The Portside Grill at Hillarys is a busy, casual restaurant that provides great value for money. Offering several specials each week, we decided to go for the steak special night where you can get a rump steak, chips and slaw for just $14.
The range of beers, ciders and wine is quite extensive and it is nice to see Custard and Co cider on tap.
The menu consists of all of the grill type favourites – steak, ribs, burgers, wings, salads, and fish as well as a range of share boards which offer a nice selection for those who can’t decide.
I chose the barramundi, not expecting it to be amazing, as I didn’t think it would be their speciality, however I was pleasantly surprised to be presented with a beautifully cooked portion of fish, some tasty seasoned chips, and a wonderful salad with great additions like sun dried tomatoes and olives.
One of our group chose the steak special, and found it to be really good quality and great value for money with great chips and a very tasty slaw.
We also ordered ribs which were beautifully cooked and fell off the bone. Portside certainly know how to cook ribs and we could see that the membrane had been carefully removed. The sauce was rich and tasty. Much much better than ribs I have tried at Lone Star and Spur.
Portside is popular, busy and noisy and has a selection of regular tables, high tables and barrels that you can sit around. It was a shame on our visit that all of the regular tables were taken, I find that high tables for eating food can be uncomfortable. However, it was a surprisingly good meal and we all enjoyed it very much.