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

Asia Fest 2015

For those of you who missed out on Asia Fest last year (myself included), I am so excited to share with you that Asia Fest is coming back to Adelaide this October!

Asia Fest 2015 will spread over 10 days and promises to take guests on a journey to Asia, for those of you who have never been to Asia, you’re in for a treat and for those of you who have been but want  to go back, here’s your chance. From the 2nd to the 11th of October, Rymill Park will be transformed into 5 different countries; Korea, Japan, China, Vietnam and Thailand.

Last week, Asia Fest organisers gave media a taste of whats to come, from the food, music and cultural performances, there will be something for everyone. Over the 10 days we will be able to experience Asia in Adelaide including back street markets, garden cinemas, floating markets, a karaoke container and much much more.

I can’t wait till October 2nd, and I’m sure you can’t wait either…to enter you must purchase your passport and you have a choice between going economy, business or first class…If I was you I would definitely go first class as it comes with perks!

 Asia Fest

 

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

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

The Loft wine and oyster Bar: Dinner Menu Launch

The Loft oyster and wine bar has launched their very first dinner menu, and I was lucky enough to be one of the first to try the new menu. Each dish was served with the matching cocktail and Mosquito Hill wine.

The dinner started of with a mixed plate, including a whole prawn, a baby squid and pork belly. This was my favourite dish of the night, it was so tasty! This dish was served with an  East 8 Hold Up Cocktail, Sherry Cobler and Mosquito Hill Pino Blanc. I really enjoyed the East 8 Hold Up Cocktail, I’m not a big drinker at all, but I found this cocktail very refreshing and not too strong.

Next we were served poached chicken with ginger broth and wild rice, along with the 20th Century Cocktail and Mosquito Hill Sauvignon Blanc. The chicken was so tender and flavoursome, it just melt in my mouth. The 20th Century Cocktail was also to my taste, it was nice and sweet.

We were then served duck breast with beetroot, brussel sprouts and calve nero. This dish was accompanied by the White Rabbit Cocktail and Mosquito Hill Pinot Noir. I’m not a big fan of eating duck but I did try it, it was really tender, and tasty, the serving size was quite filling and the vegetables went along with it really well.

The next dish was beef sirloin with mushrooms and chorizo. I don’t eat beef, so I offered my piece to another guest, who enjoyed it very much. I did eat the mushrooms and chorizo, which were really delicious. This dish was served with a Garfield and Thomas Cabernet Merlot. I’m not really sure how to comment on the wines because I’m not a wine drinker at all, allthough I did take a sip of each wine offered. From what I was hearing from other guests, each wine went really well with each dish

Finally we were served dessert; Filipino banana and cinnamon sugar pastry with chocolate sauce. The flavours in the dish were delicious, although the banana had the texture of plantain (green banana), which feels quite dry when eating it, so I would have preferred if the banana was moist. Along with dessert we were entertained with a DIY cocktail palette. We were given a glass of vodka and tonic water with a board of different flavoured purees, which we could mix and play around with to suit our own taste. The idea was so cool!

I had an amazing evening, The Loft truly knows how to entertain their guests. I seriously suggest checking out The Loft on your next dinner out, you won’t be dissapointed!

 Thankyou to The Loft and Be young PR for a lovely evening.

http://www.loftbar.com.au/