Yesterday I was dragged to the 'spiritual home' of my significant other. I'm sorry if that sounds insensitive, but when said spiritual home is a sports club, I think my attitude becomes more easily understood.
The Port Club at Alberton is home to the Port Adelaide Magpies SANFL team and the Port Adelaide AFL team. Yesterday being an SANFL game day at Alberton oval, the club itself was quite busy with people dining. The onsite Port Adelaide Mega-store sells merchandise for both the teams who call Alberton home and was our first port of call. Then we popped into the dining room for a nice lunch. As you enter the dining room from the club shop side you pass a trophy cabinet filled with the club's silverware.
The dining room itself is tasteful and quite large, and obviously used to catering for larger groups as most tables seated five people or more. There's a salad and veg bar too, however neither of us sampled this as the menu options we chose didn't come with them included and the meals themselves were enough to satisfy us.
The menu is split into the usual entrée, mains etc but instead they have footy associated names: 'Before the Bounce' for entrees, Quarter-Time for light meals (which both of ours were classified as, and neither of which I'd call light, really), Half-Time etc and After the Siren for dessert. From this novelty factor you could expect that maybe the food wouldn't be up to standard but I was very impressed with the quality of our ordered dishes. I had the avocado, mixed lettuce, peach, pine nut and Spanish onion salad dressed in balsamic vinegar topped with char-grilled chicken tenderloins and my partner had the beef burger, with bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheese, egg and chips on the side. The chips on the side were very good and the bite of burger I had was delicious.
My salad too was lovely and quite filling, and unlike with some dishes there were ample amounts of everything that the menu described. I hate it when a dish's description says it includes something, for example peaches, and there's only one measly peach in your bowl when your food comes out. Pleasantly, that is certainly not the case here.
Our table for two was against one of the walls and all along it ran framed photos with the stats of club life members. The balance between nice dining venue and sports club was a healthy one. Someone who isn't that interested in the game isn't going to feel out of place here but for anyone who is, the trivia and sense of history that can be gained while dining is rewarding. Framed heritage Guernseys line a wall near the bar. The club is proud to be one of the oldest in Australia, going all the way back to 1870.
The Port Club while proud of its history and never failing to acknowledge it, is a stylish, modern club serving quality meals to Port fans and their companions, and probably many patrons who just happen to live in Port Adelaide. If you're ever in the area I recommend giving it a try and you could always take in some SANFL action while you're there!