The opening of The Collins Bar inside the Hilton has been a real success story for the global hotel chain. Feeding off the popularity of the trendy bar comes a new refurbished restaurant, Coal Cellar and Grill. The new space is stylish and sophisticated with raw and simple lines. Features include marble, granite, leather, natural timber and custom made furniture, all seamlessly integrated. The highlights for me were the 3000 bottle cellar which houses 500 varieties of wine from around the world, and of course the charcoal grill, hence the name of the establishment.
At Coal Cellar and Grill, the food is about the celebration of South Australian produce. The menu is decent with a good selection of starters, salads, mains and dishes off the charcoal grill. Like all good restaurants, they also have an express lunch menu which is the choice of 4 mains and a beverage for $25. Not having much time on my hands, I decided to opt for the latter and ordered the Pan Seared Huon Salmon. The dish came out 15 minutes after ordering and was beautifully presented. The salmon was soft, delicate and perfectly cooked. The skin was nice and crispy, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The spinach was firm and leafy, and the subtly sweet madeira caramel added depth to the dish.
Dining at Coal Cellar and Grill was such a pleasant experience. The staff were helpful, friendly and attentive, and they didn’t even mind me taking my dish to another table just to get that perfect photograph. The atmosphere was relaxed even with the busy lunch time crowd. The lunch was delicious and well executed, and I could find very little to fault.
This place is good, very good. Highly recommended.
WHERE: 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide