The pub at the corner of Helena Street and Great Eastern Highway in Midland has had many incarnations over the years, some more successful than others. With new owners and a do-over it has been reborn as the Grand Central – in a salute to the railway history of Midland. Images of trains and the workshops adorn the walls and the dining room and outdoor bar area take up the theme with their names – The Station and The End of the Line, respectively.
The menu is simple pub fare – burgers, steak, chicken parmi, pork ribs, fish and chips, pasta dishes and the like – and our choices of chilli and ginger prawn linguine and grilled chicken and smashed avocado burger came out quickly and of generous proportion.
The burger, 2 good slabs of chicken breast, juicy and tender, sandwiched in a large toasted bun with lettuce, tomato, avocado and melted cheese made for a filling lunch.
The pasta dish had a good number of prawns along with well-cooked linguine and a distinct ginger flavour and aroma – the chilli component was not so noticeable, even with my order of extra chilli it didn’t really hit any chilli notes. Pleasant enough, but chilli with a bit of bite would have improved it no end.
So the food, as evidenced by what we had, was fine – solid pub grub; the wine list on the other hand wasn’t impressive – for the whites an over-reliance on sauvignon blanc, no rosé at all, and although the reds were reasonable it wasn’t really a red day, so we stuck to Madfish white, OK but nothing to write home about – a re-jig of the list should be on the cards.
The Grand Central shows promise – it has been renovated well, comfortable and welcoming surrounds, friendly staff, sound pub food, a bit of work to do on the wine list – but a good addition to Midland. I also noticed they have all of the summer’s cricket on the screens there so if you are not a Fox subscriber and can’t access all of the Big Bash on free to air, wander along and get your cricket fix at the Grand Central.