Pub Of The Week: Tony Leonard reviews the Glengala Hotel, Sunshine
214 Glengala Road, Sunshine
When? June 28, 2019.
Looking a cross between a 70s display home and brownish (mainly) Lego set, the Glengala Hotel is part of the monolithic Woolworth/ALH group, doing mainly what these pubs do dotted right across the suburban landscape of straight up and down food/drink.
It is strange to a point to have such a massive pub, basically in the inner-burbs in such an anonymous location, not set on a big road but more in the outer reaches of Sunshine.
Big pokies and TAB, meal deals, UFC , sports bar in such a setting that is so spacious. Accommodation and function rooms, massive bottle shop, the pub trades 20 hours a day, 10am-6am. That is a real commitment in a pub, and given its location could easily shave a few hours off.
All bases are covered on the food and drink side, with the ubiquitous Graziers steak headlining the menu.
There isn’t a great deal more that can be added as this offer is familiar to millions. You have seen and sampled before.
Entrees tend to follow the chips/bread route, and all mains fall under $30. More fair play to the pub is the 250g rump with chips, salad and a sauce for $24, with all 3 cuts of meat heavily discounted on Tuesdays. When there, a number of specials supplement the standard menu, including Chicken, Mushroom gnocchi (20), and panko Crusted Lamb Cutlets, creamed mash, , seasonal greens (27).
- Hakka spring Rolls – 6 for $13. Standard spring rolls, vegetable based with cabbage dominant, arrive with a dipper. Easy enough eating,
- Half Chicken marinated in Tandoori Spices with Rice – $20. Good flavours through the chook and plenty of it as well. Salad a tad dry, but overall was fine,
- 250g Rump. $24. My only issue is, and continues to be, this steak presented being flatter than what most of us like and that is thick cut. Quality is not a problem, chips good, but can we have it slightly thicker.
The drinks run to a typical CUB list but good on them in such a large pub, that the Carlton Draught was very well presented – with the right taste – throughout the pub. All popular brands represented here.
Massive tick to the pub for the $34 bottle of pepperjack shiraz. This price for this popular brand doesn’t come much cheaper anywhere in a full retail setting.
No problems here. Happy to see you with plenty of staff in this cavernous area to ensure no waiting for anything.
Stock standard MOR soundtracks going quietly in background. Noise level good; track selection. Hmmmm. 6/10.
These massive Woolworth/ALH pubs tend to be located on major arterials; Glengala Rd Sunshine is not one of them. Closer to Ardeer, it seems at odds to its landscape, with enough room to comfortably house 3 games of cricket without the new ball landing in the children’s playground.
The expression “meh” is believed to have yiddish origins and as the world understands it, has a range of meanings/applications to denote indifference/unremarkable as two of them.
That descriptor is apt when applied to this pub. It is not bad by any means but it does fall into my catch-all of ..’seen one of these big pubs, you’ve seen (most) all’.
The look, the menu, is a formula repeated throughout the suburbs. It’s OK for sure and serves a purpose, but there are more interesting options slightly closer in to town.