We had a friend visit us in Alice Springs so we decided to show her around town and finish the night off with a nice dinner. After climbing Mount Gillen, visiting the Reptile Centre and watching the sunset on Anzac Hill, we’d built up quite an appetite so we made our way to the Gillen Club for a feed.
It was surprisingly busy for a Thursday night and we were lucky enough to order our meals before the line grew to 10 metres long! While we waited, we helped ourselves to the all you can eat salad bar, which was complete with garden salad, coleslaw, balsamic mushrooms and a weird combination salad of spinach, jalapeños and bread. We watched a bunch of kids goof around on the jungle gym while their parents mingled at nearby tables.
Our buzzer went off earlier than expected and we went to collect our meals. Juz and Jenny ordered a chicken schnitzel each. Jenny’s Hawaiian schnitzel had pineapple rings under the cheese while Juz’s Mexican schnitzel had Tobasco in the sauce and was topped with a ludicrous amount of jalapeños. The schnitzels were huge but not too thick, and they tasted great. Both meals were super filling and served with a small amount of chips, which was perfectly fine considering we could eat as much salad as we liked. However, by the time we finished our meals, we didn’t have any room left…
Dave went with the $14.90 porterhouse special cooked medium rare and unbelievably, that’s how the steak arrived! The mushroom sauce was just gravy with mushrooms in it. For the price, it was a very reasonable and well sized meal that could have been supplemented with more salad but there was no need – Dave was full.
We weren’t expecting much from the Gillen Club and we were pleasantly surprised with the value and flavour of the food. It’s a great kid-friendly restaurant that serves a decent meal in a social atmosphere. Feeling utterly satisfied, we left the Gillen Club for a nightcap at Epilogue before taking Jenny back to her hostel.