Located at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills, Restaurant Tranquilo specialises in a good range of Australian dishes with a bit of a Mediterranean flair. The dishes offered here are notably prepared by the head chef and owner Stephan Golding with the use of high quality ingredients and locally sourced products.
Great for sharing with friends, the Tapas Platter consists of chorizo, chimichurri meatballs, chicken skewers, salt and pepper squid, grilled halloumi, olives, pesto sauce and pita bread. Some of our favourites were the chimichurri meatballs which were juicy with the chimichurri sauce bringing out its flavour and the chicken skewers that had the "char-grilled" flavour we liked. The grilled halloumi did not taste too creamy and the saltiness of the pesto and olives made them a great foil to the plain pita bread.
Tapas Platter (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While the cheese stuffing in the TQ Burger's beef patty may suggest an intense creamy taste, the degree of creaminess was actually quite mild and the beef was very juicy. The bush tomato chutney gave the burger its distinctive flavour and there was a good mass of salad greens to balance the rich taste of the beef. Served with the burger were crisp and fluffy chips that had the right amount of salt.
TQ Burger (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The chunks of chicken in the Chicken Pot Pie were of a good size and the veloute sauce subtly enhanced its flavour without being too thick. The lid of puff pastry was a good contrast to the succulent filling and the steamed greens accompanying the pie still had a bite to them.
Aside from their main menu, Tranquilo also offers a Mexican buffet on Mondays, where you can eat as much tacos, burritos and nachos as you like for $18.90. The décor of the restaurant gave it a cosy feel and there are off-street parking behind the restaurant. Located just a short drive from Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, Tranquilo is a good place for a snack or meal when visiting the garden.