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Midnight Spaghetti

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami www.weekendnotes.com/origami-classes-japan-australia-friendship-association/ and Pokémon www.weekendnotes.com/pokemon-center-tokyo/
Published February 11th 2018
Opened in September 2017, Midnight Spaghetti, as its name suggests, is a good place to enjoy a wide range of pasta dishes. Despite being tucked away near the Crown and Anchor Hotel, the place was popular, with a large crowd present when we visited.

The spaghetti used in the Capisco Arrabiatta was cooked to al dente and its plain taste was a good foil to the spicy tomato sauce. The pieces of pork jowl were cooked just right with the addition of olives helping to add a salty element to the dish.

Midnight Spaghetti, Capisco Arrabiatta, Adelaide
Capisco Arrabiatta (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


For something a bit unique, the Cockles and Vongole is a good choice. The cockles and vongole, a variety of clam also known as carpet-shell clams, gave the dish a salty taste that was not too strong. The saltiness was balanced out by the sweet cherry tomatoes. There was also enough garlic to lift the flavour of the clams.

Midnight Spaghetti, Cockles and Vongole, Adelaide
Cockles and Vongole (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Their Spaghetti Alla Quici is notable in that the prawn heads were left on, which contributed to its firm texture and taste. Chilli was also present in the dish but the degree of spiciness was milder than that of the Capisco Arrabitatta.

Midnight Spaghetti, Spaghetti Alla Quici, Adelaide
Spaghetti Alla Quici (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Unlike the other pasta dishes we ordered, the Carbonara uses the flat pasta variety known as fettucine to give it a different texture. There was enough egg to provide a creamy taste that was not too thick. The bacon provided a bit of a smoky flavour. All the pasta dishes came with chilli oil and dried chilli that can be added to their dishes to add a bit of kick. We also chose to have the Parmesan cheese served separately so we could add as much/little as we like to our dishes.

Midnight Spaghetti, Carbonara, Adelaide
Carbonara (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Their Orange & Fennel Salad is great as an entree or as a partner to the pasta dishes. The fennel in the salad had the right amount of bite to it and the dressing gave the dish a delectable tangy flavour. The addition of orange and pomegranate seeds helped to balance things out, making it a good complement to the richer taste of the pasta dishes.

Midnight Spaghetti, Orange & Fennel Salad, Adelaide
Orange & Fennel Salad (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


We enjoyed all the pasta dishes but felt there wasn't enough ingredients to accompany the generous portion of pasta. For seating, you have the option of rustic indoor seating or open-air seating on the balcony overlooking Grenfell Street. If you are looking for a good place to enjoy yummy pasta dishes, consider dropping by Midnight Spaghetti for a visit.

Midnight Spaghetti, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Midnight Spaghetti, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
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When: Weds – Sun: 5pm – late
Phone: 08 7123 6125
Where: 196 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, SA
Cost: About $20 per dish
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