I am a stay at home mum trying to be a freelance writer - or a freelance writer trying to be a stay at home mum. I enjoy getting out and about with my two little girls and am Chief Editor of Perth Mums Group perthmumsgroup.com.au
Published January 10th 2018
Family-friendly dining and steaks for all on the Gold Coast
Any restaurant with a children's play area is always a welcome sight for parents, but how about one with retro arcade games? Bean bags and their own little couches to watch ABC Kids on TV? Sounds pretty good to me!
My family and I visited Graziers Steakhouse at the Parkwood Tavern in Parkwood while on a holiday on the Gold Coast. We were staying at a nearby holiday park so decided to give it a go on a Saturday night. I was immediately thrilled to see the kids' entertainment room – any distraction for a 2.5 year old while we are out for dinner is always a godsend. They also have an outdoor playground, but we only discovered that while driving out after we'd left. Oops!
Naturally we sat close to where all the action was. There are highchairs available and a children's menu that includes chicken nuggets and chips, grilled fish, cheeseburger, pasta, calamari and a kids' steak. Yep – we went for the steak.
The menu is quite extensive, with starters and share plates, a selection of steaks ranging, along with steak toppers such as BBQ pork ribs, garlic prawns and wings, plus sauces and mustard. There are also other main meals including ribs, parmis, seafood, lamb cutlets and burgers.
I tossed up between the Graziers beef and mushroom pie and the crispy pork belly, but a few bad experiences with pork belly of late swung my vote to the pie. My husband, a steak-lover, went for the Graziers Black Angus Rump, a 400 gram beast of a thing.
The ordering system is pretty simple – order food and drinks at the bar, although you have to order food and drink separately, which was a bit off, but no big deal. Once we had ordered, the food came out quickly and we tucked in – just in time for our hungry toddler.
I do love a good pie, and this one was reminiscent of something you might find in an English pub – a lovely thick pastry, surrounded by creamy mash potato and mushy peas. The pie filling was beautiful – the beef was tender and had a lovely flavour.
I think my husband wants to move to Queensland from Perth purely for the quality of the steaks available. I don't eat steak but he told me it was cooked perfectly and the peppercorn gravy packed with flavour. As for our toddler's little steak, that was cooked beautifully and it didn't take her long to tuck in. I would have preferred a vegetable or two on the plate, but that's the only thing I can fault. Even the baby enjoyed having a chew on the steak.
We found the price for three meals very reasonable – the kids' meal was only $9 and my meal $19 – perhaps we are just too used to paying Perth prices.
Inside the tavern, there's also a gaming area and various bars, and they run regular events throughout the year.
After another little play and an unsuccessful attempt to win a teddy, it was time to go and get the kids bathed after their little steak dinners and into bed. Overall we had a lovely meal in a family-friendly environment and would recommend visiting families give it a go.