Adelaide Food Central was invited to the launch of the new menu at The Curious Squire. All food and drink were provided free of charge.
With Head Chef and Pitmaster, Drew Akin at the helm, and the use of a Yoder Durango Vertical Offset Smoker, The Curious Squire have introduced a new Southern American style menu. Customers can now enjoy what the Americans have been having for so long with slow cooked barbecue meats that include Beef Brisket, Smoked Chicken, Pulled Pork, and Honey Bourbon Salmon. On top of that, there are snacks such as Fried Green Tomatoes, Buffalo Wings, Mozzarella Sticks, Fried Pickles and Cheese Fries.
For starters, we had the Fried Green Tomatoes. I personally wouldn’t have thought to deep fry tomato slices but the taste wasn’t too bad. Inside the firm and crisp coating was a soft and juicy centre that had a slight sourness.
The Sweet Potato Chips are a classic side dish that is now sold at many places. Cut into nice long thin strips, they had a lovely natural sweetness, although they were a little softer than expected.
The Smokey Pulled Pork Quesadilla was very well executed. The pork was well marinated, tender and succulent and had lovely smokey flavours. The inclusion of jalapeno added bursts of excitement which was neutralised by the sour cream.
The Fried Chicken and Waffles was what everyone was waiting for. It was interesting to see how the sweet and savoury combination were going to work together and to my surprise, I enjoyed it. There were all these different flavours and textures that balanced each other out. There was the sweetness of the maple syrup on the waffle, saltiness of the bacon, sourness of the gherkin and the savoury fried chicken. I’d certainly have this again.
The final dish was the Cajun Blacked Kingfish. The Kingfish was cooked perfectly as it had lovely crispy skin encasing a soft delicate flesh. It was slightly on the salty side but this was balanced the fresh sweet corn salsa.
Dessert was a Marshmallow and Nutella S’More. How could you possibly go wrong when you combine nutella with roasted marshmallow? Wedged between two Arnotts biscuits, the filling was soft, gooey and sickly sweet. One bite and the biscuit falls apart and the filling goes everywhere. It was certainly both a new experience and a sweet delight at the same time.
If you look around at the food scene in Adelaide, Southern American style food is definitely lacking. Pop-up restaurants such as Zu Zu Mamou proved very popular because there was nothing like it. The new menu at The Curious Squire is a game changer with customers now being able to enjoy authentic southern style snacks and dishes.
WHERE: 10 O’Connell St, North Adelaide