After more than six months of hype surrounding the construction site at Topham Mall, Lady Burra has finally flung open the doors to the people of Adelaide.
Adelaide city’s first and only fully functioning microbrewery, located in the transforming thoroughfare between Currie and Waymouth Streets, connects the developing Riverbank precinct with some of Adelaide’s most trendiest and newest small bars, restaurants and cafes.
The painted walls of the outdoor area claim you’re there to fall in love, and fall in love we did.
With four house brews (you can literally view the brewery from your seat at the bar) and two guest taps that will all be rotated, you’re sure to fall in love each and every time you visit.
Lady Burra currently offers an American Pale Ale, Red Irish Ale, Pilsener and Dark Ale. The team understand that decisions can be hard to make so they’ve solved the problem by giving you an option of a tasting paddle featuring all four.
Of course the highlight of the experience is the house brewed beers, but the experienced bar staff offer a full service cocktail and ‘brewtail’ bar, with service extending from breakfast through to the wee hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings for the socially dedicated contingent.
The space itself is impressive; vast walls bearing a painted mural of Lady Burra – looking over the diners as they feast on chef Rosa Dantas’ Portuguese influenced food.
The fit out features a blend of beams from the Wallaroo Jetty and industrial metal scaffolding, with a large indoor area casually opening up into the adjacent converted laneway to create a welcoming and warm place to spend your winter nights. (We of course also foresee this to be a venue frequented during Adelaide’s warm and sunnier months).
With two wood ovens in full view, the menu offers home made breads, pizza, empanadas, ribs and wings among other delectable treats. Diners would also be encouraged to check out Rosa’s specials for something, well, special.
Flames, liquid nitrogen or sparklers, everyone loves theatrics so naturally, the Flaming Portuguese Chorizos were the perfect start as they were set alight at the main bar.
The Flamed Portuguese Chorizo were then sliced up and served with house made Garlic Bread. The chorizo boasted lovely smokey flavours and was complimented well with the crusty garlic bread seasoned with herbs.
The Breaded Chicken Breast was slightly fried, just like a chicken schnitzel. Whilst I would have preferred the chicken to be warmer, the flavour was great. The dish was served with two dipping sauces: chilli aioli, and garlic and cheese.
The Steak and Cheese Empanada was simply amazing. Hidden inside a lightly browned pastry shell was tender, succulent, well marinated chunks of steak in a lovely thick gravy. I could have eaten these all night.
Next were the Brazilian Bread and Bacon Wrapped Meatballs. I’m already familiar with Brazilian Bread and I must say, these were well executed. The bread was nice and spongy, and the cheese centre was well infused and created a nice gooey texture. The meatballs were well seasoned and juicy, and the saltiness from the bacon was well balanced by the sweetness of the special tomato sauce.
The Fried Pork in Coffee Sauce looked like a casserole dish. The pork was tender and succulent but I unfortunately failed to detect any flavours of coffee in this dish.
Cooked in their dual wood ovens was a selection of pizzas. The crust was nice and thin, and the smokey flavours in the pizza base were prominent. The simplicity and freshness of the ingredients in the Margarita pizza really shone through.
Mushroom Pizza is always my favourite and this one was no exception. The distinct mild nutty flavour of the fontina cheese was matched perfectly with the parsley and oregano. This was well balanced by the subtle saltiness of the olives.
The Chicken Pizza consisted of tender, succulent morsels of chicken that had a lovely chargrilled flavour. This was complimented by the natural sweetness of the red capsicum and the perfectly gooey texture of mozzarella cheese.
The last of the gourmet pizzas was the Vegetarian. The mushrooms were so juicy and succulent that it really didn’t need any other toppings.
In true Rosa fashion (and for those already familiar with her sweet treats at the Flinders Street Market), the Portuguese Custard Tarts were out of this world. Inside a lightly browned puff pastry shell was subtly sweet creamy custard. How anyone could stop at one is beyond me.
Truth be told, I’m not a fan of chocolate mousse. But this, this was smooth, decadent and very chocolatey. I have been converted but the standard has been set high, very high.
Dessert did not stop there with the Parfait Lady Burra knocking my socks off. Below the smooth silky cream was a combination of light and airy sponge cake and a rich velvety mousse. It’s got the looks and the flavours to back it up.
Last but not least was the classic Nutella Pizza. Sitting on top of their smokey flavoured thin style crust were generous amounts of nutella. Let’s be honest here, anything with nutella tastes great and this is no different. I’ve had Nutella Pizzas at other places but I feel this is a true representation of what one should taste like.
If you still can’t work out what to eat at Lady Burra, just leave it to Rosa herself. She’ll make sure you’re well fed.
Words by Allison Kane
WHERE: 4 Topham Mall, Adelaide