Food indulger and restaurant gorger partner in crime, Bec, and myself, both live on the Central Coast. We both commute and spend more time in Sydney working and socialising but for once I wanted to attend a restaurant on the coast, I was feeling pretty financially empty at the time so asked if we could go somewhere cheap. Bec had heard and suggested the Elanora Hotel, a pub in the middle of us that had received abundant pieces of praise and positive reviews for RELISH BRASSERIE and GRILL literally listing it as one of the best pubs in NSW to eat at. It was awarded THREE SCHOONERS by the 2012 SYDNEY MORNING HERALD GOOD PUB FOOD GUIDE and this makes it top notch fair, in their own words “Three schooners = Gastro-tastic (best in its class)”.
Originally I detested wanting to go to this pub for anything and thought it downright dodgy and incredibly low brow – I am a real snob sometimes but when I moved to the Coast near on a year ago – a partial section of the front wall of this pub had collapsed – it remained taped up with bricks amuck for well over six months and I was nearly at the point of writing to the local council about it but laziness prevented me. But because of this I wrote East Gosford off, excpet the quick IGA stop off on the way home. BUT since visiting the pub, post brick cleanup, I have found a wonderful cafe, an amazing bakery with wicked cakes and pies and have re-evaluated my thoughts on the suburb.
So it was a done deal, Bec and I were off for some pub grub. It was a quick meal as we were both tired and then back to mine to watch some BEETLEJUICE BEETLEJUICE BEETLEJUICE 🙂
Firstly, the place had abundant parking at the back door and it was incredibly easy to park and walk in, then there was an expansive modern wooden back deck that was covered, we were jumpered up so this was where we were going to sit. The pub itself was no huge deal and was pretty standard as a pub/ RSL set-up. But for 6pm on a Friday it was packed to the rafters with people of all ages, all incredibly friendly and well behaved and there for a social drink and some insane food.
The bistro food area is known as RELISH BRASSERIE AND GRILL and I was ready to feast. RELISH BRASSERIE AND GRILL is famous for being the original home of “cook your own steak” and has one of the largest BBQs on the Coast – what a testosterone dream. Now, I do love a good cook-your-own but why would I do this when eating out, I have a BBQ at home and can cook steak a lot cheaper – nay nay I say – I am here to be cooked for while gossiping with Bec and sipping house Merlot 🙂
For the life of me I cannot find the reviews I read prior to going there but one of them told me I HAD TO EAT the garlic bread – so we started with a nice fluffy garlic bread – it was just a very fine, fluffy white bread oozing with garlic butter – loved it.
Next was Bec’s main – for the life of me I cannot locate it on the menu at the moment – I am pretty certain it was a special – I will update it if I ever get through to her on the phone – I think it was a Thai Beef, chickpea and halloumi salad – you can make out all those ingredients in the picture anyways haha – she loved it and I got a taste and it was yummy!!
Then there was my main – a pub favourite for all time. I just love a good pub chicken schnitzel, no matter how crap a pub meal is it is pretty hard to screw up a schnitzel and bang together some salad and/ or fries. I try to get adventurous when I can but my local pub offers about 80 things on the menu doing burgers, seafood, steaks, Inidan, Thai and with so much stuff they can’t get it all right – they get to about 70% on all dishes. With Elanora Hotel, they are a little more intelligent – they do all their food good – and this topped it – it was THE RELISH SCHNITZEL, it was a divine oven roasted chicken schnitzel topped with King Prawns and Hollandaise sauce served on top of a warm chat potato salad – I have since dreamt of this meal – it is superb. The problem though, with getting something this good on your first visit, is how can I order anything else again when I am at this place?
That was it for us – they have three desserts I would like to devour on one visit – like the Blueberry Creme Brûlée or the Double Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake – HELLO – food wet dream just had. The third dessert is standard sticky date – can’t go wrong with that in winter.
I will definitely be going there again and totally rate this place for being amazing. I also have to mention the staff were efficient and friendly, even considering how busy they were and the drinks were completelty acceptable in pricing – and finally the house merlot is AOK. It has come a long long way since the 12hr meat pie over the bar counter washed down with a VB.