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Published July 22nd 2014
Some pasta, a little wine, and thou
With its wide balcony and huge signage, Daniel's is guaranteed to catch the eye on Rundle Street's food strip. Anyone venturing near Rundle Mall is certain to have seen it. Recently, I decided it was time to try it.
There aren't many places on Rundle Street that will advertise a $15 special, so my hopes weren't high as I climbed the stairs. The waitresses were prompt and helpful, something that isn't always guaranteed for a solo diner at rush hour. They even managed to find me a seat on the balcony.
Penne bolognese and some Adelaide street-watching at Daniel's.
I ordered penne bolognese. I can't say it was impressive, but it had a certain homeliness that I couldn't complain about. Many pasta restaurants cut down on costs by using a single sugo to flavour all of their tomato dishes, ending up with a baseline of saltiness that carries throughout the menu. I couldn't complain of this at Daniel's – the bolognese seemed to have been freshly made, if anything, with chunks of fresh tomato, and possibly could have done with a few hours more cooking.
The atmosphere is worth a mention. I'm not always a fan of upstairs restaurants, although I can't quite explain why. I guess it's the removal from the bustle of the street that I dislike. At Daniel's, the advantage of height made for excellent people-watching. My fellow diners were a lively bunch, and the feeling in general was full of fun. It would make the perfect watching spot during Festival time.
In all, I wasn't disappointed by Daniel's. It was a worthwhile $15 investment.