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The Meat and Wine Co., Circular Quay

First, very important things. I did not pay for this meal. My amazing friend won a dinner for 10 here. This doesn’t really change or affect my review in any way as far as what I say goes, since it was delicious. On the other hand, if I’d paid I would probably be more discerning about bang for my buck. No bucks? No need for bang!

The Meat and Wine Co beef carpaccio

The Meat and Wine Co beef carpaccio

This was the entree I ordered (from a set menu). It was lovely. The horseradish and the beef went well together. It was sliced so thinly and was melt in the mouth soft.

The Meat and Wine Co pork belly

The Meat and Wine Co pork belly

This is the pork belly dish. I was lucky enough to try some, and I loved it! Pork belly is great, and this was no exception. It was a little overly charred in some places but the caramelisation was amazing.

The Meat and Wine Co wagyu steak

The Meat and Wine Co wagyu steak

Our waitress recommended having the steak cooked medium rather than medium rare. I found it a little overdone, even taking into account that it was medium. Some parts were definitely overcooked. The chips were nice.

The Meat and Wine Co chocolate pistachio fondant

The Meat and Wine Co chocolate pistachio fondant

This fondant was the standout dish for the evening in the end. It didn’t seem overly exciting, and I was the only person to order it. But everyone wanted a piece (we ended up ordering another!) because the gooey chocolate inside boasted a deliciously decadent dark chocolate flavour that we couldn’t seem to get enough of! Highly recommended.

Now, I’m not sure what the price would be normally. It was great food though!

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Caysorn

Milk tea, Chrysanthemum tea

Milk tea, Chrysanthemum tea

After reading UTSFoodguide’s farewell posts, I decided to visit a few of the top destinations listed. To begin, I ordered a milk tea set (comes with awesome pandan custard and bread at the end for an extra $2 – worth it!), while my food buddy went for chrysanthemum tea. The milk tea was deliciously sweet. I was hoping it’d line my stomach for what was to come.

Kao klook kapi and massaman curry

Kao klook kapi and massaman curry

We started off with a yummy rice salad featuring pork belly, and massaman curry. It was a great mix of flavours. The massaman was beautifully rich and satisfying with tender beef. We ate most of it but left some for when we finished our next dish…

Kanoom Jeen - Gang gai

Kanoom Jeen – Gang gai

Gang gai, our spicy pick, a red with chicken. I also put a plate of crunchy veggies together to take the heat off. We ordered it not too spicy, as I am not hugely into spice but enjoy a little heat. It was the sort of heat that starts of slow and builds the entire time you’re eating. When I finished, I ate some more massaman and felt really satisfied!

Toast and pandan custard

Toast and pandan custard

We finished our meal with toast and pandan custard. It was a great way to end, although I could have eaten more pandan custard!

Caysorn is great. It’s a classy looking establishment serving quality food with some really exciting options that I’d like to go back and try. Try it out.

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Steven Ter Horst

Steven Ter Horst

Steven Ter Horst

When only the best will do, it’s worth looking into a dessert café which specialises in chocolate. Located on Unley Road, Malvern, is a small chocolatier specialising in making Belgian chocolates*. Steven Ter Horst also have a small stock of decadent cakes and goodies which are well worth a taste. Their prices are reasonable, however the serve usually only includes the cake, so no accompaniments. The cake pictured above was one of two desserts shared between two. Due to the richness of this dessert, it is best shared.

Steven Ter Horst

Steven Ter Horst

This was my choice, a slightly less exciting dessert. It had a crunchy base which I can only describe as chocolate crackle. The mousse part was extremely delicate, light and fluffy. It lacked a richness of flavour which distinguished it in any way. Sadly at the later hour, there were few desserts available to choose from.

I would like to return at a time when more desserts are available, as I’ve heard that their salted caramel tarts are divine, and I have a weakness for that flavour! I also want to try the Lemon Lust, lemon being another favourite flavour. Their drinks were also nice, though I’d recommend going for something other than a hot or iced chocolate if you are also having a chocolate dessert. Definitely worth a visit – just make sure you don’t settle.

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*Just as an aside – does anyone else feel a little amazed when people talk about Belgium chocolate? It’s Belgian chocolate, from Belgium. Belgium is the place.

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Chocolatree – North Adelaide

I love dessert. I love chocolate. I remember one Nestle block which had two layers, a dark and a milk, it had red packaging and it was so good. The height of chocolate milkshakes  – Nesquik. Now my taste buds are mature. I go to Haighs, Bracegirdle’s and the Chocolate Bean. I’m always on the lookout for a new chocolate dessert destination.

Chocolatree is a dessert café which serves chocolate in drink and dessert form. It’s a little more expensive than some, desserts are typically $10-15. I had an Iced Salted Caramel drink and cake with anglaise, melted chocolate, strawberries and strawberry coulis.

Chocolatree

Chocolatree

The drink was really nice. Look at my fabulous dessert! A strange choice when considering that I ordered the Chocolate Delice, supposedly a piece of cake with other elements. The chocolate curls and melted chocolate were delicious. The strawberry pieces and strawberry coulis were fantastic, providing refreshing bursts of sweet flavour. The anglaise was quite thin but pleasant flavoured. The downside was the cake, which I assumed was the main part of the dessert! There were around 5 or 6 small pieces of soggy cake floating around in this dessert. Next time I’ll get a dessert which is a little less liquid, because the cakes I saw in the counter looked nice.

Muffin!

Muffin!

Muffin and icecream – didn’t try it but it looked nice.

Milk and Dark hot chocolate

Milk and Dark hot chocolate

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I noticed many tables leaving food behind. I’m not sure if this was due to overindulgence or because people are wasteful but I think it’s a shame. Eating what is on my plate is important to me. On the other hand, people judge restaurants by the size of their meals, even if the portions then tend to be twice as much as they need. Is food left on the plate a good or bad sign?

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The Best Tarts are Swedish

Swedish Tarts Patisserie - Scab Cake

Swedish Tarts Patisserie – Scab Cake

Swedish Tarts Patisserie, on Semaphore Road, Semaphore, is my favourite café. Reasonable prices for unique food. They have a Swedish theme, with Elder-flower soda, and lots of smoked salmon and marzipan in their dishes (not at the same time!). I’m a fan of the Elder-flower soda. The picture at the top of this post is the Scab Cake. An ugly name for a delicious cake, with marzipan flavoured patisserie and chewy hazelnut based cake rounds alternately layered. Served with a dollop of heavy cream, it is perfection.

Aside from the wonderful cakes, all of which I would recommend, they have a yummy selection of flat breads. These flatbreads are baked in-house and filled with different combinations of ingredients. My favourite is the smoked salmon, capers, dill, cream cheese combination. Coming in second would be the parmesan, bacon, sun-dried tomato and rocket. I visit quite often.

Recently Swedish Tarts Bakery has opened, on Findon Road opposite the Fire Station.

Chicken, Lentil pies

Chicken, Lentil pies

This is a picture of the chicken and lentil pies served at the bakery. They also have magnificent cakes, and obviously closer to those who live south. They are definitely worth a visit.

All in all, a great way to enjoy a Saturday morning, with fresh food served in an interesting way. Highly recommended.
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Eggless Delights

Eggless Tasting Platter

Eggless Tasting Platter

Eggless Dessert Cafe is this fantastic, popular, sugary sweet cafe catering to those of us with delicate constitutions. You know, the gluten-free, vegan, polarising souls in society. Poor dudes. Their menu indicates helpful options/items with soy substitutions, gluten-free and vegan options. Maybe eggless options as well?

They open at 8pm from Wednesday to Sunday. It’s common to have a line up before 8, even on a Wednesday. Usually if you get there 10 or 15 minutes early, however, you’ve got a good chance of getting a seat.

Every month, Eggless puts out a tasting platter of four of their dishes for the month.

You see, every month, Eggless has different dishes. They rotate through a few and others are new.

Eggless is a dessert café, one of the first of the new wave, as I like to think of it. There is a decidedly Asian influence to their desserts – such as, the Pandanmisu situated third in this picture. Like a Tiramisu, but with pandan! They also do yummy doughnut balls with different flavours, like rosehip. Different and still tasty.

I’d recommend going there – the prices are fair, but servings are not large. It all balances out. Happy eating!
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Bibimbap, baby

Bibimbap at Mandoo

Bibimbap at Mandoo

Korean food is yummy. Mandoo proves this by having yummy food that is Korean. Failproof logic. You’ll find Mandoo on Bank St, Adelaide. They are more famous for their dumplings but I am enarmoured of their Bibimbap. Fresh taste, pickled veggies, and so much fun! I love dishes that require a little putting together (wrap your own cold rolls being another!) and Bibimbap is a perfect example. Serve yourself a bit of this, a bit of that, some chilli sauce and mix it all together.

Dumplings at Mandoo

Dumplings at Mandoo

I can’t simply forget to mention the dumplings, of course. Accompanied by some greens and potato, they were flavoursome and wholesome. I missed my dirty fried chicken and prawn dumplings from Dumpling King, frankly. These made me feel guilty. I’d recommend them. I don’t think they trump Shanghai dumplings, however I’ve only tried them from here and haven’t had any other Korean dumplings before. I’ll have to try some other places. I’ll also let you in on something else – when I first had Pho, I wasn’t impressed. The flavour was outside of my comfort zone. It took me a few tries. Dumpling King took me a few tries, as well. I never feel quite comfortable saying I don’t like something, because chances are I will – someday. Just let my taste buds catch up!

Anyway, they are popular on Urbanspoon!

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Fork faces uncertainty

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Food trucks are new and definitely decisive among the local community. While patrons love the opportunity to try new foods and there is definitely hype surrounding them, small businesses in physical premises are worried that they are losing business. Like this. The council has some stringent measures already in place for food trucks, only giving out a certain number of permits, having food trucks move locations after a certain amount of time, and not being able to visit the same place each day. Food trucks advertise their whereabouts over Facebook.

Fork on the Road is an event which attracts thousands of visitors, and as one of them, I can say that Fork is the reason I travel into the city. No permanent business in the city is missing out on my patronage at that time, because I would not be there otherwise.

I’m hoping that the Adelaide City Council will continue to let Food Trucks and Fork on the Road operate, as it is so important to have diversity.

Small businesses will hopefully keep their own patronage and it is easy to see why they are worried. They do have higher overhead costs (such as rent) and presumably rely on repeat customers. That said, there are some permanent businesses that I will never return to because I don’t like the food, or the quality/taste of the food that they serve. Permanent businesses should keep trying to be competitive – here I’m not talking about price, because I don’t think Food Trucks are particularly cheap. I’m talking about new, exciting and DIFFERENT flavours. I’ve loved Viet rolls for years. I love Pho. I like eating Bibimbap. Show me where the dumplings are and I’m all over it.

Offer me some lacklustre sandwich with wilted “fancy” greens or a heavy, dense rolls and dry chicken, and I’ll take my business elsewhere.

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Forking good time

Fork on the Road is a fantastic venture run by Splash Adelaide. Find out more about it through this link: Splash Adelaide’s Fork on the Road. Like it on Facebook. Go to their events. It is fantastic, and you’ll be supporting small businesses in Adelaide.

I have been to two events so far, and sampled many wares. I’ve included photos from both events in this post and sadly do not have photos of every single thing I ate. Somehow.

Salted Lime and Chocolate brownies from Four Seeds

Salted Lime and Chocolate brownies from Four Seeds

These are fantastic, rich brownies from Four Seeds. The Salted Lime was nice and salty but I couldn’t taste the lime. They are decadent and definitely moreish. Just how brownies should be.

From Archie the Pastizzi bus!

From Archie the Pastizzi bus!

This is a Pastizzi, a Maltese flaky pastry which cane come with a multitude of flavour combinations. This was a mushy pea and lamb from memory. Find Archie the Pastizzi bus on Facebook. Crispy on the outside, warm, tender flavourful fillings on the inside.
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This did contain Burger Theory's #2

This did contain Burger Theory’s #2

Burger Theory has a cult following in Adelaide. I ate it before I even took a photo. It is magical, a meaty, medium cooked patty with the #2, which is crispy pancetta, onion confit and blue cheese dressing. A fantastic, dark and smoky flavour combination set off perfectly by the sweet, soft bun sourced from Bread Top. Any time you see these guys, there is always a big line up! I’ve tried the #1 as well, but the flavours did not do as much for me.
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Pink Lemonade and Peach Soda

Pink Lemonade and Peach Soda

Pink Lemonade and Peach Soda from one of the stalls… can’t rememeber the name, but highly recommended! Nice fizz, could have done with a little bit more syrup but I love sugar so that could just be my preference!

Pastrami on Rye and Pulled Pork Bun from Sneaky Pickle

Pastrami on Rye and Pulled Pork Bun from Sneaky Pickle

Sneaky Pickle… another well known food truck, and for good reason! Sneaky Pickle make great sandwiches and burgers with flavour AND heat. I’ve seen Jay Weatherill eat them, they must be good!
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Last but not least…

Me holding a Chimi Chorizo from Chimichurri grill

Me holding a Chimi Chorizo from Chimichurri grill

This is me with a Chimi Chorizo from Chimichurri Grill. I love Chorizo, and I enjoyed this. It’s a longer bun with a chorizo chopped in half along with some other nice toppings. The chimi sauce has some nice spice to it. Highly recommended.
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Out of everything, my favourite is probably the #2 from Burger Theory, simply because the dark, smoky flavours really appeal to me. However it’s hard to be disappointed with anything I’ve tried so far!

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Adelaide Foodie Scene

There is a range of fantastic food to be found in Adelaide. I want to share some of the fantastic and cheap choices that we have – no need to travel interstate to find good food!

Now and then, I will post about food from other states and territories in Australia, and even some locations around the world – like the Pho Ga below, which is from my trip to Vietnam in 2010.

Delicious pho ga and soy bean milk from Vietnam

Delicious pho ga and soy bean milk in Vietnam

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