Sunday, 19 April 2015

Delicatessen Kitchen & Bar

Finding new spots to try in the CBD has become increasingly difficult for me, so when Delicatessen popped up on our radar, my fellow foodie friend Julie and I planned a lunch date for the very next day! At midday, we turned up without a booking and were lucky enough to score one of the last free tables there.

Flat bread, jamon, rouquette, soft cheese, olive oil $13.90

A winning combination; we couldn't fault it! The cheese was divine, and we found out that the the soft cheese used varies depending on what is available, but the particular cheese used that day was Brillat savarin, a French soft cheese made from cow's milk. Deliciously creamy, we could easily have eaten more than what was on the plate!

 New York Reuben sandwich $15.90

What a beast of a Reuben! Ever since my visit to Melbourne and trying my first ever Reuben at Manchester Press, I've been wanting to find an equally delicious one in Adelaide. I'd actually forgotten about this mini mission of mine until I saw this item on the menu and I knew I just had to order it. Unfortunately it wasn't as good as the one from Manchester Press, but I have to say it was still pretty tasty. I don't usually mind a bit of sauerkraut but I wasn't a huge fan of this one, which I thought still had too much crunch in it and an under-developed flavour. However, Julie doesn't like sauerkraut but actually enjoyed it in this! The beef was tender and overall it was a good sandwich, but not quite great. We couldn't really pinpoint what was missing, but we knew it was missing something that would really make it pop. Perhaps more flavour in the beef? More of the Russian dressing?
I can't imagine ever tackling this sandwich on my own, it was huge!

 Roast pumpkin, soft cheese, witlof, orange, prosciutto, baby cos, vincotto salad $17

Let's play a little game of spot the difference... can you spot what's missing in the first photo compared to the second?

When this dish was first brought out and once Julie and I had stopped admiring how delicious it looked, she asked me if I could spot any roast pumpkin. Luckily, our waiter realised the mistake before we even called him over and it was brought back to the kitchen and topped with the missing element! I think this was my favourite dish of all the ones we ordered. It was light, fresh and absolutely delicious. The prosciutto was so tender, and a forkful containing each of the different elements was just perfect. We had to call the waiter over after we spent a while deliberating over what cheese was used. Again, it was the Brillat savarin but it tasted completely different in this dish. I was saying how the dish would have worked even without the pumpkin, but Julie thought without the pumpkin, the dish would be more suitable as a side and I definitely agree.

Oh what a meal! The quality of the food was excellent and we really enjoyed every single dish. The food took 45 minutes to arrive at the table which we thought was a little exorbitant, but at least it was worth the wait. Also, for what you get, the prices are fantastic - we split the bill and each paid under $25! I am definitely coming back to try out more of the menu.  

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Market St

Lately, I've barely been eating out. Uni and work have been taking over my life so I was in desperate need of some R&R, giving the bestie and I the perfect reason (not like we'd need one to see each other, anyway) to catch up for brunch and some much needed girl time! Scrolling through instagram a while back, I'd noticed Market St on fellow foodies' pages and made a note to visit as soon as I could.

Finding it was easy, located on Market St just off Gouger St. It was bright, airy and open, my favourite kind of environment to be in!

Look at that giant creme brulee tart!

 SOS Juice $7
Orange, beetroot, pineapple, carrot, lemon, ginger, mint

Salute to the Sun Juice $7
Apple, spinach, cucumber, mint

Market St Steak Sandwich $16.90
Marinated eye fillet, bacon, caramelised onion, rocket, kipfler frites, tomato jam

Ohhh my goodness. This was amazing! We first tried the chips which were fried to absolute perfection. The sandwich itself was delicious, an explosion of flavours with each bite. Would definitely recommend this for someone looking for a filling lunch!

 Zucchini feta fritters $16.90
with carrot and ginger chutney

I loved the presentation of the leaves on the side which were dressed with a delicious fresh and citrusy vinaigrette. The fritters themselves were an absolute delight - creamy yet still light, with the only improvement I'd suggest is slightly crispier edges. In saying that however, the root vegetable chips on top added that extra little bit of crunch. The feta was not too salty, which we also liked. There wasn't anything too memorable about the chutney, but overall this is a dish I would order again!

Market St gave a great first impression and with such fantastic food, service and atmosphere, I will most definitely be back again. The baked goods also look amazing, and we've promised ourselves to come back for the delicious looking almond croissants!

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Monday, 6 April 2015

Jamie's Italian

A catch up with the girls after I got back from my overseas trip was the perfect excuse to try out a place which I have been wanting to try since it opened, Jamie's Italian! I've heard mixed reviews, with people seeming to either love Jamie's or think it's overhyped and serves average food. 
Right off the bat, service was fabulous. We were warmly welcomed and spotted a few of my other friends who were dining there, and the staff were able to arrange for us to all sit together on a larger table without causing too much of a fuss.

We opted for just a few starters to nibble on and each ordered a main, which we ended up sharing anyway.

Homemade lemonade & lime bitters $5

Refresher $6.50
Fresh lemon, elderflower cordial & cranberry juice, topped with lemonade

Zucchini fritter $7.50
with lemon mayo & spiced pickles

These came out piping hot and were absolutely delicious! Crunchy from the batter but nice and soft on the inside. Perfect with the lemon mayo, I'd happily have the entire portion to myself.

Polenta chips $8.50
Crispy fried with rosemary salt & Parmesan

Now the girls and I love ourselves some polenta chips, so I we were definitely ordering them as soon as we spotted them on the menu. Unfortunately, I thought they were rather disappointing. I was hoping they'd be nice and crispy on the outside but they were just chewy, and not in a good way. Also, they weren't even warm!

Black angel spaghetti $25
Squid-ink pasta, scallops, chilli, anchovies, wine & capers

 Lamb & ricotta tortellini $26
Delicate parcels stuffed with braised aussie lamb, creamy ricotta, lemon, mint & crunchy, herby breadcrumbs

Tagliatelle bolognese $19.50
Ragu of beef, pork, herbs, Chianti & Parmesan with crunchy, herby breadcrumbs

Buffalo ricotta ravioli $24.50
Delicate parcels stuffed with creamy ricotta, lemon & mint

With all the pastas,  we all agreed the serving sizes did not justify the price. I wouldn't say the dishes here are expensive, but they're definitely above average price. In saying that however, the flavours were fantastic and everything was cooked perfectly. I ordered the buffalo ricotta ravioli and I really enjoyed the simplicity of it.

Onto our favourite part of the meal - the desserts!

Seasonal orange & almond tart $9
Orange and almond frangipane tart with creme fraiche ice cream & crisp orange chips

Not my favourite of all the desserts, but it was still delicious. I was worried it would be dry when it first arrived at our table but it wasn't at all. I really liked the subtle orange flavours and the presentation was great!

Epic Brownie $10
Warm fudgy brownie with amaretto ice cream & caramelised amaretti popcorn

Exactly what I expected and wanted it to me. Deliciously rich and chocolatey, thank goodness we were sharing all the desserts because I wouldn't have been able to finish this by myself!

Creamy panna cotta $8.50
Lovely wobbly panna cotta served with a compote of seasonal fruits

I'd definitely recommend ordering if you love panna cotta as much as some of the girls do. Very creamy yet still light, it was delicious with the compote!

 Lemon Meringue Pie $11
With limoncello & crunchy pistachio brittle

Anyone who knows my preferences in food will tell you that I'm an absolute sucker for citrus flavours. The lemon filling was tangy, tart and not overly sweet - right up my alley! There were a bit too much meringue for my liking but no worries at all, any excess meringue was just knocked to the side of the dish.

Tiramisu $11
Coffee-flavoured trifle with orange mascarpone & chocolate

Possibly one of the most unattractive dishes I've seen in quite some time, but looks are deceving. This was my favourite of them all and would happily polish off an entire serving by myself, even after a serve of pasta! The coffee flavour was not too strong and was perfect with the orange mascarpone. Overall it was a light and fluffy, making it very easy to eat. SO good!

I wasn't expecting to be blown away by Jamie's but it definitely left a great first impression. The service was fantastic and we had a great waitress who clearly knew what she was talking about when it came to the menu. Although the pastas weren't as great as I was hoping they'd be, the desserts definitely made up for it! I do plan on visiting again; writing this post up has made me hungry and given me a bit of a craving for pasta!

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Sean's Kitchen [4]

Oh yes, I'm back again. Fifth time visiting and I left feeling satisfied as usual! This visit was with two other girls who were visiting Sean's for the first time and they were very excited after hearing me rave all about it.

Note: I'm a few months late posting about this visit so the menu has changed!

We chose to sit outside that day as the weather was just gorgeous!

Duck fat chips $10

Mac & Cheese $8

Aaah, this never disappoints. Compared to the first time I ordered it, the top is less golden and it was overflowing, but it still tasted delicious!
(I just had a quick check of the menu and this has actually gone up to $10 per serve!) 

Waldorf 'Moderne' - à la Sean $22
poached corn fed chicken, apple, celery, smoked almonds

Light and refreshing, this was just a delightful salad. A bit too much onion for my personal liking, though.

Soft shell crab sandwich $16
Green goddess dressing

The soft shell crab itself was a little soggy but that's all I could fault. Loved the green goddess dressing!

I can't remember the name of this dish in particular but it has been taken of the menu! I think it was roast spatchcock served with roasted tomato and garlic. Lovely, rich flavours but not quite worth the price we paid for it, which was around $26-28.

The happened to have some fresh baked muffins again that day and we picked up the peanut butter & choc chip and apple & rhubarb crumble muffins to take away. The former was dry and almost impossible to eat, whereas the latter was delicious - light, fluffy and moist with a delicious crumble topping!

Sean's was absolutely jam packed again for lunch yet that still didn't deter them from providing fantastic service and food as per usual. I feel like I say this each time I visit, but my next visit must be a dinner session, just to see how the atmosphere changes, as well as sample a few of the cocktails!

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