Adelaide Food Central was lucky enough to attend the launch of the Yellowglen Sparkling Bar and Summer Menu at The Gully Hotel. I cannot stress how much I loved The Gully Hotels look; with an award winning beer garden that will blow your socks off, high ceilings and exposed wooden beams it really played on the location.
Now I wasn’t sure if it was the lovely company, the glass of Sparkling on arrival, the very appealing menu, or all of the above that had me a little excited for the night ahead.
To start, the group shared Crunchy Bruschetta topped with caramelised onion, prosciutto, fetta, tomato and basil, and I say to this group of foods the same thing I would have said to The Backstreet Boys; ‘please never, ever breakup!’ With a great balance of fresh flavours it was the perfect start to a Summer Menu, I could see myself with a drink in one hand, bruschetta in the other and some funky tunes in the background.
Choosing an entrée, main and dessert took a little effort. How can you see the words ‘Crispy Pork Belly’, ‘House Made Gnocchi’, ‘Lemon Meringue Pie’, ‘Orange Caramel Sauce’ and be expected to choose just ONE from each! Although in case you were wondering I pulled through, it was tough but I remembered I was with a good friend and sharing is caring right?!
For entrée I had the Grilled Haloumi with a watermelon salad and tabouli style quinoa. The first thing I noticed was the watermelon wasn’t just watermelon! It had a slight Sambuca taste which took the salad to another level; this along with the quinoa helped to cut through the saltiness of the haloumi. Each course was matched with a Yellowglen cocktail, for entrée we were served Pink Champagne with fresh lime; this complemented the dish quite well.
I was certainly spoilt for choice with the mains; Salmon, Crispy Pork Belly, House Made Gnocchi and Lamb Cutlets. Being a pasta enthusiast I couldn’t look past the Gnocchi served with slow cooked veal, tomato and onion ragu finished with sugar snap peas and spinach. Not only was it delicious, there was so much of it! I couldn’t get through the generous serving, the gnocchi was perfectly cooked; soft to bite into with absolutely no sticky/glugginess… not sure if that’s a word but those of you that eat gnocchi know what I’m talking about! The little sugar snap peas added a little crunch to the melt-in-your-mouth ragu. The Main was served with a Hendricks Gin cocktail with Pink Sparkling, cucumber and mint on ice; a very refreshing, aromatic drink.
When it came to dessert I was thanking my lucky stars that I had a friend to share with. I ordered the Lemon Meringue Pie; a light Italian meringue over a tangy lemon curd. I was also able to dabble in the Milk Chocolate Panna Cotta served with raspberries and an orange-caramel sauce. And yes, they were both as tasty as they sound. The lemon curd was tart and the strong lemon flavour lingered in the mouth, delicious! The Panna Cotta was the stand out dish for me, it was smooth and creamy, the chocolate flavour was strong and the orange caramel sauce wasn’t too over-powering. Even though the raspberries weren’t in the description I think they should be; the amazingly fresh little berries complimented the chocolate in a way that only raspberries and chocolate can.
I urge all of you to head down to The Gully Hotel this summer; try the food, sit back in the gorgeous beer garden and of course grab some bubbly in the new Yellowglen Sparkling Bar.
Words and Photos by Chelsea Thomas
WHERE: 1349 North East Rd, Tea Tree Gully