I’ve had some ordinary experiences at hotel restaurants so in the back of my mind there’s always been a bit of reluctance to go to the Mayflower. Located in the basement of the newly built Mayfair Hotel, this restaurant and bar exudes a sense of opulence as you walk in. The long bar, the grand piano and the couches create a sense of elegance and sophistication. A divider separates the restaurant from the bar, but the integration between the two is seamless.
The menu offers a lot of choice but is not over extensive. Customers can select from a range of starters, salads, seafood options, grilled meats and mains. Tonight, I opted for the Lamb Wellington and Minted Peas, while my friend ordered the 500g T-Bone Steak. We were told there would be a 45 minute wait for the cooking of the steak so there were no surprises with the long wait.
When my main finally arrived, I was pleased with the presentation. Inside the firm, flaky pastry was a lean, well seasoned, perfectly cooked piece of lamb. On top of the lamb were finally chopped mushrooms which were soft and delicate. It was hearty and delicious, and was complimented by the refreshing mint pea mash and gravy.
My friend had the 500g T-Bone Steak with Cafe de Paris butter. For a decent sized steak there was surprisingly very little bone. The steak was cooked medium rare as requested and I was told it was very well executed.
Desserts at the Mayflower are delivered via a trolley. For dessert, I had the Chocolate Tart. Not the usual tart I was expecting but very good none the less. On top was a soft, delicate chocolate mousse sitting on a thick, firm, biscuit base.
My friend had the Orange Almond Cake with marshmallow meringue and lemon curd. While I didn’t get to try it, I was told it was delicious.
There were many things that were outstanding about the night. The staff were really friendly and the service was excellent. Our drinks were constantly refilled from the moment we sat down right up until the time we left. They had waiters standing in the background looking for customers that needed attention. Plates were cleared as we finished each course and even the bill was placed on our table, ready for us to pay when we were done.
The atmosphere was very relaxed. I really liked the piano music playing in the background and the dim lighting makes this place ideal for that special romantic dinner. As far as pricing goes, it is a bit dearer than your typical restaurant but it doesn’t go overboard. The Lamb Wellington was $34, the 500g T-Bone $41 and all the desserts were $11. Not a bad price if you take everything into account.
It’s not your Windy Point or Red Ochre with magnificent views, but it’s not that far off either.
WHERE: 45 King William St, Adelaide