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Published December 23rd 2015
There will be stars from a galaxy far far away
As promised, here is my much anticipated sequel to the Windy Point Cafe review. Not wanting to offend any fanatics out there, but this review is in a way, similar to the recently released Star Wars, The Force Awakens movie. The experience was either going to be an epic success or an epic fail. Thankfully, it was an epic success, especially when there were overseas guests to impress.
It was a warm summer night and the scenic drive to the restaurant was stunning as always. Upon entering the restaurant, we were warmly greeted by polite waiting staff. She then gently ushered us to our table. Whilst sitting at the table, we absorbed in the beautiful view and watched the sky change colour. Our waiter for the night was a fine gentleman from Turkey, with a beautiful accent. I'm sure he would have been the perfect Darth Vader if he said, "I am your waiter." But he was more like Hans Solo, the captain and made sure everyone was attended to throughout the night.
House made ciabatta with Hindmarsh Valley cultured butter
To start, we had house made ciabatta with Hindmarsh Valley cultured butter and Pendleton Estate extra virgin olive oil. The ciabatta was still warm, the butter was lovely, and the olive oil was smooth. My overseas guests tried bread in olive oil for the first time and quite liked it. They dipped more into it, not because I advised them it was healthy, but because it was weirdly wonderful to them.
Entree tasting plate of potato soup, pork and chicken terrine and smoked barramundi
Our entrée tasting plate consisted of sweet potato, peanut, chilli and coriander soup, pulled pork and chicken terrine, and smoked barramundi saag aloo. The flavour of the soup was beautifully balanced by the sweet potato and had a very strong peanut presence. The hint of chilli and coriander added depth so that it wasn't just peanut and potato soup. The star of the terrine was the pork. It was the most succulent I've ever eaten, and so flavoursome. The barramundi was gently spiced, soft and flaky.
My son had a child serving of their burger. It was simply made with ham, cheese and leafy greens. He didn't really eat the burger, not because of anything wrong with it, just because he had a lot of the delicious ciabatta with loads of butter.
Snapper fillet with braised octopus, peperonata, smoky leek and skordalia
There were quite a few of us but we all had similar tastes so we ordered the same dishes. A couple of us including myself had the St Vincent Gulf snapper fillet with olive braised octopus, peperonata, smoky leek and skordalia. The crispy skin snapper was well cooked and lightly flavoured. This coupled well with strong flavours of the octopus. The sweetness of the leek, gentle spices of the peperonata and skordalia all added dimensions to the dish. When eaten all together in one bite, the combination was heavenly.
Barramundi fillet with parsnip puree, cauliflower, braised oxtail, cherries and cavolo nero
Others had the barramundi from Northern Territory in parsnip puree, with cauliflower, braised oxtail, crispy cherries and cavolo nero. This dish was creamy with a touch of sweetness of the cherries. The strong flavours of the braised oxtail was softened by the creaminess of the puree. The crispy fried cavolo nero added texture to the dish.
Angus sirloin with beef cheek and potato mousse, asparagus and tomato sticky glaze
There was also the Angus sirloin with beef cheek and potato mousse, asparagus, tomato essence and sticky glaze. This was a simple beef, potato and sauce combination but was perfectly executed. It was outstanding because of the glaze. The tomato essence somehow took it to another level. The sirloin was cooked to perfection; the potato was creamy, with the smoked asparagus adding even more flavour to the dish. It's definitely one of the best steaks in Adelaide.
Pistachio, caramel and coconut truffle and poppy seed meringue
We were served pistachio, caramel and coconut truffle and poppy seed meringue for desserts. Both were scrumptious. The truffle was sweet, but the portion was perfect so that the sweetness was not overpowering. The meringue had perfect peaks that popped in your mouth then slowly melted away into sweetened cream.
My son was served vanilla icecream drizzled with chocolate sauce. I'm not sure what their definition of a child serving is, but you could see in the picture that it was huge. My child went on a sugar high, but fortunately still controllable.
I cannot fault anything in terms of food and service. Everything was impeccable, including the waiting staff's dress code and manners. The only very minor complaint I have is the lighting. As the sun set, which was absolutely stunning to watch, the restaurant slowly became darker. Our mains arrived when darkness has fallen and with only minimal light from the restaurant, you could see stars from a galaxy far far away. But it made it quite difficult to see the food I was eating especially since I don't have very good eyesight. I didn't have trouble with cutting my food but would like to see what I'm eating better. The photo of the steak was without any light from my camera to show you how dark the venue is. Maybe loved up couples are fine with that but my personal preference is to have the lighting a little less dim.
I much prefer this restaurant to their café. The standards here are much higher – a much more enjoyable movie experience than Windy Point Cafe. Star Wars The Force Awakens is exceptionally better than Star Wars The Attack of the Clones. Come for an experience and you will not be disappointed!
It seems that people will always visitfor the view and what a magnificent view it is.Pleasing to know the food is top rate...so perhaps next time I have interstate guests,I will go again...it has been a long time.