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Published January 26th 2017
Enjoy a brekkie by the beachside
The Grand Bar in Glenelg is an iconic place where beachgoers, locals, and tourists alike enjoy a couple of bevvies as they spend their day (or night). And with the recent installation of their rustic-looking deck, your summer days down the Bay just got more fun-filled!
The Stamford Hotels and Resorts (who own and manage the Grand Bar) invited me to check out their new deck and enjoy a brekkie with fellow local bloggers, where we sampled some of the items on their menu.
Upon arriving at the bar, I was welcomed to some picturesque panoramic views of the coastline that Glenelg (and the city of Holdfast Bay) is blessed with. The sea breeze envelops the customers subtly and the sunshine illuminated the deck with bright colours. This is a space that is perfect for so many different types of occasions - bro / girlfriend catch-ups, dates with your significant others, a family gathering, or even a puppy date with your furbaby before taking them to the beachside.
The Grand Bar boasts of an atmosphere that is classy and sophisticated, but also possesses elements of a relaxed and easygoing vibe that allows it to cater to a diverse audience. While the Grand attracts your usual beach crowd during the day, it is just as versatile at night, where it transforms into one of the most pumping party places down the Bay, resonating with a vibrant and entertaining nightlife (thanks to the local DJs and live bands on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays).
With the bloggers brekkie, we were each provided with a sampler menu, where we chose an option of a meal and a drink. But first, the big brekkie tower graced our tables, where tier 1 came with pastries (croissants) and fresh fruit, tier 2 with eggs Benedict, herb omelette, and hash browns, and tier 3 with sausages, mushrooms, crispy bacon, baked beans, slices of tomato, and toast.
The brekkie tower provides a generous selection of classic breakfast items and when shared with 3-4 people, accounts for a deliciously filling platter to start off the morning the right way.
After our "appetiser dish", we were then invited to order from a selection of items on their menu. For my meal, I ordered the organic goji berries and honey granola, which was served with Fleurieu Peninsula honey yoghurt and lemon curd. While this dish looked deceivingly small, it was plentiful with the delicious combination of crunchy granola and the smooth, velvety yoghurt. The lemon curd added a subtle sweetness to the dish, while still maintaining the healthy aspects.
Other options of meals included eggs Benedict with smashed avocado, sautéed exotic mushroom, and banana bread toast, all of which were thoroughly enjoyed by the bloggers around.
For drinks, I had a mug of coffee at the start of our brekkie, followed by a berry passion smoothie after my main meal. The smoothie was made with mixed berries, low fat yoghurt, passion fruit, honey, and crushed ice.The smoothie was a heavy drink and is best enjoyed on its own (without any meals) as it is very filling. The drink was refreshing with the fresh flavours from the berries and the perfect accompaniment to a stunning view of the beachside in the sunshine.
Glenelg has long been seen as one of the most attractive tourist spots and with the advent of their new deck, the Grand Bar offers its customers with a relaxed and cozy atmosphere where they can enjoy a drink, a meal solo, with friends, family, or even your beloved furbabies. Next time you wander towards the Bay, make sure you stop by the Grand and check out their lovely new deck!