Adelaide Food Central was invited to sample The Highway’s chilli themed menu as part of “Hot August Nights” and “Chilli for Charity” for the month of August. All food and drink were provided free of charge.
If you’re like me, I tend to go out less during the Winter season due to the cold weather. The Highway have tried to get us out of hibernation by continuing their inaugural “Hot August Nights” with a delicious chilli themed menu and Winter cocktails. They’re also involved in “Chilli for Charity” where $1 from every meal purchased is donated to the Hutt St Centre to raise money for those less fortunate.
First up was the Beef, Bean and Chilli Soup. Very similar to a Chilli Con Carne, this well seasoned mixture of mince and beans has a lovely kick to it. It was a such a delicous and hearty dish.
The Chilli Octopus was served with a poached egg, black garlic, almond and potato foam. Who would have thought that combining octopus with egg would work so well? The firm, spicy octopus matched perfectly with the silky smooth texture of the yolk. The black garlic looks like vegemite, but surprisingly adds plenty of depth to this unique dish.
The Szechuan Pepper Braised Pork Ribs is an Asian inspired version of the classic American dish. The meat was tender and succulent, and simply fell of the bone. The sauce had a subtle sweetness and was finger licking good.
The Korean Chilli Rubbed Chicken is another Asian inspired dish on their menu. The chicken was perfectly cooked and was so juicy and succulent. The rub on the service had a subtle kick to it and was well complimented by the firm sauteed greens. The sherry caramel sauce was nice but I felt it could have been more reduced and generously applied.
The Burning Beef Burger is fairly self explanatory. Packed with jalapeno and the optional ghost chilli sauce, this burger is set to make you sweat like you’re in the sauna. The burger itself was well executed. The beef patty was well seasoned, and the lettuce was fresh and crisp. The brioche bun was nice and buttery, and firm enough to hold all the ingredients in.
Last but not least was the dessert. The Chilli Chocolate Fondant comes with a house made vanilla bean ice cream and chilli roasted almonds. The fondant was soft and moist, and had a lovely liquid chocolate centre. This was well complimented by the sweetness of the ice cream, and the subtle spicy flavour inside the almonds.
Some people might be put off by a chilli menu because they don’t like the heat, but let me assure you that these dishes don’t go overboard (although it’s strongly recommended you stay away from the ghost chilli in the burger). Not only will these dishes heat things up during the Winter period, but money from each dish will go to a worthy cause. Now isn’t worth coming to The Highway for?
WHERE: 290 Anzac Highway, Plympton