Dave and I are always looking for somewhere new to have lunch. And the Grille Shack is our latest find. Situated along Clarence Drive in Gordons Bay, this is a drive worth taking for the food.
Small Plates & Snacks
On our first visit we decided to share the salt & pepper calamari (R55) for starters. This was a great way to start our meal, and inspiration for our second visit. The second time we ordered one of each of the dishes from this section of the menu. Corn dogs (R45) were a first for me and got a thumbs up from the table. I was not as excited by them as by the chipotle salsa that was served with them. The BBQ hot wings (R55) were not so hot which meant I could enjoy them. I found the amasi ranch dressing to be a little too thin. The chickpea falafel (R45) were bland and needed the tzatziki and the salad served alongside did not have any crispy chickpeas as advertised on the menu. But it was super crunchy and the best part of the plate.
For the first time ever we tried deep fried mac & cheese (R45) and I could so enjoy these for lunch every day. The sauce served with them might have been the jalapeno salsa but it was not hot, and too thin. Dave, James and Carli gave the jalapeno poppers (R65) a thumbs up. I did not try them as the consensus from the three of them were that they were too hot for me. I did however tuck into the grille shack nachos (R65). The toppings of cheese sauce, mature cheddar, salsa, guacamole, pico de gallo, pickled jalapenos and sour cream was perfect. They needed to be eaten first as the corn chips went soggy quite quickly.
Burgers, Mains, Grills and For The Young Ones
When we went for lunch the first time our one guest chose the cheeseburger (R115). He said it was perfect, and the first time he had ordered a burger in a long while. His wife ordered the 300g sirloin (R145) and the staff were quite happy to bring a takeaway box for the steak she could not eat. Dave and I went for the classic beer battered fish & chips (R105) and we were both happy with our choice. For the second visit we ordered hake goujons (R55) for Hannah. We all had a taste and the fish was perfectly cooked.
Drinks and More
They have a small selection of craft beers and ciders. Dave and James ordered beer, and Carli and I went for the cider. I had to try both the blueberry and pomegranate and must say I could not taste the difference between the two. Service is slow, both from the kitchen and the staff. But if you are not in a rush then stop here for a really good lunch. They have high chairs and a kids play area. But be warned, there are snakes and people can bring their dogs and might let them off the leash.
Contact the Grille Shack on 087 150 7964 – they do not take bookings for tables of less than 10 people so arrive early to secure your seat.
Dave, James, Carli, Hannah and I are midway through our family trip in England. Dave and I will be back at work on the 20th of November. I might not be able to read any blogs while we are away so please forgive my lack of visiting back. I will reply to comments when I can. You can follow our trip by taking a look at our holiday blog.