A friend and I decided to have lunch at Surfers Rowers to see our musician friend playing (check him out, he’s great – Rick Barron) on a sunny Saturday afternoon. It’s a bar/lounge venue located in the water opposite Council chambers in Bundall; I’m pleased to say we enjoyed our lunch.
I hadn’t been to this venue since it was Margaritas, which was many moons ago so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The indoors is split into a smaller dining area which has a higher priced menu (the specials board was advertising items around the mid $35 mark). On this day we just wanted to sit in the bar and listen to Rick play so decided to order off the bar menu.
The venue itself is pretty relaxed, on the water which is nice, and attracts boaties to stop by for a drink or a meal. It was actually pretty busy – about 50 or more people with a number of large family groups ordering lunch. It looks like somewhere the local office workers would flock to for an after work / Friday drink with mainly long tables with bench seating or tables with barstool seating available. The bar furniture itself looks a bit worn but it’s still a nice place to sit and while away some time.
We ordered a couple of drinks at the bar and perused the menu. Their All Day Menu has a selection of snacks, oysters, burgers, a couple of salads, some seafood dishes, steaks and pizzas available. As it’s a bar menu you do have to order and pay for drinks and food at the bar (OK, might sound obvious but just thought I should let you know…).
I decided to go with the Open Steak Sandwich (pregnancy craving – hot chips – mmm) – toasted ciabatta bread, cheese, caramelized onion, lettuce, bacon + chips ($15.5) to which I added beetroot (I always think steak sandwiches are better with beetroot…). It was a lovely piece of steak, cooked perfectly and nice and tender. The flavours were delicious – salty, smokey and sweet with the caramelized onion, bacon and beetroot. Also the chips were fresh, hot and nice and salty. In fact, as I’m writing this (later) my mouth is watering thinking about it.
My friend ordered the Steamed NZ Mussels with chorizo, Pernod, parsley, saffron and ciabatta ($22.5). I don’t eat mussels so can’t personally report on this, in fact, my opinion on mussels: they’re like alarming orange lumpy bits of seafood wrapped in rubber bands. But for you mussel lovers, she said they tasted great with a good combination of Spanish style flavours. They were sitting in quite a lot of a very buttery looking sauce, which she said she didn’t mind as she could dip her ciabatta in to enjoy the flavour.
The service at the bar was warm and friendly, when I asked for beetroot and tomato sauce it was no problem which was great. Like I said, it was a relaxing place to sit, enjoy a few drinks and some relaxed bar style food. There are so many places I want to try on the GC, but I would go back there again for that yummy steak sandwich.
Loo review: Although the loos are quite modern they were in need of a clean up at lunch time on Saturday which we thought was strange (usually venue toilets are in need of a bit of a clean after / during more busy trading periods?) – 6/10.