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Published August 23rd 2016
Prepare yourselves for a beastly experience at the Stag
The Stag is an iconic pub and restaurant that has called Rundle Street its home on an on-again and off-again (and back on-again) basis for as long as I've been in Adelaide (and that's been a good 6 years or so).
Taking pride in being "Adelaide's worst vegetarian restaurant", The Stag has been through different ownerships and has finally settled on branding themselves as an easy-going, relaxed pub that offers fine dining to its patrons.
It had been too long since my last visit, so I decided to head back and check out what the story of the [new] Stag Hotel was all about.
Having been invited as part of an "Eat and Tweet" event hosted by local Public Relations firm Girl About Town, I was honoured to have attended this event, where we were treated to some tasty samples of their newly-constructed menu. While I won't go into huge detail about all the items we were served, I will pick out the favourites and leave the rest up to you, in terms of going to the Stag and choosing what you please.
The Stag Hotel is located by the corner of Rundle Street and East End
Taking a step back from the fine dining, The Stag is aiming to offer some simple yet delicious options of 'pub-style food' in its Bistro, where customers can order to go with a choice of their drink (be it alcoholic or non-alcoholic).
The Bistro is sectioned off from the pub area, but still offers the customers to shuffle between the two areas and enjoy the different levels of pleasant ambience.
Taking a classy spin on an Australian staple dish, we had a meat pie called the Duck Pie Floater, which was stuffed with pea and ham bone soup, mashed potato, and tomato and capsicum chutney. The puff pastry was cooked well to present with a crunchy texture and topped with sesame seeds; this was a winning dish. The duck mince was well seasoned and mixed well with the chutney and vegetables served on the side.
Always a fan of burgers, we were treated to a soft shell crab slider with pickled carrot, jalapeno, and coriander mayo. A very interesting mix of ingredients that you wouldn't expect to taste together, but it works! The flavours complemented each other and made this burger appetising. The brioche bun is a great option and holds everything well (surprisingly!), resulting in a reasonably clean dish to enjoy heartily. The crab meat presented with a crispy outer layer and the meat underneath was cooked to just the right amount of soft and tender. The jalapeno was subtly tangy and was balanced well by the smooth and relatively tamed consistency from the carrot and mayo.
Every meal has got to have dessert (or maybe I'm just picky like that), so when I saw what was served on a platter (literally), I was left speechless. The peanut butter parfait with a milk chocolate cremeux, salted caramel, and peanut brittle is everything that has been missing from my world thus far. Leaving me speechless, this dessert presented with a subtle taste of peanut butter, which is a very difficult thing to master. Served along with the parfait was salted caramel and gold flakes, along with a dollop of milk chocolate. The softness from the chocolate dollop and salted caramel balanced well with the crunchiness from the gold flakes and the peanut butter brittle.
The Stag Hotel certainly exceeded my expectations. After having some bad experiences in the past, I feel like my faith in the Stag has been restored. The customer service is appreciative, the ambience is relaxed and enjoyable, and the food and drinks served there meet my standards. If you have never been to the Stag or are unsure of what to expect, this article will hopefully coax you to check them out, next time you're in town and looking for a place to chill with friends over delicious bites and sweet brews.