There have been a few changes to Festival of Food this year. First of all, the Festival of Food season has started earlier this year and is running for a period of 4 months. Secondly, it now comes in the form of a smartphone app and validation is done by punching a code for that particular restaurant. The participating restaurants are still the same, as is the format. As I’ve already covered The Playford (formerly known as the Sebel Playford and the Radisson Playford) in my previous reviews, I’ll get straight into the food.
To start off, we had the 18 Hour House Baked Agave Nectar and Oat Sourdough Loaf with Hindmarsh Valley Diary Cultured Salted Butter. The bread was freshly baked and arrived at our tables piping hot. It was soft and spongey with a subtle hint of sweetness.
The Entree Tasting Plate consisted of Smoked Barramundi, Goat’s Cheese Mousse and a Lamb Belly Fritter.
The Smoked Barramundi, Apple Kimchi and Miso was the highlight of the Entree Tasting Plate. The barramundi was soft and delicate, and the kimchi had a wonderful combination of spicy and sour.
The Goat’s Cheese Mousse, Radicchio, Basil and Lemon Jam was beautiful in presentation. The mousse was light and fluffy, and the radicchio was crunchy without the bitterness. The herby basil was a good contrast to the tartness of the lemon jam.
The Lamb Belly Fritter is a variation of dishes that I’ve had in the past as part of Festival of Food. Inside the firm crunchy exterior were soft delicate strands of lamb. Mint and lamb go hand in hand, but I failed to taste any of it inside the paloise.
For dinner, I had the Middle Eastern Atlantic Salmon Fillet with wild quinoa, parsley, apple and radish salad with a garlic yoghurt. Amidst the spices was a perfectly cooked salmon fillet that had a lovely pink centre. The salad was bright and colourful, and would be a perfect part of any clean eating menu. The various flavours and textures of the salad make this dish a masterpiece.
The Crispy Loukoumi Pork Belly was served with a rhubarb jam, pulled pork wonton and caramelised cauliflower. The pork belly was well seasoned and the skin was perfectly crisp. The meat was well complimented by the sweetness of the jam. The wonton skin was nice and firm, and inside was a lovely sweet pulled pork. An unexpected addition to the dish that was surprisingly good.
The Manning Valley Beef Rump was served with a beef chorizo cigar, eggplant, garlic buttermilk and jus. The beef was tender and succulent, and had a lovely pinkish centre. This was well balanced by the combination of the buttermilk and jus.
The Baby Potatoes were served with sour cream, capers and green peppercorns. This was nice and could be considered a glorified version of potato wedges.
For dessert, we started off with the Chocolate, Hazelnut and Orange Delice. The dessert had a very thick consistency and was reminiscent of wedding cake.
The Warm Toffee Cake came with an organic orange curd, salted walnut and cardamom ice cream. The cake was soft and spongey, and it’s sweetness was complimented by the orange curd and ice cream. The salted walnut provided a contrast in flavour which made this dessert work.
The Clean Eating Banana Chocolate is as healthy as a dessert will get. It consists of a cacao avocado mousse, caramel popcorn and chocolate crunchy. The mousse was smooth and silky, and you could just tell it was made from mashed up avocado. The chocolatey goodness was further complimented by the sweet caramel popcorn and crunchy chocolate pieces. Lovers of chocolate will be a fan of this dish.
The dessert of the night was the Twisted Ferrero Rocher which consisted of a dark Callebaut terrine, cacao ice cream and hazelnuts. This beautifully presented dessert was a deconstructed Ferrero Rocher with ice cream. All the components of this dish were fantastic, from the sweetness of the ice cream and terrine, to the crunchiness of the hazelnuts.
The staff were so friendly and accommodating, and the service was simply outstanding. From the placing of cloth napkins on our laps to the prompt delivery of food and drinks, the service for the entire night was faultless. I particularly liked how they offered a staging table for us take photos and the level of rapport was quite good. The ambience was fantastic, and of course, the pricing was reasonable. The total cost of dinner for myself including an extra dessert was $49.50. Not bad for an exceptional experience!
WHERE: 120 North Tce, Adelaide