East of Norman is a brand new kitchen and bar on the verge of its official opening and can be found on Sturt Street, and as the name suggests, just east of Norman Street in the city. There is plenty of nearby street parking which is a definite plus for diners. East of Norman currently offer a breakfast menu and coffee, pizzas and small tapas style plates perfect for sharing, with their intent to expand the menu in line with evening trading hours. The pizza choices at East of Norman are diverse and not your typical toppings. Take for instance the pork belly with house made BBQ sauce, spring onion, coriander and enoki mushroom pizza, or the prawn, zucchini and mint pizza. The small plates also follow this concept of diversity, with options like venison and emu carpaccio with cumquat or the tempered okra with chilli jam. Adelaide Food Central had the opportunity to sample some of their breakfast menu items. All food and drinks were provided free of charge.
The first thing you notice about East of Norman is its ability to bring the outside in. The eatery is surrounded on two sides by almost floor to ceiling panes of glass that can be cleverly opened to create a very light and airy space, perfect for summertime ‘alfresco-type’ dining. Seating options are divided between small and large tables, bar style wooden benches and stools that overlook the street and stools that adorn the central bar. The interior design is sleek, yet stylish and very ‘on-trend’ with rose gold chrome trimmings which work well with the vintage style pendant overhead lighting.
To begin with we sampled the braised lima beans, chorizo and baked egg served with a side of crunchy sourdough toast and literally ‘a round’ of butter. This dish was like a fancy version of baked beans. The egg was cooked perfectly and oozed over the lima beans once it was broken. Personally, I would have loved to see some more chorizo in this dish.
Next we had the confit mushrooms served with polenta, baby spinach and Persian feta. This was by far my favourite dish! The confit mushrooms were buttery on the palate and soft in texture, whilst the polenta ‘toast’ at the base of the dish was crunchy and reminded me of polenta chips you often eat at tapas restaurants. All of these components were complemented by the smooth, yet sharp tasting Persian feta.
Finally, we tasted the smashed avocado with lime, chilli and coriander served with tomato relish and rye toast. For me this dish was a textural delight. The avocado was smooth and creamy, whilst the spring onions gave the smash a crunchy texture. The tomato relish was a nice twist to this breakfast staple.
One thing to point out is that all of the breakfast menu items we sampled were beautifully presented with subtle, yet effective pops of colour, which meant the dishes were equally pleasing to the eyes as they were to the palate.
The service at East of Norman was prompt and friendly and the prices fair, ranging from $10 to the mid-twenties. Of note were the white cloth napkins we were presented with, a rare find at similar eateries. East of Norman is sure to become a popular spot for the local residents of Sturt Street and surrounds. I look forward to dining again at East of Norman on a warm summer’s night and tasting one of their pizzas over a glass or two of wine.
Adelaide Food Central would like to thank Paul and his friendly team at East of Norman for their hospitality.
Words by Kelly Betterman
WHERE: 38 Sturt St, Adelaide