Located at Gepps Cross, Coopers Alehouse is a great place to enjoy a wide range of pub food accompanied by a wide range of wines and beers. The place was packed when we went there for dinner and we were lucky to be able to secure a table. We were advised by the staff to have someone at our table at all times so we won't lose our seats.
Noted to be one of the best Chicken Schnitzels in Adelaide, the Chicken Schnitzel served at Coopers has Parmesan cheese in the coating to give it a delightful savoury flavour. Accompanying the schnitzel were coleslaw, fluffy chips which was fried to golden brown and your choice of Coopers Dark Ale Steak Sauce, Mushroom Sauce, Pepper Sauce, Red Wine Jus, Bearnaise Sauce or one of various mustards.
Chicken Schnitzel (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While it is noted to be one of their "starters", the serving size of the Coopers Pale Ale Beeritos is generous enough for a main meal. The pulled pork was tender with the distinct taste of beer balanced by coriander and the tangy coleslaw. The pita bread the pork was served on was also toasted to the correct degree.
Coopers Pale Ale Beeritos (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those who prefer beef, their Beef Rib Sandwich is a good choice. The beef was juicy and tender with a wonderful smoky taste coming from the BBQ aioli. Accompanying the pulled beef was char-grilled chorizo, vintage cheddar cheese, rocket and tomato which partnered well with the beef; and a serving of chips done as well as the ones that came with the Chicken Schnitzel.
Beef Rib Sandwich (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Another good choice for a light meal is their Bruschetta, which features a topping of sweet roasted peppers, Spanish onions, rocket leaves, fetta and balsamic vinegar on toasted bread. The roasted peppers had a lovely smoky taste complemented wonderfully by the salty fetta and the sharp taste of the balsamic vinegar. The toasted bread also acted as a good contrast to the softer ingredients that make up the topping.
Bruschetta (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the various desserts offered here, their Dark Ale Beeramisu is a great twist of the Italian dessert Tiramisu with Coopers Dark Ale taking the place of the coffee that is normally used. The beer helped to give the fluffy sponge a moreish, rich and slightly bitter flavour balanced out by the whipped cream. While the Beeramisu being served in a jar may seem unusual, this presentation is actually the way Tiramisu is often prepared in Italy.
Beeramisu (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Coopers' website claims that it will 'take your taste buds on a journey' and we agree totally. Every dish that we ordered was cooked perfectly, presented beautifully and tasted delicious. The building is a new purpose-built venue and the place is airy and has a great indoor-outdoor flow. The outdoor "beer garden" area had an enormous flat screen TV and was very popular with the footy crowd. Plenty of off-street parking is provided in the carpark surrounding the pub and there is live music on every Wednesday night.