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 3rd 2017
A spectator’s dream at the Sporting Globe
If you're a sports fanatic, The Sporting Globe in Rockingham is the place to go.
From dining booths with dedicated TVs – you pick the sports to watch – to the sports-inspired menu, this place sings spectatorship.
Surrounded by sporting screens and memorabilia, the Sporting Globe is both a bar and a restaurant where you can either enjoy a meal or simply have a drink and chill out.
We chose to have a lunchtime meal and were seated in a booth while an old AFL game and the Brisbane Open played above us. They offer daily specials and my husband was keen to try the chicken wings, given Mondays are billed as 'half price wings, ribs and schooners'. Unfortunately, we visited on a public holiday, so the specials didn't apply (cue the booooooos) but I suppose the staff have to be paid their well-deserved penalty rates somehow, so it wasn't a big deal.
The menu serves the typical kind of food you would find in a sports-themed bar, including wings, burgers, steaks and loaded fries. You can order the Trainer's Grill wrap, the Touchdown Chicken wrap and the Grand Slam burger – you get the idea. Between us we ordered a serve of wings, the 'MVP' chicken parmi and the Champion Cheeseburger.
My love of cheeseburgers is a running joke within our family. As long as there is a cheeseburger on the menu – sorry, but nothing else gets a look in. The Champion Cheeseburger consisted of a small but thick and tasty beef patty, pickles, mustard and ketchup and onion. It wasn't my favourite cheeseburger, but it was still delicious and I was glad to see it was all served in a hamburger bun, rather than a sweet brioche bun, which I find can get a bit sickly.
Instead of fries, I opted to swap for onion rings for an extra $3.90. You can sub your fries for any side for the same price.
My husband almost made the mistake of choosing the Mini MVP Chicken parmi instead of the MVP parmi – the mini is a smaller version and is made with a half chicken breast instead of a full chicken breast. At $18.90 for the mini and $23.90 for the full, it makes sense for my husband to order the MVP. Buy in bulk and save, he tells me. Right.
The parmi was cooked beautifully (it's baked, not fried, which I think makes a big difference) and it was served with ham – not always a given in Perth – while the Napoli sauce and cheese capped it off nicely.
The Buffalo chicken wings aren't my cup of tea – too messy, but my husband assured me they were delicious and not too hot, but had just enough flavour without being overpowering or sweet.
The Sporting Globe does have a small selection of kid's meals for the under nines, including chicken nuggets, a kids parmi, a cheeseburger and a mini porterhouse, all served with fries or garden salad. Each come with either a free sundae or a mini footy (while stocks last.) We were tempted to order a kids meal for our daughter just to get the mini footy, but decided it would only get lost in the sea of children's toys in our house and the meal would most likely go to waste, given how little she eats.
Another quirky item you can order is a two litre beer to share (or not) – complete with its own little tap. Yep. They range in price from $28.90 to $39.90, depending on the beer. You can also buy a bucket of four bottled beers, ciders, spirits, wines, cocktails and mocktails. You can make a booking online or even pre order your food for takeaway.
The Sporting Globe is open for lunch and dinner daily. It's a place for families and friends alike, and even if you're not into sports or two litre beers, you will find plenty of great food options, a huge selection of drinks and a casual, laid-back atmosphere.