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Published November 15th 2015
These could be the best pan seared scallops in Adelaide
If you're looking for a relaxed dining experience that combines good food, great service and irresistible views, Esca Restaurant and Espresso Bar is the place to visit next time you're down at the Marina, Holdfast Shores.
The view from the other side of the restaurant. Beautiful
My partner and I stopped by Esca for coffee and decided to try some of their smaller dishes. We dined outside in the alfresco seated area, and enjoyed the views of the marina and the liveliness that is Glenelg. The inside of Esca is simple, elegant, and intimate, with the opening doors revealing the beauty of the seaside. The entrance leads to the front bar, where you can order an array of cocktails, coffees and drinks. The bar is also connected to a separate lounge area, which allows you to escape for a quiet retreat or to enjoy drinks with friends. I like how Esca incorporates diverse dining areas, however still creates a fluent, vibrant, and relaxed atmosphere simultaneously. Their wine collection is also a sight to see.
The menu is one of the best I've seen, offering a diverse range of starters, mains and pasta dishes. The starters prominently stood out, and it was extremely difficult making a final decision. We opted for the prosciutto, which is aged and cured for 24 months and is served with a side of bread. Prosciutto is a classic starter and antipasto style dish that suits any occasion. I couldn't resist the pan seared scallops that instantly caught my eye, and my appetite. They were served delicately on an oblong plate with a green pea mousse, cherry tomatoes and black sesame. The combination of ingredients was unique and dynamic in flavour; my favourite dish of the evening.
We also went for the classic salt and pepper calamari, which was soft and flavoursome. Nothing significantly special, but no faults to the dish at all. Of course, we ordered a side of fried potatoes cooked in rosemary and salt. They were ridiculously addictive with their crunchy-crisp outside and soft, fluffy and warm inside. Mouthwatering goodness. Potatoes can do no wrong.
The delicious scallops that did not disappoint one bit and the salt & pepper calamari.
The only negative to this evening was the inexperienced staff. They were amazingly friendly, helpful and kind, however I noticed a few mistakes that could have been avoided. The young lady who took our order brought us the wrong drinks. The table was poorly set; cutlery was placed on the bare table without a serviette or towel laid first. These were small, mundane things that did not take away from the food or experience, however having personally worked in the hospitality industry for a long time, I found it impossible to ignore.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the food at Esca Restaurant and Espresso Bar and although there were obvious faults, I would definitely return again. No one is perfect, and we all have to start somewhere to learn and grow.
Photo Courtesy of Dimmi Website - Esca Restaurant and Espresso Bar