A friend mentioned that Melt Pizzeria restaurant in Hyde Park south of Adelaide has tapas on the menu, and we decided to give it a try as it is much closer. I was initially a bit hesitant as there are varying reports about the place on the net, but their online menu was enough to tempt me.
I was disappointed to find that there are two sittings for evening meals, the first slot is from 6-8.30 and the second any time after that. We settled for the first slot, and arrived to find the compact restaurant already busy, with a large group of girls presumably having a hen's night.
Fortunately our party was seated at the entrance to the restaurant which is open to King William Road. It was a pleasant evening and traffic was not a problem, and it enabled us to escape much of the noise from the large group and talk at normal volume. If like me you dislike shouting to your dining partners, it would be worth talking about your placement when making a booking.
The tapas menu was quite broad and had plenty of choices. We had decided not to bother with the $39 "share table" option, as it lacked flexibility - for example it comes with salads which none of us wanted.
The tapas came progressively but didn't take long to arrive, so it gave us an opportunity to enjoy each dish at leisure.
The ground lamb was mildly spicy and the dish was well received, as was the fried haloumi. I'd previously eaten fried haloumi several times before which was saltier and more chewy than presented by Melt Pizzeria.
The white anchovies were far milder in flavour than tinned anchovies and were well balanced by the egg gribiche (sauce). The only negative comments for any of the tapas were about the pate, which was quite different from commercial pates we had eaten previously, but I think that could be just down to individual taste.
Melt Pizzeria's pizzas came highly recommended, and we ordered a patatas pizza (crushed potato, porcini and truffle, mozzarella, tallegio, walnuts, thyme, parsley) and The Turk (lamb, pine-nuts, pomegranate, provolone, yoghurt & mint).
Both pizzas were served with deliciously thin and crispy bases, and were sufficient to satisfy most of the group. I had been a bit hesitant about ordering a potato pizza, but found it flavoursome and not at all stodgy.
Of course we had just enough room for dessert, and again stretched our boundaries by ordering a dessert pizza - a chocolate and pistachio pizza with frangelico cream. This time the base was softer, but it was a rich and tasty finale to our meal. Again I was pleased with the dessert despite some initial misgivings.
Melt Pizzeria also has a sister restaurant on Waymouth Street in Adelaide with the same menu, so if you prefer to dine in the city then that is very convenient. Neither restaurant permits BYO wine, but the drinks prices weren't exorbitant.
I was very happy with our visit to Melt Pizzeria, and thought that under $50 per head was very reasonable for the meal and drinks. I just might have to visit again to explore the tapas that we missed last time.