Sunday, 16 November 2014

East Terrace Continental [3]

I had the most random craving for Caesar salad this week and realised that I have never actually ordered one for myself whenever I eat out. Upon mentioning this to my friend, he decided he was craving it too! My next dilemma was deciding on where to eat. Who would've though it would be that difficult to find a decently priced Caesar salad in the CBD?! I ended up spotting it on the lunch menu at ETC, and realised I'd never actually ordered anything on the lunch menu there since I'm usually there for breakfast (Previous visits 1 & 2). We ended up heading there where I would be killing 2 birds with 1 stone - hopefully satisfying the Caesar salad craving and trying something off the lunch menu!

Classic Chicken Caesar $16.50
Cos lettuce, freshly grilled bacon, parmesan, anchovies, poached egg, croutons 

When this first arrived at our table, I looked at the chicken and immediately thought it would be super dry and tough. I was very surprised to find that it was in fact very juicy and had a bit of light seasoning which didn't compete flavour-wise with the other components in the salad. I was unfortunately let down by the caesar dressing which really lacked that tangy kick you'd expect. Other than that, a very generous serving size of crunchy croutons, grilled bacon and a perfectly poached egg along with some crunchy cos... you can't go wrong! (Unless you dislike whole anchovies like I do - I just picked them off)

We had a super late lunch, arriving at 2pm. There were only a few tables to be served so I think the waiting staff were really taking it easy. The service was very casual, which I didn't mind at all. $16.50 is a pretty decent amount to pay for a slightly healthier lunch option in the CBD but I think I'll have to find somewhere else to satisfy my Caesar salad cravings. Any suggestions for the best Caesar salad in the CBD (or just Adelaide in general)? Please leave them in the comments below!

Not my favourite experience at ETC, but it definitely won't deter me from coming back. I just love their breakfast menu and poached eggs too much!

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Sean's Kitchen [2]

Forget Breakfast at Tiffany's... do breakfast at Sean's! ;)

Soooo I've visited Sean's Kitchen 3 times in the span of 7 days - once for lunch and twice for breakfast. Today's post will be covering breakfast!

The first time we went, we chose to sat outside and enjoy the beautiful morning sunshine. I soon realised this was a big mistake as my poor temporary iPhone 4 camera just couldn't handle that sunshine! 

English Breakfast Tea $4 

Soy cappucino $5

(Still cringing at the lighting in this photo. I apologise!)

Gypsy Eggs $12
baked free range hens eggs, chorizo, spicy tomato & bean casserole

What drew me to this was the baked eggs and spicy tomato. I loved the texture of the baked eggs, especially since they both had runny yolks, as well as the flavour of the spicy tomato casserole. Just the right amount of punch and not too rich, although it was what I would consider a hearty breakfast. I'm not too sure how I managed to miss the beans listed on the menu (it was clearly too early for me), but there are quite a few so maybe leave this dish alone if you're not a huge fan of beans like myself! The only complaint I have would be that bread - it was rock hard and almost impossible to bite through. I didn't manage to finish the dish but it would be good size for anyone feeling super hungry in the morning.

For our second visit, we arrived to an empty restaurant just before 8am. Learning from previous experience, this time we sat inside so I could capture some proper photos!

 Latte $4

 Bacon & Egg Butty $6
bloody mary tomato ketchup

Angela ordered this on our first visit and I just had to try it when we returned! I loved it - the egg was fried perfectly with a runny yolk, the bloody mary tomato ketchup had the most deliciously rich, spiced flavour and bacon was... well, bacon. 

On our first visit, someone was ordering about 30-40 takeaway butties so it took about 20 minutes for our food to come out. On our second visit, being the only ones at the restaurant at the time we ordered, the food was ready within only about 5 minutes. The usual fantastic service and great atmosphere were evident on both mornings, particularly with all the gorgeous sunshine through the glass windows! I would love to come back, but maybe not for another month or so... 3 times in 7 days has been rather excessive. The bacon & egg butty is dangerously addictive and so affordable, let's just say it's a good thing my university isn't based in the city because you can also get it to-go in the mornings!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Bread & Bone Wood Grill [2]

After hearing about my last visit to Bread and Bone, a few of my friends were intent on trying it out. We arrived to a fairly busy restaurant for lunch on a week day and were seated promptly. Once the menus was set down in front of us, I was surprised to find that there were quite a few changes that had been made since my last visit. Prices for burgers now automatically include fries and work out to be $1 extra than what you would've paid with the old menu. Prices of the accompaniments have all gone up, the red velvet soft serve has been replaced by another flavour and they've gone from $6 to $8. Also, the burgers are no longer served with pickles. So many changes and my last visit was only 2 months ago shortly after it opened!

Between the 6 of us, we ordered 4 different menu items.

(I used my iPhone 5S to take photos on my last visit but it has since been stolen, so please bare with me and the quality of my photos as I use my old iPhone 4 while I wait on a replacement phone!)

Soft shell crab burger and fries $17.50
crab, roasted chilli kewpie, iceberg, cress

I wanted to go for something different this time and opted for this. My absolute favourite element was the spicy kewpie which added just the right amount of flavour and kick to the burger. The soft shell crab wasn't as crunchy and hot as I would've liked, but I wasn't too fussed.

Three Little Pigs $18.50
roast pork, heritage ham, smoked bacon, wombok, kewpie, confit onion, cheese, green sauce

Julie really enjoyed this burger but her only criticism was that there was a serious ham overload. In saying that however, she thinks people who like ham won't have any issue with it. 

B & B Burger $18.50
beef, speck, cheese, tomato, lettuce, caramelised onion, pickle, sauce, kewpie

Kym found a sheet of baking paper the size of the beef patty in this - eek! They apologised and replaced it immediately with twice the amount of chips as the first burger. 

 Another friend's B&B in all it's glory!

 B & B Dog with fries $15
speck wrappy Vienna sausage, onion rings, cheese, sauce, kewpie

Apparently this was not bad, but the girls who shared it preferred the burgers because the fresh lettuce and tomato in it made it a bit easier to eat.

The only issue we found with the meal was that the chips were unevenly salted. Some of us had extremely salty chips, while others had chips that were too bland. This discrepancy was also present within our individual plate of chips. They also all had different textures which was strange, some were fried to perfection while others were either too crispy or too soggy. Apart from this, we all enjoyed the burgers and hot dog! Service was above average but didn't stand out. One of the waiters was fantastic, continually refilling our water, checking in with us and we were pretty impressed with his ability to quickly rattle off the contents of their daily chopped salad, which contained about 15 different ingredients!

Despite the few hiccups, I'm sure I'll be back as Bread & Bone has solidified its spot on my list of favourite burger places in Adelaide!

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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Lucky Lupitas

I have driven past this place almost every single week day on my way to uni and 7 months later, I've finally gotten round to trying it out! I first heard about Lucky Lupitas a few years ago and have visited their sister restaurant ULC, so it has been on my list of places to try for a while. I'd also heard that they make a mean burger, previously named one of the best in Adelaide.

Mismatched furniture, cutlery and glasses

We both ordered burgers and went with two different sauces;
Chipotle Mayonesa: smoky jalapeno with mayonnaise, dijon, cilantro & horseradish
Mole verde: a blended sauce of picked jalapeno, pepita cilantro, green onion & garlic

Close up!

Hamburguesas with papas fritas $14.90
Handmade pressed beef pattie with peruvian salsa criolla, lettuce, tomato & your favourite Lupitas house made sauce

We both really liked how the meals were presented and neatly laid out on the boards. Unfortunately the pattie was overcooked and dry to the point where it was crumbly and unpleasant.

Having had quite high expectations from all the reviews I'd heard, I was unfortunately let down by the burgers. We were both quite disappointed with the dryness of the pattie and my friend found the mole verde in his burger rather bland, while I quite liked the chipotle mayonnaise. The chips were delicious, mainly due to the seasoning and the tangy yellow sauce that was on the board. I am not a huge fan of raw onions so I left the salsa criolla alone, although my friend tried it and said he wasn't a huge fan of it.

Oh I wish I could say I loved my first impression of Lucky Lupitas but unfortunately that just wasn't the case. The claim of being "one of the best burgers in Adelaide" will have to be justified another time. One thing both my dining companion and I agreed on was that the chips are seriously addictive! Service was pretty good, nothing exceptional, even though we arrived just before 12pm for an early lunch and were the only customers there. By around 12:30pm, Lucky Lupitas was absolutely packed with people coming for lunch from work, namely the Flinders Medical Centre. I'll definitely be giving them another go because I do believe they have something special to offer, we were just unlucky this time!

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