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Pasta Deli – Italian Concept Store

6 Mar
Pasta Deli Interiors

Pasta Deli Interiors

Glossy surfaces, bright lights – enter through the gleaming glass doors into Italian deli Mecca. Just 2 weeks into service, ‘Pasta Deli’ stands tall and proud where the old Glynde fire station once was, demanding the attention of all.

Is it a cafe? A pasta shop? An Italian gourmet supplier? Well, it’s everything you want it to be; call it – an Italian SUPERSTORE. Pasta Deli is a gelateria, cheese shop, deli, gourmet store, pasticceria and coffee bar all housed under one roof. Neat! Now, you can pick up dinner whilst enjoying a cuppa, silence the kids with gelati and browse for gourmet gifts all in one enjoyable sweep of the store.

Food Display

Food Display

My dad and I sauntered in for a late afternoon drink and were immediately impressed with the sheer size of the facility. The venue has a large production kitchen which churns out ready-to-go meals (mostly pasta dishes) which can be stored in the freezer for a rainy day, eaten on site or bought as takeaway. Fresh pasta is on offer for purchase (it IS called Pasta Deli..) and a bounty of salads and antipasto sit deliciously on display. The counters heave with imported Italian cheeses whilst cured, cold meats abound. Gourmet condiments and tidbits temp patrons from every corner. So much to eat, so little time.. (and belly space). Service is friendly and helpful, with many offering tastings (score!). However, one does get the sense that the staff are pretty new and there are still a few kinks to work out. Hopefully, efficiency can be polished and the smiley service maintained when business picks up and busy-ness sets in.

Bounty of Cured Cold Meats

Bounty of Cured Cold Meats

We were pleased with our coffee (Segafredo beans the staple here) and at $3 for a regular cappuccino, I’ll say many would be happy to make this their regular coffee stop. I also had a nibble on a petite cannoli – light, crisp pastry though the filling was a little dense. This, with the coffee however, made for a fairly gratifying afternoon pick-me-up.

So if you’re in the area, I’ll definitely recommend checking ‘Pasta Deli’ out.  Pop in, take a breather and grab a bite (or two). Mangia bene, vivi felice! [go on, google it*]

xo Amanda

Cheesy Business

Cheesy Business

Pasta Deli
31-33 Glynburn Rd
Glynde South Australia 5070


Kefi – A Greek Wonderthing

6 Aug

I might anger a few. I might even cause a minor riot. But one simply struggles to sleep at night without  hooting the horn on the sensation that is Kefi. No doubt Kefi’s loyal following would be a tad miffed that with more people in the know, snagging a table at the already “packed-to-the-brim-busting-at-the-seams” mecca of deliciousness would be that much harder.

Oh, turmoil.

Truly, the tables in this buzzing eatery are so close together that one can literally reach over and swipe at a neighbor’s juicy saganaki (and indeed, I want to). The back of our chairs were constantly bumped by waiters bearing towering platters, and there were plenty of laughter and happy chatter in the air – a hub of jolly mayhem. My kind of dining.

Old black and white pictures dot the shady walls, a prologue of the meal to come.  And what a meal it was. Kefi is the sort of place where one craves to order everything on the menu. Ah, the annoyance of practicality.

Dips and pitas were quickly ordered – fluffy flatbread with the bubbly aeration resembled in good focaccia, sourced from a specialist producer in Melbourne – great to have on the table for a large party. Char-y octopus tentacles were tender yet meaty to the bite and served atop a fresh tomato and cucumber salsa-like salad. The Mixed Skaras included juicy Greek sausages, smoky lamb cutlets, grilled pork cutlets, and lamb and chicken skewers with potatoes, tzatziki, salad and more of those pillow-y pitas thrown into the works. The fulfillment of every individual’s meat fantasy.

Other dishes that had us salivating at the edge of our tables were the saucy meatballs, salmon spanakopitas and Herculean platters of hot, golden crisp calamari and prawns. Be warned that the gargantuan sizes of Kefi’s dishes stretch to obscenity – no doubt you will receive your fill and roll away a very satisfied (and albeit garlicky) blimp.

Service is prompt though a touch hectic, yet genuine and personable. Such a pleasure to find sincerity in the front-of-house, a dying trait in the service industry.

There is only one word to sum up Kefi, and that’s generous. In a world that’s rather cold and sometimes grey, it is lovely to find a small gem where fun, food and laughter runs abundant. So leave your troubles at the door, and be prepared for a true feast (in every sense of the word).

Kefi Greek Cuisine

61 Tapleys Hill Road, Glenelg North

Tel: 08 8350 9199

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Treasured Relic – The Apothecary 1878

2 May

Whilst this kinky European-inspired wine bar did not originate out of the 1800’s (contrary to what its name may imply), the Apothecary 1878 has undisputedly stood the test of time, drawing a legion of faithful patrons to its shadowed corners since its opening in the year 2002.

The restaurant is the namesake of the 133-year old pharmacy cabinets that line the darkened walls of the Apothecary’s front bar. These aged, mahogany cabinets bear and boast rows of decorative antique wine bottles with many dating back to yonkers of an age. The setting bursts with character, quirky without being too kitsch; chandeliers drooping lazily overhead whilst bums rest on velvet sofas and dark Thonet chairs.

Wander along the narrow stairs tucked away from the main bar area, and you’ll discover nooks and crannies for various activities of wining, dining, and celebrating. The uppermost chamber is a private function room, bold red walls and gold ornaments reminiscent of an old-Victorian cigar room, whilst the lowest level features a dining space for more intimate soirées.

The main draw of the venue is its wine selection, and with a list showcasing pages upon pages of local and international fare, the Apothecary’s wine offering is sure to please both “New” and “Old World” drinkers.

The food – quintessentially Adelaide (or so this writer labels it). Uncomplicated. Satisfying. Not too stuck up its arse to the point of pretension, yet managing to stave off the usual humdrum of standard-fare. Diners can have a pick of ‘starters’ or ‘shared’ dishes to nibble alongside their wines. We commenced our feasting with apple cured salmon served with crisp fennel sheafs and parmesan (excellent with a dry white), and baked chevre with eggplant and almond sauce, which was meltingly warm with the toasted almonds giving a rich nutty kick (those who dislike goat’s cheese however, might wrinkle their noses). The pork and veal meatballs cooked in a heavy tomato was, whilst tasty, not altogether ground-breaking.

Potter Prawn & Caperberries

On the flip side, our table demolished every speck of the potted prawn with caper berries and toast, the sweet pureed flesh driving one diner to wipe out the inner crevices of the pot with her pinkie (classy..).   Relishing in sheer umami-ness was the brined and chargrilled chicken thighs, smoky from its joust with flames and served atop smooth, garlicky skordalia. Two lip-smacking thumbs up.

Mains of roasted eye fillet with bordelaise sauce was cooked to a rare-ish rosy pink (as desired) and pleasing in all its meaty glory. Its side of blue cheese spinach gratin however, almost overshone it – its musky heartiness promising a joy to those fond of the curd. The crepe-like cannelloni of chicken liver and rabbit was indeed – very “livery” with a sustained meaty creaminess that though I believe a few may question, was something I personally enjoyed.

The Wine Breakdown – The 2010 Tscharke ‘Girl Talk” Savagnin from the Barossa carried like blooms on mineral rock, a clean, dry palate of apple and citrus, which worked excellently with most entrees. Red was a 2007 Antinori ‘Peppoli” Sangiovese Merlot Syrah from Tuscany, full of ripe cassis and spice, a paradox of complexity and easy drinkability – a reasonable pairing to our various mains.

Service is efficient and fair. Things do however, get fairly hectic over the weekends, so I’d suggest a weekday drop in. Also, on the side note: The Apothecary dishes up tapas/supper for those seeking a late night snack or a beverage to wine down the day (pun intended).

A rose amongst the thorns of Hindley, this is one place to take out-of-towners to. Eat, drink and be merry.

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Apothecary 1878
(08) 8212 9099
City Centre
118 Hindley St
Adelaide, 5000

Get Me to The Greek

1 Apr

You know those dinners, those well-earned celebratory ones, where you kick back with good mates after enduring an arduous stint of work, when you’re laughing so hard and so carelessly that the table behind turns to stare, with wine flowing merrily and fingers grabbling at food; t’was.. such a night.

Going to The Greek is like coming home. Think warmly-lit  brick walls, white paned windows, roomy corners and nostalgic black n’ white photos. Another reason it feels so, is because this restaurant has a story. For almost fifty years since 1909 the same building operated as a waste incinerator, aptly named “The Destructor”, ridding Adelaide of its bulk of rubbish and generating good ol’ electricity. Today, the building is a friendly space, its towering thirty-five metre chimney a beacon to all those in search of an honest meal.

And what a meal was served up. Our table surface was groaning under the weight of dishes ordered – so much so that we had to uproot to a larger table. We went communal that day and had all our dishes plonked in the centre for picking. Wise.

Entrée was a meze of mixed-plate nibblets. Char-grilled Greek sausages with Ouzo-macerated oranges was a revel of spice-induced meat encased in a juicy packet, whilst the herbed battered calamari a familiar yet agreeable “in-betweener”. Those possessing an affinity with innards will be charmed by the Sikotakia: meltingly creamy pan-fried chicken livers on a saucy reef of soft, sautéed onions. My top-draw for the evening.

Main course was a feast beyond a feast. Spoons wasted no time in diving into the smooth pillow of Moussaka, akin to a  ‘shepherds pie’, remarkably moreish with its creamy stratosphere of Greek white sauce. The expressionistic structure that was the grilled Moreton Bay bugs was rather likeable, but a touch under-seasoned. Whilst the marinated lamb cutlets tittered on the brink of being slightly over-charred, they were cooked to pinky-perfection and scrumptious with the tangy side of lemon bligouri and yoghurt. How sweet and succulent was the delicate flesh of herbed smattered quails, splendid in its simplicity.

Dessert was custard and cream Kataïfi, a homely cake-like offering.  We unfortunately could not manage any more than that as we were busting at our seams by that point (much to the disappointment of the sweet-laden cake fridge). Service was amiable, warm and relaxed. And most importantly, the meal was of decent value with prices reasonably fair for this nature of dining.

The Greek on Halifax is certainly a local “favourite”, having claimed the national title of ‘Favourite Greek’ in the 2010 I Love FOOD Awards; and justly so. We walked away with much cheer, much love and much self-inflicted indigestion.

Rating: 16/20 (Will make for a merry outing)
The Greek on Halifax
75 – 79 Halifax Street
Adelaide, SA 5000
08 8223 3336

A Soft Spot for: Melt CBD

25 Feb

On rare occasions – when the stars align – one can immediately tell that they’re  in for a good meal just by stepping into a restaurant. This, is one of those instances.

The scattering of lawn-green chalkboard surfaces, psychedelic graffiti mural and gleaming tiled bar was enough to show that the Melt team knows how to piece together a cool urban eatery. And indeed they do, judging by the reception of the original Melt in Hyde Park.

Housed on Waymouth St, this sequel to the Melt empire is already bustling despite opening only late last year. City slickers flock to this retro-chic joint for tapas, wine and creative pizzas. Our table made the fortuitous decision of ordering the prawn pizza/$23 (prawns, green harissa, fior di latte, tomato, preserved lemon & parsley) – a festival of flavours on a steaming, thin-crust base. Downright tasty. Some others that caught my eye were the Patatas pizza/$19 (crushed potato, porcini & truffle, mozzarella, taleggio, walnuts, thyme) and The Turk/$18 (lamb, pine-nuts, pomegranate, provolone, yoghurt, mint, sumac). Note: Gluten-free bases available with a $3 surcharge.

Our wildcard tapas order was of jellied pork with crispy daikon remoulade/$12 – a contemporary leap from the bistro-staple pate. The curious gelatinous terrine was radically different; and while I personally enjoyed it, I suspect some might be unaccustomed to its unique texture. Subsequently, we partook of the chocolate and pistachio pizza with Frangelico cream/$16 – one out of the two dessert pizzas on offer. The flavours were pleasing, with the only issue being a slightly underbaked base (understandably to prevent the chocolate burning, but then again there are ways around it). But none of that really mattered. We ate like kings.

I particularly fancied the mint-flavoured water that the friendly waiters kept pouring into my glass (details do make the meal). And if that’s not enough, select from their wide-flung list of wines and beverages (they have a neat  “wee” selection of Scottish single malts). Other interesting features are a small private dining room in the back section of the restaurant and a function space upstairs.

So like I said, once in a while, when the stars come in order – one knows that they’re  in for a good feed just by stepping into a restaurant. And if you haven’t had that feeling yet, try stepping into Melt CBD.

Rating: 16/20 Very, very likeable.

38 Waymouth St,

Adelaide 5000.

(08) 82116723
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