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Published December 25th 2014
To celebrate finishing the dreaded year 12 exams, a group of us decided to celebrate with style and what better place than Windy Point Restaurant. With its wide views above Adelaide, incredible food and the fact that it is on most people's lists, including my bucket lists, it wasn't hard to persuade us to pay it a visit. To add to this, I happen to have a Festival of Foods voucher that allowed us to have a three course meal for $55 each (it was only $44 but we added in dessert...because I mean c'mon how could you say no!)
Windy Point is a while away from Adelaide but the drive is worthwhile the effort, I suggest having a good GPS going up there, it is a life saver. Plus another person in your car as it is easy for something to go wrong up in the hills and it's a good idea to have a friend to help you out.
The restaurant is just like you expect it to be: clean, beautiful and very classy and for the night you get a waiter who looks after your every need. The restaurant has ceiling to floor windows overlooking Adelaide and retractable roofs that showcase a full glass ceiling that gives you a view of the night sky. The restaurant has a huge free car park, so don't worry about parking and many more features that make it remarkable.
View from Windy Point Restaurant , its even better as the sun goes down and the lights are shining.
The Foods of Festival Voucher comes through the mail and gives diners a choice of many fine restaurants at a cheaper price, the voucher gets you a sharing plate for entree, a choice of main meal from around 5 choices and petite fours. Anyhow as we were a group larger than 10 people, the main meal choice was different for us, instead of a choice per individual we got a plate of food with 3 samples each, that is the only con of using the Food of Festival Voucher. Therefore I suggest that you go with a small group to have a choice for your main meal.
To start us off we had olive bread with Hindmarsh Island butter with Volcanic salt (which was incredible!) and vinegar and then a sharing platter of (please forgive me I can't remember the exact names); a pork belly croquette which was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, a smoked barramundi tart, which was insanely fishy making it quite difficult to eat due to its strong flavour and a shot of cauliflower soup which was smooth and beautiful with a hint of spices. It didn't seem like a lot of food, but boy oh boy were we full after the entree. Entrees without the voucher are about $20-$30 each.
Entree Sharing Platter- from top to bottom - Shot of Cauliflower Soup, Smoked Barramundi Tart, Pork Belly Croquette.
The main meal was like the entree such that there were three 'small' meals to taste: we had a Steak- which comes out medium so remember to let them know if you want it a certain way, a corn pie which had a very rich filling and duck which didn't live up to others I have had. I think the fact that they were trying to get out so many meals out at the same time limited the quality of the food which was a disappointment. The food was good but it was hard to get through as we had already eaten so much prior to the main meal, so if you are doing the Food and Festival Voucher, maybe don't eat for a couple of hours beforehand to have some space for all this. Main meals without the Voucher are in the $40-$50 range.
Main Meal Platter: from top to bottom: Duck Leg, Corn Pie and Steak
Now for dessert, this was the highlight of the night for many of us. The food at Windy Point was good but it felt like there was too much and therefore there wasn't a great enjoyment in eating it as you were simply trying to get through it all.
For dessert it is an extra $9.95 per person with your Food of Festival Voucher but if you went without it, I believe it is around $15-$30 each. For us we once again had a platter, there was a cappuccino cup: a cup made of chocolate with a cappuccino flavoured mousse which for me didn't have the 'hit' of coffee I expected it to and a chocolate mouse cake which made up for the cappuccino cup because it was extraordinary, it was amazing, smooth and incredible, I could eat it all day and a cheesecake with a chocolate nest which was rich but nothing you couldn't buy from the cheesecake shop.
Dessert Platter: Cappuccino Cup, Chocolate Mousse Cake and Cheesecake
After Dessert we got a plate of Petite Fours to share and they were nice enough to personalise as they knew we were celebrating. The petite Fours were amazing, they were a great way to end the night and the added personal touch made it wonderful.
Overall, Windy Point is a great restaurant, it isn't a place I would go on a weekly basis but somewhere that is fit for those special occasions - I mean look at the view. Remember to go to the lookout after your meal to have a good look at the lights, it's well worth it.
The one thing I would say is that it felt as if some Windy Point staff were opposed to having a group of 18 or so year olds at the restaurant which made us feel very uneasy, but our waiter was so nice that other staff members attitude was washed away. Other than that, I recommend the restaurant to anyone!