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Review: The Earl of Aberdeen

With a large and varied range of dishes, the menu at The Earl of Aberdeen has a dish to suit every taste. The famous Coopers Alehouse Schnitzel has become an Adelaide legend, but there is a more refined side to dining at the Earl. Glam Adelaide sent Food and Wine Editor Paul Wood to get a taste of The Earl menu, this is his review.

We are seated in the more formal of the two dining areas, a courtyard bistro setting with a rustic feel and a huge wood pizza oven on one of the walls, encouraging us to check out the list of wood oven pizzas on the menu first. With options including potato, talleggio & prosciutto, or smoked duck with roasted beetroot and goat cheese, it is difficult to pass these up, but we are here for some serious lunch time dining.

For entrée we share the hot smoked Atlantic salmon, with celery heart, bacon and white anchovy along with a soy braised duck leg with Chinese coleslaw. This is a delicious piece of duck, perfectly infused with flavour and so tender the meat just falls off the bone. As duck goes, we couldn’t have asked for better, even had we been dining at an eatery in China. From the extensive wine list that is largely Australian with a few internationals joining the party, we complement these two well seasoned dishes with a Pikes Riesling from the Clare Valley; a match made in Asian-fusion heaven.

The special of the day catches our eye for the main course and we share an Asian style cotechino salad. Cotechino is a sausage similar to salami, which makes what could be a regular salad dish stand up and be counted. A wonderful cheese platter to complete our meal, featuring locally sourced cheese and produce, served with a couple of cheeky glasses of Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris to top our lunch off perfectly.

The Earl of Aberdeen is located at 316 Pulteney Street, Adelaide and is open everyday for lunch or dinner.

For more information please visit http://www.coopersalehouse.net or phone (08) 8223 6433

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