Joy of India Menu Launch

I was recently invited to a menu launch at an Indian restaurant called Joy of India and boy was it joyful; the food, the company and the great service just made my night!

Before I get onto the food, I have to share something funny. My cultural background is Sri Lankan but people mostly assume I’m Indian and a lot of people think India and Sri Lanka have the same food (like the assumption made by Roxy on last weeks episode of First Dates!!!) but actually they are two different countries with different types of cuisines.
Anyway, now to the food…a group of us ordered a range of vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes to share along with garlic and cheese naan and steamed rice. I have to say ordering different dishes and sharing is the way to go at an Indian restaurant. For our entrée we shared a tasting platter of non-vegetarian delights, including tandoori chicken and fish and lamb koftas. The chicken and fish were so tender, they just melt in your mouth.  This was my favourite dish of the night by far. I have to say all the dishes were tasty as well as the drink of choice; Mango Lassi (a must have at any Indian restaurant).
If your unsure of what to order at an Indian restaurant, here is the list of dishes we ordered:
Garlic and cheese naan
Steamed rice
Mixed non veg platter
Butter chicken
Prawn jalfrezi
Dhal maharani
Vegetable korma
Palak paneer
Aloo gobhi muttar
Cucumber raita
So if you’re not salivating already here are some photos…..

 Joy of India

 

Carmine and Co. : Italian Food Made With Love

Have I got some exciting news for you! I have found my new fave Italian restaurant….

Carmine and Co.

I was recently invited to a media dinner to try their offerings, but not only were we treated to amazing Italian food, we were also spoiled with beautiful hospitality from the Carmine and Co. family including Nona, who actually plays a major role in the kitchen….you know it’s going to be good if Nona is in the kitchen!

So Carmine and Co. is located in Port Adelaide, on commercial rd, just before the light house. It is a beautiful space that has been designed to bring a little piece of old Italian heritage to Adelaide. The Carmine and Co. family have been in the business for over 30 years, so they definitely know what they are doing.

Carmine and Co. is the place to go if you’re just plain hungry! Go with a group and get some platters to share (as you’ll see below). There’s so much food and lots of tasty options. I loved everything I ate especially the eggplant parmigiana, makes my mouth water just thinking about it. All the savoury dishes were great, so my expectations were raised re. dessert. On the menu for us to try was the tiramisu and zeppole. Oh my I was not disappointed at all, I have to say the zeppole is the reason why I will be going back to Carmine and Co….the mix of the soft doughnut with the lemon butter sauce and homemade creamy vanilla ice cream…yum yum yum….you should have seen my face after eating this.

Enough out of me, the pictures speak for themselves…

 Carmine and Co.

Republic: Spring Menu Launch

Republic recently launched their new spring menu and I was invited along to have a taste of the new offerings.

The menu has an interesting range of dishes, from beetroot carpaccio to squid ink spaghetti, there’s something to suit all taste-buds. To my surprise is really enjoyed the beetroot carpaccio, it was like really thin pickled beetroot, it had a slight tang, but was also a little sweet and crunchy, its a great starter. Other dishes I enjoyed included the scallop and house bacon with sweet corn puree and dessert of course…Dark Chocolate Mi-Ciut….what is this you ask? It is the fancy name for flourless chocolate cake, which came with strawberry compote, vanilla bean ice-cream and hazelnut toffee….yum!

Here are some photos from the evening….If only you could taste it through the computer! The next best thing though, would be to go to Republic and try them for yourself! Enjoy

Republic

A Vietnamese feast at Mai Kitchen

Don’t you hate it when you get that feeling when you just want some tasty, hearty food but can’t be bothered cooking and then you just end up eating something that’s really not good for you…lets not name names!…..It happens to me all the time. But guess what! It doesn’t need to happen anymore because I want to share with you a delicious new Vietnamese restaurant that has opened its doors in Adelaide….Mai Kitchen.

Mai Kitchen and Lee from Adelaide Food Central invited a group of us bloggers to have a taste of their delicious offerings and delicious it was! We ordered a range of entrees, mains, desserts and drinks. I had Hanoi spring rolls, sizzling chilli chicken, fried rice, banana fritters and a refreshing coconut juice. I have to say I loved it all, everything just tasted so authentic and they weren’t stingy on the serving size either, in fact they were actually too big, which meant we got to take doggy bags home! Something that also needs to be mentioned is that they have a dedicated vegan menu, I love when menu’s are all-inclusive.

My favourite dish of the evening was the Hanoi spring rolls (see below). The different textures and flavours of this dish were just heaven…crunchy coat, mince filling, wrapped in crisp lettuce, and showered in the famous Vietnamese dressing…yum! I’ve been craving it ever since!

Not only was the food delicious but the service was great as well, everyone had a smile on their face which I really appreciated, and the owner mentioned to me that “the customer is his boss”…isn’t that just lovely!

Mai Kitchen

The Mile End: a stylish pub night out

My family and I enjoy going out for a pub meal once in while, but I have to say it’s not a very stylish affair. For me, going out for a pub meal means getting into my comfy clothes and preparing myself for a giant schnitzel and many visits to the salad bar. When I received an invite to The Mile End for the launch of their new look, I was expecting the typical pub experience, nothing too fancy.

To my surprise as I entered The Mile End, I had a feeling I was in for something a little different, and boy was I impressed!

The Mile End has been around for 175 years…that’s a lot of years right! They recently had a make-over to bring out the natural beauty of the space. They have done an amazing job in making the space inviting and cozy…It has the feel of a mountain lodge….not that I’ve ever been to a mountain lodge but I can imagine! Anyway you will see what I mean through the photos below!

So the food is what impressed me the most, yummy food that looks fancy…..I couldn’t ask for anything more. You will see below some of the dishes we were treated to, including roast beetroot, pear and haloumi sliders, warm chicken, pancette and pear salad, crab linguini and chocolate urge. I actually can’t pick a favourite, they were all delicious in their own way. I would recommend trying them all out….why not!?

The Mile End

OLEA: Adelaide’s hot new modern Greek restaurant

“Olea seeks to redefine modern Greek cuisine by taking the best of Greece’s culinary traditions and bringing them into the present day using an intricate understanding of the modern palette.

Specialty ingredients imported from Greece are used alongside South Australia’s best produce to craft a menu that invokes flavours from around the world layered over the top of a Mediterranean foundation.”

I was recently invited to the official launch of Olea, a modern Greek restaurant tucked away within Adelaide’s new hotspot Electra House located on King William Street. It was my first time at Olea so I wasn’t sure what to expect, on arrival I was blown away by the restaurants beauty and warmth. It was a cold, rainy day so being welcomed into a warm, inviting space was much appreciated. I’ve never been to Greece but I’m thinking the colour scheme and decor mirror what the restaurants in Greece are like.

We were treated to an array of dishes, from local kalamata olives to slow braised lamb. My favourite dishes from the night were the Greek dips with pita and traditional koulouri bread. This dish was not only yummy, but it’s a great dish to share before moving onto the main meal. My next favourite was the Spencer Gulf king prawns dressed with baby capers, lemon and oregano. If I was home sitting on the couch with a bowl of these prawns, I would have gone in with the fingers but because I was at the restaurant I had to restrain myself to using cutlery…they were finger licking worthy!The next favourite, which I think was a favourite amongst most of the guests was the slow braised lamb which they served alongside roast potatoes and grilled cabbage. The lamb was so tender, flavoursome and went perfectly with the potatoes and cabbage. I can just imagine this kind of meal being a regular in family homes in Greece. My most favourite dish of the night was the rice stuffed tomato served on kefalotyri cheese foam, flavoured with mint and dill. The textures of this dish made it, with the al dente rice, soft tomato shell and cheesy sauce….I’m salivating just thinking about it….it was so yummy!

Below you will see photos of these dishes…I hope they get you salivating as well.

Let me know if you get a chance to go and tell me what your favourite dishes were, I’d love to hear from you!

Myself and Kelly Noble (Glam Adelaide)

 OLEA

The Curious Squire: New Menu Lauch

The Curious Squire in North Adelaide recently launched their new menu and I had the chance to sample some of the new delicious offerings. First of all, for those of you who haven’t heard of The Curious Squire, it is a cool restaurant and bar serving rich, hearty soul food from Texan routes. This was my first time at The Curious Squire because I did try to go another time with some friends but they were completely packed…which told me that the food must be special. Anyway I was so excited to finally try the food!

Below you will see the many dishes that we had the pleasure of sampling. First of, you will see the fried green tomatoes, which is the best invention ever. I have to admit, I am totally into eating anything fried, so this was perfect because it was a vegetable, which makes it healthy…right? Further along you’ll see chicken and waffles, yes you heard me right…chicken and waffles! And not just chicken and waffles but chicken, waffles AND maple bacon…sorry for saying chicken and waffles a million times. Anyway, with the addition of pickles on this dish…it kind of tasted like a deconstructed chicken burger…which I loved! So all the savoury dishes I tasted, I have to say, were delicious…then came our sweet little dessert…S’mores. I have to say it was my first time eating s’mores, I felt like I was in an American movie. They were so yummy, with nutella and marshmellow oozing out the side….it was such a treat, and the perfect ending to a delicious hearty meal.

Can’t wait to visit The Curious Squire to eat all of these yummy dishes again!

Fried Green Tomatoes – corn crusted, ranch, squire sauce, chives

Sweet Potato Fries

Pulled Pork Quesadillas – pork, cheese, queso, jalapenos, sour cream, lettuce, salsa

Cajun Blackened Kingfish – baby greens, corn salsa, remoulade, tabasco

Chicken & Waffles – crispy fried chicken, buttermilk waffles, bacon, maple syrup, pickles, hot sauce, butter

 S’mores

The Curious Squire 

Hahndorf: Adelaide’s own German Village

Today I spent the day in Hahndorf, about a 30 minute drive from the Adelaide CBD. I enjoyed picking and eating strawberries, drinking hot chocolate and taking in the sights and sounds of this sweet little town.

I’ve been to Hahndorf before but only when I was a lot younger, I didn’t realise how nice it actually is. There are so many little shops selling handmade crafts and food products, the Beerenberg strawberry farm and a wide range of restaurants and cafes. The highlight for me was having hot chocolate at Salon du The or more easily known as The Tearoom. This cute little cafe only opened on Thursday and is soon becoming a favourite tea spot for locals and visitors.

Here are a few photos from my day in sunny Hahndorf…..

Sushi Planet Official Opening

Sushi is a type of food that you either love or hate, but I think most people in this day and age love it. It’s usually easy to eat, tasty, fresh, and there are so many flavour combinations to choose from, so how can you not love it?!

Well Adelaide’s newest sushi restaurant; Sushi Planet, makes sushi even better by giving you the option of enjoying freshly made sushi in a beautiful restaurant or having it delivered to your door step if you can’t be bothered going out, how good is that!

Sushi Planet officially opened in style a couple of weeks ago and I was so excited to attend and have a taste of their delicious offerings. As you will see below, not only is the sushi fresh and tasty but it is also beautifully presented, I did alot of eating with my eyes that night! You will also see below one of their many pretty cocktails on offer…..sushi and cocktails…..some people would call that heaven! Along with the sushi, you can also choose to have delicious chicken skewers with a thick, sticky, yummy sauce (as seen below) these were actually my favourite, they were so flavoursome.

I had a great time catching up with friends over sushi at the opening party and I look forward to going back and tasting all the different options on the menu. Although if I feel lazy I might just have to order and have it delivered, just so I can have one of those cute little sushi cars turn up at my house, you should too!

 Sushi Planet