Last night, Adelaide Food Central was invited to sample The Highway’s “Mushroom Month” menu. All food and drink were provided free of charge.
For the fifth year running, The Highway Hotel is giving customers the chance to get their vitamin B fix by celebrating “Mushroom Month” with a selection of dishes that feature nature’s hidden treasure. Mushrooms are high in protein and low in calories which is perfect for someone who eats out a lot and is watching their weight. Mushrooms have been have been incorporated into the entrees and mains, and even dessert!
The Field Mushroom Soup is served with creme fraiche and crispy shallots. A nice thick hearty soup that is rich and full of flavour. The firm and slightly chewy morsels of mushroom are well balanced by the crunchy texture of the crispy shallots.
The King Brown Salad is accompanied by parsnip skordalia, hazelnuts and watercress. Such a light and refreshing salad. The subtle woody flavour of the mushrooms was complimented by the skordalia which had subtle notes of garlic. The crunchiness of the hazelnuts and watercress added a contrast to the texture profile.
The Portobello Burger consists of onion rings, cheddar, truffle aioli and mustard in a brioche bun. Who ever thought vegetarian burgers could taste so good? The sweetness of the portobello mushroom was complimented by that of the onion rings. The sharp taste of the cheddar combined well with the aioli and mustard to give it a pleasant and unique taste.
The Wild Porcini Gnocchi was my favourite dish of the night. The potato dumplings were cooked to perfection, and the white wine and gorgonzola cream was to die for!
The Shimeji and Confit Duck Leg was served with pink oyster mushrooms and pea veloute. The duck was tender and succulent, and well complimented by the two types of mushrooms. The oyster mushrooms were firm while the shimeji added a nice crunchy texture. The pea veloute was creamy and full of flavour, and was one of the many stars of this dish.
The Button Mushroom and Chocolate Espresso Cake came with a meringue and truffle ice cream. The cake was soft and moist with subtle hint of coffee flavour. I couldn’t really tell there were mushrooms in there, but then again, I didn’t care. I personally like anything with truffle in it and I must say, the truffle ice cream was amazing!
The Highway have done it again with a creative and delicious mushroom menu. Mushroom Month will be held at The Highway for all of July in the bistro and lounge bar.
Words by Linh Nguyen
WHERE: 290 Anzac Highway, Plympton