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published November 14th 2015
Grand Glenferrie Hotel is no lame duck
The Glenferrie Hotel, located at 324 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, has recently undergone what is described as a 'thoughtful refurbishment' of the interior and courtyard. Sporting a discount dining voucher, we decided to check it out.
The Glenferrie Hotel has recently undergone a 'thoughtful refurbishment'
The first thing one notices on entering is what a huge space it is! As well as the bar and large dining area, the Glenferrie boasts an indoor/outdoor courtyard, a private function room and two other function spaces - worth keeping in mind for your upcoming year-end events.
The refurbished interior has retained many period features, giving the hotel a grand, classical feel.
Browsing the menu, there are plenty of options to suit all tastes and budgets. The menu ranges from entrees such as freshly shucked oysters at $3.60 each, crispy fried pork belly ($18) and mini Wagyu burgers ($18), through a range of pizzas (priced at up to $24 for a seafood marinara pizza), to pub favourites such as a steak sandwich ($22) or a veal schnitzel ($27). Then there is a selection of main courses with more of a gourmet feel including slow cooked duck ragu pappardelle ($26), roast baby chicken with homemade stuffing, roasted baby vegetables and jus ($30) and slow cooked veal osso bucco with roasted root vegetables and creamy mash potato ($29). Click here to see the full menu.
There is also an extensive wine list, which includes a good choice of wines by the glass. You can view the full wine list here. The hotel also features five domestic beers, four international beers, and two ciders on tap, along with a variety of craft beers.
Our menu selection was easy - twice cooked duck
For my dining companion and I, it was easy to choose our meal. We both love to eat duck, and couldn't go past twice cooked duckling with cauliflower puree, spinach, potato fondant and sour morello sauce - one of the most expensive dishes on the menu at $36. This dish didn't disappoint. In fact it was absolutely delicious. The duck was melt in the mouth - perfectly cooked. Everything on the plate was beautifully executed, and it was a combination that worked very well together.
Sticky date pudding - a safe choice
Moving onto dessert, my companion chose an old favourite - sticky date pudding ($12), which he loved - I'm sure he'd have licked the plate if he thought he'd have got away with it! I ordered plum and almond cake served with creme fraiche ice cream ($12) from the specials menu, and for me, it was the let down of the night. It had a strange consistency, almost like a firm porridge. I'd guess it was a little undercooked. The plum slices served with it did nothing to save the dish - they were sour and unpleasant to eat. I didn't finish my dessert.
The almond and plum pudding - not such a success
Overlooking the plum and almond cake for a moment, we very much enjoyed our evening at the Glenferrie Hotel. The staff are friendly and well informed, the main dining area has a pleasant ambience, and the range of menu choices makes it easy to find something you like.
For us, it was all about the duck. It was so good that, after attending a function at the nearby Town Hall Gallery just a few days later, it didn't take much persuasion for me to return to the Glenferrie for another round of the twice cooked duck. Imagine our horror when what was served was not that dish, but the duck ragu pappardelle! Apparently my companion had asked for 'the duck' when he ordered, and the person who took the order was not aware there were two duck dishes on the menu. Happily, this problem was soon sorted out in a seamless way. It's always a good test of a venue as to how effectively it handles a problem like this, and we were impressed that no fewer than four people - two wait staff, the person who took the order, and a manager - each came and apologised.
I'm happy to say that despite this slight glitch, the duck tasted just as good the second time round.
The Glenferrie Hotel is open 7 days, from 11.30am to midnight. It offers disabled access and facilities for dining patrons. Dinner reservations are recommended.
While I haven't stayed there, it's worth mentioning that the hotel also offers 16 rooms of boutique accommodation.