If there is one word that could cover the wide menu available at the Adelaide Hilton's headlining restaurant, the Brasserie, it would be local. It makes sense. The restaurant is only a stones throw away from the hub of Adelaide's local produce scene, the Adelaide Central Markets. The flavours may come from all over the world, but the produce is local, and the Brasserie does a great job at showcasing what South Australia's food regions have to offer.
The Brasserie menu tells a bit of a story. First scroll down the list, past pie, pig, deer, and duck. This is how each dish can be described in the most simplest terms, that one element that makes the dish what it is. Scan along and you'll find all the different elements that make up the meals.
But then you get to the heart of the Brasserie, the story of where the food comes from. You'll learn about the oysters that aren't fed, but get their food naturally from the waters of Coffin Bay, or the bush tomatoes from the nursery that also supply native plants to outback communities, helping support Outback Pride. Of course each meal also comes with a recommended wine to enjoy.
It may be all well and good that the food is local, but thankfully it lives up to expectations when it comes to taste too. It is expertly presented down to the very last detail, and as simple as the names 'pig' or 'duck' might be to describe a dish, they're anything but plain. From the shallot tarte tatin that comes served with the venison, to the lamb cigar sitting atop the pan roasted lamb rack, it is the special details that set these meals apart from the usual fare.
There are entrees and sides aplenty. Of course you'll also want to keep an eye on the specials menu, which focuses on a new gourmet region of SA every two months. Throughout the year the Brasserie menu changes to reflect the best seasonal produce available.
At the end of any meal, the usual question passes around the table, should we take a look at the dessert menu. There should be only one answer at The Brasserie. Yes. Yes. And yes. The dessert menu is reinvented seasonally, just like the rest of the food on offer and features mouth watering chocolate from Adelaide staple Haighs, as well as fresh berries from the Adelaide Hills and enough caramel and crumble to excite even the fullest stomach.
You might expect the Brasserie to be filled with stuffy waiters and overpriced meals. Not only are the staff friendly and knowledgeable, but while the meals aren't the cheapest in Adelaide, you certainly won't need to sell a kidney before you order a main.
Make sure you've got a booking, so you don't miss out on a table. You can book online, through the Dimmi restaurant booking and rewards system. To bring some of this great local food to your home, check out the e-cookbook available for download on the website.