Certainly not new to the food and wine business, the Publishers Hotel let us in on a little food secret last night – their new menu. Glam Adelaide were lucky enough to get a sneak peek and we were treated to an absolute feast. We are still full this morning…
Unless you have been living under a rock you would have heard of their function space The Published Arthouse on Cannon Street, which has hosted some cracking events recently. Well the Publishers Hotel is connected to that space and can be found on the corner of Franklin street and an eclectic little lane just minutes out of the main CBD (making it much easier to park, too).
Having been given a glimpse of the menu prior to our arrival it is fair to say that our mouths, stomachs, minds and stretchy pants were at the ready for the deliciousness that would ensue. With plump and juicy smoked oysters perfectly paired with The Lane Vineyard’s Lois Sparkling Blanc De Blanc.on arrival, we knew that the night was just getting started.
Many of the dishes were smoked in-house which is a technique favoured by Chef Dan. Very impressive (with super tasty results).
Of the four (yes four!) delicious entrees we tried, our pick was speck-wrapped quail with fennel puree and kumera crisps (dehydrated in-house, of course). The mains offered something for every taste – local SA Kangaroo with candied cumquats, Pork Belly cooked for 16 hours, tender Spatchcock with a quinoa and puffed rice pilaf. But the standout was the Gnocchi Romana, with crispy silverbeet, lightly pickled carrot, fennel puree and pine nuts. It was lighter than expected, made from semolina rather than the traditional potato, and just dee-vine.
Lucky the gnocchi was light because it was time for the Piece de Resistance…. A Picnic Bar for dessert. Yes, you read that right. Served to show off each individual element, we had a rich and velvety chocolate mousse on top of chewy caramel with scattered tuile and chocolate almonds. You could just hear a long and harmonious “mmmmmmm” descend down the table as plates were licked clean.
While keen not to pigeonhole their style, the restaurant is predominantly beautiful Modern Australian food but with a rustic, comforting approach to presentation. You could bring Grandma here for lunch and she would be chuffed and it would be equally suitable for a relaxed business dinner. Get down to The Publishers, we will most certainly be heading back even if it is just for that epic dessert!