I always like to discover new places in Adelaide where I can catch up with friends over a glass of wine, good food and relaxed atmosphere. Meeting in Gouger Street, a group of us walked past the Loft Oyster and Wine Bar. Impressed with the style of the entrance, I was curious to see what would be waiting for us at the top of the stairs, so decided to check it out.
I didn't know what to expect, the feeling as if walking into a bar in Europe. Admiring the stunning decor and taking in the ambient feel, I knew this was just perfect for our catch-up. What a gorgeous inviting venue!
The place had a hip feel to it, yet it wasn't a place catering to young adults with music blaring it's hard to hear each other. It's a place that's suitable for all ages. At a nearby table, a young couple were getting cosy, and further up an older group of adults celebrating a birthday. A chic stylish venue that can hold any kind of event, gathering or function.
Edward sat us down at the long wooden table towards the end of the room, and chatted to us about what the Loft Bar is all about - the flavour of food paired with cocktails, wine and spirits. This guy pulls no punches when it comes to knowledge of the industry. Very impressed with the personal touch, we knew we were in for a great night.
Ordering food, including various dishes Edward recommended, we left it up to him to choose the drinks. We started with white balsamic vinaigrette oysters and a Caipirinha cocktail (cachaca, lime and sugar). This is a Brazilian style drink with rum and with the oysters was so delicious!
We all agreed to another round of oysters, but this time ordering kilpatrick with Prancing Pony Brewery Black Ale. This ale is made locally in Mt Barker and they can't keep up with demand. Coupled with the oysters, again a great choice by Edward.
Next we tried the grilled scallops, prosciutto and pesto, with a South Side Cocktail (gin, lime, mint and sugar). Edward also threw in a 2011 Ducks in a RowFiano taken from a white grape which originated from Naples.
Grilled scallops, prosciutto and pesto with a south side cocktail
By this stage, we knew we were in for a memorable night. We never had this kind of experience in any venue in Adelaide. I tend to only drink wine with my food, but now I was trying something new. This was a hit!
Next we tried the prawn roll. Now, this by no doubt was a winner at our table. Coupled with 2001 Ducks In A RowNero d'Avola wine made from the most important red wine grape in Sicily. The only words echoing at our table were 'delicious', 'divine', 'let's order more'.
Then came the Charcuteriete platter, Italian cold meats served with chicken liver pate, and kalamata olive tapenade. We sampled capocollo,soppressata,prosciutto and peppered ham. I had the feeling when I walked into the place, it felt like Europe. This dish is a protein lover's dream! Served with a blended wine from TempranilloGraciano and Mataro grapes from Ducks In A Row in McLaren Vale, this was a perfect match with the meat. The wine had a natural texture, a savoury non fruity red that complimented the dish beautifully.
Bleu de Laqueuille is only made during the summer and autumn months from the pasteurized milk of Saler cows. Petit Sapin is pasteurized cow's milk cheese made in the style of a well known and highly regarded cheesemaker in France. Instead of wine, we had the sherry cobbler made from dry sherry, fruit liquor and gin.
There's a bit of history behind this Sherry cobbler. Edward told us that in the 1860's ice was a luxury and more expensive than alcohol, and only the rich could afford this drink. I suggested he re-name the cocktail as 'inspired by The Great Gatsby'. I felt I was a guest at Gatsby's mansion, but then I do live in a fantasy world, but don't we all?
Leaving the best until last, the cold drip coffee. You need to see this to believe it. Edward said that coffee needs to be enjoyed after you grow and harvest it, at its purest. The coffee is dripped through this system and it takes hours to fill a cup. The device which cost hundreds of dollars, slowly produces a chilled, cold-drip coffee brew that's served over ice, but is different to traditional iced coffees.
Coffee takes hours to filter through this system, like a fine experiment!
As it was a gorgeous night we chose to drink our coffee on the balcony, which I can foresee will be a hit during the summer months.
The Loft Oyster and Wine Bar has only been open a few months, and is gaining a terrific reputation as one of Adelaide's exciting new bars with a difference. It focuses on sourcing local fresh produce, and wine from local wineries.
It can fit around 270 people inside, and the balcony can hold up to 90. It's open from 3pm Wednesday to Sunday until late, and the kitchen is open until midnight on the weekends.
We have already booked another get together as we loved the whole experience.
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