The Strand Cafe

108 Jetty Rd, Glenelg
Phone: (08) 8376 9222

A Strand of History in Glenelg

The Strand Restaurant is a well-respected and established business, with owners John and Tus Papatolis’ family steeped in the business history of Glenelg (their parents established the first fish and chips shop in Glenelg in 1948).

After owning several other businesses in the restaurant industry, John and Tus embarked on their next project with gusto, as they opened The Strand Restaurant on Valentines Day 2000. Over the years it has grown into a popular, well-patronized establishment eagerly sought after by tourists, locals and corporate clientele alike. John and Tus have an eye for detail and a professional regard for quality food and service with customer comfort and satisfaction uppermost in their minds.

After being warmly welcomed by John we eagerly awaited our meals as we watched the restaurant coming alive with patrons. Our first experience was Lahem Alla Hommus; a delicious entrée of sliced marinated beef cooked in Lebanese spices and garlic, served on a bed of hommus and rocket, drizzled with olive oil and accompanied with warm pitta and lemon wedges…. YUM!

We were then treated to another entrée called Saganaki, a delightfully light and tasty haloumi cheese taste sensation. The haloumi was grilled to perfection and served with rocket, sweet pickled cucumber and a lovely lemon dressing. It was definitely a treat for cheese lovers, with the pickled cucumber and lemon dressing creating a perfect marriage with the haloumi.

After a short break we were greeted with the first main, a tantalizing kangaroo loin marinated in a classic Moroccan blend of cumin, coriander and garlic set on a bed of sweet potato. This was topped with pickled red cabbage, spiced tomato jam and a shiraz glaze…..FANTASTIC!  Our host John was particularly proud of this dish as many people travel from far and wide to experience this memorable taste sensation time and time again. Needless to say we were not disappointed, it was a special treat and understandably worth coming back for.

By now we were wondering how we were going to fit in another bite…. then we were brought the last dish; a Moroccan Curry.
This was a truly amazing man-sized curry. Slow braised beef in a fragrant blend of exotic spices with coconut milk set on a raisin and mango couscous, served with date relish and cinnamon yoghurt. Wow, a treat to the palate!

During our visit to the Strand we enjoyed two stunning South Australian wines:
Bent Creek an elegant fruit-driven white from the Adelaide Hills; and a Penley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Phoenix Red from the Coonawarra. Both the red and the white were expertly matched to the meals. One of the staff noticed that I was not drinking the alcohol and suggested I try one of the Stand’s non alcoholic mocktails. I was treated to a Tropical Wakeup, a wonderful substitute and very refreshing.

All in all our first review was a great success! We can thoroughly recommend the Stand as a great place to go for a wonderfully relaxing gastronomic experience, with a warm friendly ambiance. You will find the staff very accommodating, the meals more than adequate in size and value, with the chefs using fresh local product where possible. You will be sure to want to return again and again.

And we haven’t even mentioned the desserts and the coffee…..

By Gill Higgins and Lynne Gage