Your night begins with an onslaught of snacks, which was the highlight of our evening - five rounds, with multiple offerings at each. We particularly loved the potato damper cooking on hot coals, served with macadamia butter for the vegetarian and lamb butter for the carnivore. My skewer of charred iceberg lettuce with carrot emulsion and the wattleseed ice cream were also standouts.
Restaurant Orana snacks including wattleseed ice cream
Four main dishes followed. One blew me away and the other three were pleasant but lacking some balance (mostly too acidic). The course I'm still salivating over is the pine mushrooms on a bed of glazed lentils and walnuts - warming, earthy, sweet and salty.
Two desserts finished our degustation. The first was a deliciously creamy, set buttermilk with strawberry and eucalyptus. The second was our favourite and ensured we finished on a high - a jerusalem artichoke ice cream, piped back into its own skin which the chef had transformed into a crispy shell, served with a ginger nut crumb. Perfection.
The dinner ends there unless you choose to purchase coffee and petit fours for an additional $15. You'd think with the price of dinner these extras might be included in the cost, as they are at Hentley Farm, but alas you are charged for these luxuries if you choose them. Close to $20 for still water was a surprise upon receiving the bill too - again I think this should be incorporated in the cost.
Overall we enjoyed our night, loved the service and thought the food showcased Australia's native ingredients with sophistication. It's a unique dining experience in Adelaide and one we'd recommend. 8/10.
It's good to see they have some nice vegetarian options. The food seems very interesting. Like you, I love when you go to a restaurant and have a bunch of little plates all come out to share. They usually do taste the best too.