The Portside Grill

‘Friends are the family you can’t choose’ and these girls, Rebekah and Elizabeth, are exactly that to me.

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I’ve had a friendship with them 11 years and counting, we think of each other as cousins, if not sisters, and they’re one of the handful of people who actually know how I (oddly) tick.

But besides all that, food and friends/family are the best recipe for a weekend, so we got together for a Saturday lunch that would make any spare-rib loving American proud.

Vegetarians, look away!

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The Portside Grill is relatively new to Sorrento Quay (also called Hillary’s Boat Harbour around these parts). The grill has a fantastic relaxed vibe, a ‘walk-in’s welcome’ attitude and meal portions that would satisfy any hungry wanderer.

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We sat ourselves down at some stools and a table (or a barrel, should I say?) and got comfy.

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While Elizabeth is never keen on photos of herself, I forced her to!

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Rebekah on the other hand was far more co-operative.

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And looking pretty splendid, considering she had done night shift!

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We didn’t really look at the menu, because I was calling the shots.

It was time for theeee (*drum roll*) ‘Ultimate BBQ Board’…

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Sticky pork ribs, 1/2 piri piri Chicken, tender beef short ribs, spicy wings, fries and slaw.

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It’s a generous portion for two people, or perfect for three girls, as a solid effort for lunch.

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If you’re still hungry, just order up some extra fries…or loaded fries…or walk through the quay for some gelato later. (I’m a clever thinker.)
Anyway, we tucked in. It was a messy saucy affair, with a lot of fingers and napkins involved,  mumbles of ‘yum’ and telling each other that they had sauce on their face. Oh, and I accidentally rubbed chilly into my eye, which caused some eye twitching and funny comments.
Satisfied though, we set our plates aside and took our leave.
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There’s no better way to wear off such a meal, as a walk…and maybe some childish antics along the way.
I promise we are in our twenties, though the people walking past us probably didn’t think so.
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It gets worse…
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Told you.
Moving on! Hillary’s Boat Harbour is always gorgeous on a sunny day. The rain was nowhere to be seen, even though the wind was whipping us about!
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We took a stroll down the boardwalk and then snuck behind all the shops to where the boats are moored.
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Ab-sail-utely lovely!
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The money shot right there, I think! ^
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Back on the boardwalk, we continued to laugh and fool around, as the crazy 12 year olds we are deep down, or not so deep down…
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Before heading over towards the sheltered beach. This place is usually bursting with families through summer, when it’s 10 degree warmer!
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But today, we had it all to ourselves.
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(Also, if you check out my Instagram ‘Highlights’, you might see a little of the craziness in action.)
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Sadly, all good things must come to an end though.
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Back at where we started, we chatted in the carpark for a long while, before I had to go to an appointment.
I used to live in Sorrento, so just up the road from this beautiful Perth landmark, and I miss having it on my doorstep. Now it’s 15 minutes drive away, which means no more morning walks from home, but I guess I can’t complain.
It won’t be long before we’re back and testing out the rest of the menu at Portside Grill.
P.S. Also, sorry for the poor layout and lack of spacing in the photos and text in this post. WordPress is messing up on me!!

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