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Published November 12th 2015
Lunch in Hahndorf? Don't order the cliché German Hot dog
One thing I love about South Australia is the quality of our produce, and the amazing restaurants that showcase it through their unique dishes. The Pantry in Hahndorf definitely demonstrates this.
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The best thing about visiting small towns like Hahndorf is the food, because I know that the majority of ingredients are sourced by locals, or made in house. This is something i'm extremely particular with, as it can be difficult at times to find food of exceptional quality that is fresh and organic. I felt instant relief dining at The Pantry, knowing that the ingredients used, including their meat was South Australian. It also gives a sense of South Australian pride! I love my state.
The Pantry immediately caught my eye as my partner and I strolled down Main Street on the search for lunch. The rustic appearance and relaxed vibe instantly drew me in. It looks similar to a country shed, with timber walls, cast iron ornaments, and barrels. It's a beautifully designed place, that showcases Australian culture and our way of life. It's comfortable and informal, but the food is exceptional.
We decided to dine outside, seeing as I brought my little Chihuahua with us, and the staff were extremely accommodating and comfortable with having a dog present. I was relieved to know that The Pantry was dog friendly, as it's extremely hard to come by. The lady who attended to us was lovely and helpful. She recommended which Tapas plate was best, and she was right!
The Beef Cheek Doughnuts are incredibly unique and like nothing I have ever tasted before. They're deep fried, sweet pillows of dough that are filled with a savoury sauce and beef cheek meat, infused with a hint of sweetness. It's served with a chili jam; a great accompaniment to contrast all the flavours.
I ordered the Lamb Pie, wrapped in a thin and crunchy Filo pastry and laid on a bed of spinach and pumpkin puree. This dish was excellent. It definitely tasted home-made and the ingredients were fresh. The lamb was soft, and infused with beautiful herbs to create a rustic, yet classic dish. I loved every part of this meal.My partner ordered the Filet Mignon wrapped in Bacon, served with a side of potatoes and a sauce, and he was incredibly satisfied with his choice. Overall, The Pantry was a divine dining experience, and I would definitely return again, particularly for those Beef Cheeks... Oh my!.
Beautiful food at The Pantry - Lamb Pie and Filet Mignon