Citrus has come in at the top of the culinary stack in the CMI Toyota Best Adelaide Restaurant competition, as voted by the Adelaide public. The Highway Hotel Bistro came in a close second. Glam Adelaide decided to check out both of these restaurants to see what all the fuss was about, and were pleasantly indulged with what they had on offer.
Citrus has established itself as a very well known Adelaide restaurant. Located in an 1880’s heritage listed and redesigned building in the Hutt Street dining precinct, and offering superb meals whether you are dining there for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Having just launched their new winter menu, we were excited to see the new dishes coming out of the Citrus kitchen.
Entrée included baked cauliflower and tallegio tart and spiced ricotta and butternut stuffed zucchini flowers, perfectly matched with a Yangarra Rousanne wine. We were impressed with the pork risotto for mains, along with the seared snapper with lemon myrtle infused seafood and chick pea stew.
When you dine at Citrus, you should never leave without eating dessert. These spectacular desserts are innovative and exciting. The Citrus brulee with beetroot and vanilla sorbet and poached pear is a taste sensation, and the apple and chamomile tart with poached rhubarb and honey mascarpone is a deconstructed delight.
It’s no wonder that eating at Citrus is Adelaide’s favourite dining experience. They have a brilliant wine list, lining up local favourites against some international surprises, and most importantly an exciting menu which makes the most of local seasonal produce and shows off the obvious talents of the Citrus kitchen.
Our waiter greeted us at the door of the Highway Hotel Bistro and showed us to a table by the stunning fireplace. The Highway’s design led the way for hotels across the state when it underwent a transformation a few years ago, with its chic styling and contemporary finish. The menu contains a number of traditional hotel favourites, but the main focus of the bistro menu is to pull together the talents in the kitchen. A meld of flavours from Italian to Indian, and everything in between.
Opting for the ricotta stuffed zucchini flowers for entrée and a black angus sirloin steak to follow, these dishes were well prepared and perfectly cooked. Topped off only by the rich chocolate tart and vanilla brulee that we devoured for dessert. With a vegetarian in the mix, we were presented with a special order of a risotto filled capsicum for entrée, and were excited by the delicious baked vegetarian moussaka, which is a new addition to their winter menu. Our meals were matched with some great SA wines including one of our favourites, an Ashton Hills Pinot Noir.
The dining experience at the Highway Hotel Bistro was certainly as good as any of Adelaide’s top restaurants. Their service is commendable and the food delicious. When dining here you wouldn’t be alone in mistaking this hotel bistro for a restaurant of a much higher calibre.
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