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by Chris Nugen (subscribe)
I can't get enough of food! I'm also passionate about music, dance, writing and makeup!
Published February 13th 2018
Not cliche to go to Cliche
It's a cliche to take a girl out to a nice restaurant for Valentine's Day but Cliche screams sensuality, so if you ever want a romantic date night, Cliche is the place to go. More suited to couples or groups of friends than families with kids, it is darkly lit with soft lighting and candles. French paintings adorn the walls which ooze sensuality, with one painting of a naked woman who is about to be executed by guillotine, possibly because of her sexual sins. As you can imagine, this particular painting gave rise to some interesting conversation.

French painting
Madame Guillotines Last Kiss - Christopher Gaston

Being Vietnamese, I have grown up to enjoy French-influenced meals. Not having been to a French restaurant for a long time, I was hoping a nice meal would bring me back to my childhood years. However, I think Adelaide is not quite adventurous enough yet as escargot and frog meat were not on the menu at Cliché.

Brigitte Bardo
She'll make you gasp and never forget - Meaghan Coles

Upon a little research, escargot was only available at a couple of other French restaurants, but not frog meat as far as I can see. So after dining at Cliché, I am calling Adelaideans to start a French revolution to become inquisitive and adventurous for traditional French cuisine.

Bar downstairs
The Bar downstairs

Bar upstairs
The Bar upstairs

French baguette and butter started the meal nicely, though the butter was a bit scarce.

baguette, butter, bread
Baguette and butter

The first dish was pulled lamb shoulder in a crusted croquette with sugar snap peas on a bed of potato puree. One word - amazing. It was full of flavour. The strong taste of the lamb married well with the sweetness of the peas. The crunch matched well with the soft creamy puree.

lamb, shoulder, croquette
Lamb shoulder croquette

Being a French restaurant, you can't go past duck liver pate with accompaniments. The pate was very smooth and the flavour was well balanced. However, the flavour was a little lost when eaten with pickled gherkins.

pate, liver, gherkins
Duck liver pate with accompaniments

For mains, we had slow braised beef cheek in red wine jus with mushroom sauce and potato puree. This was my friend's favourite dish and I must agree that it is a winner. The beef was cooked perfectly; soft and falling apart. It was wonderful along with the crispy chips.

beef, beef cheek, mushroom, potato puree
Beef cheek with mushroom sauce and potato puree

chips, potato
Straight cut chips with smoked aioli

We also ordered the pan seared salmon salad with steamed green beans and soft boiled egg. They didn't have any salmon so we were happy with tuna instead. The dish was light and fresh in taste. It paired well with a beef cheek.

tuna, salad, egg, potato
Pan seared Tuna salad

Overall, I really enjoyed my experience with Cliche and it's now one of my favourite restaurants. They have also changed their menu this month and I would like to go back and try new dishes.
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Phone: 8267 4083
Where: 26 O'Connell St, North Adelaide
Cost: $$$
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