Bistro Dom is a place that I’ve looked forward to coming to for quite some time. Everybody that I know that has been there has simply raved about it.
The establishment is very long and skinny. The bar and dining area is in a space that is three metres wide. Dining tables run along the centre with bench seating on one side and normal seats on the other. A narrow walkway leads from the front to the kitchen area at the rear. The tables were so close to each other, you could listen in to the conversations of your neighbours. Mirrors are used on one of the main walls to give a sense of space, but blind Freddy would be feeling claustrophobic. There’s artwork strewn along the walls and available for purchase if you like them. At the rear wall is a chalkboard with the dessert menu. My 20-20 vision can read what it says from the other end of the room, but the group that I’m with suffer from failing eye sight in their old age, and have no such luck.
We ordered a couple of Espresso Martinis. It’s not on the cocktail menu, but it’s one of the three cocktails that they will make for you. It wasn’t very well made as too much espresso was added.
On each table is a plate of complimentary olives and salami. The olives varied in shape and size. Some were salty, some were fruity and some were smooth. The salami was a bit dry which indicated they were sliced hours earlier.
Every table gets served complimentary Fish Consume. The cup was hot and the consume was refreshing. You could taste the flavours of the ocean.
Every table also gets the standard complimentary bread. The bread was spongey with a nice firm crust. It reminded me of the corn bread I recently had at a Serbian restaurant. The butter was soft and silky smooth, and complimented the bread well.
For my main, I had the Coorong Mulloway which was very well presented. The fish fillet was soft and delicate, and well cooked. The skin could have been a bit more crispier and I found several fish bones in my fillet which I wasn’t impressed with. The dish was topped off with pieces of squid that were tender and succulent. The cauliflower was nice and firm, and added a nice crunchy texture. The quinoa sauce at the base of the dish was well balanced and full of flavour.
The Pork Belly came with burnt crisps, cauliflower and burnt lemon. I was told the pork was perfectly cooked and the skin was nice and crunchy. Three quarters of the way into the meal, my friend found a strand of hair in the dish and this was one of the main factors that ruined her dining experience. We weren’t charged for this dish and rightfully so.
The Lamb Rump came with lentils, walnuts, onions and ash. The lamb was well cooked but very fatty and slightly under seasoned. The lentils were good and the walnuts added a nice crunchy texture. The use of ash is supposed to add a bitter and smokey flavour to the food, but I’d like to know the health effects of eating it.
The Beef was served with rye, spinach and horse radish. The meat was perfectly cooked. It was nice and crispy on the outside, while medium rare in the centre. It was the only dish out of the four that there weren’t issues with.
I thought the service here was appalling. There was one waitress who clearly did not enjoy her job and our table received attitude from her the entire night. You could actually feel the tension and we just did not feel welcome at this place. Our enquiry about the 5 course menu resulted in a heated discussion about dietary requirements, and in the end we chose not to spend $85 per head.
One friend was keen on having the duck after having seen the menu online. She was then disappointed to find that the menu changes on a daily basis and the dish that she wanted wasn’t available. We had cloth napkins that weren’t placed on our laps, and the staff at times were inattentive.
The seats are way too close together and we found the place to be very noisy. The cost of my main was $36.90 plus an extra $8 for the side. I’m a firm believer that a single main should be sufficient to keep you satisfied, and if you’re charging fine dining prices, the meal should be close to perfect. It failed in both cases and on so many other levels. We were planning on having dessert here but we felt our money was better spent elsewhere.
Verdict: Just two doors down there is a better fine dining restaurant.
WHERE: 24 Waymouth St, Adelaide