Adelaide Food Central were invited to a very special dinner last night at the newly renovated and opened Coal Cellar and Grill at the Hilton Hotel Adelaide. Their menu highlights the best South Australian produce featuring their charcoal grill and rotisserie. They also have 500 wine labels available, majority South Australian and a beautiful cellar on display in the restaurant. They are all about offering more than just a dining experience. Offering wines from the vineyards of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale to the olive groves and coastal regions of the Eyre Peninsula, Coal Cellar and Grill are seriously SA focused.
For starters we were offered a vast selection of dishes including Seared Kingfish, Squid Ink Ocean Trout, Duck Terrine, Hand Cut Wagyu Tartar and Sangria Marinated Watermelon. The stand out of these dishes was definitely the Seared Kingfish with lime leaf and Thai basil, roasted peanuts and fragrant potato. This dish was so fresh and flavoursome, I was a little disappointed I had to share with the others on my table to be honest. The use of herbs, chilli and peanuts complimented the fish well which was also cooked to perfection. This was a dish I couldn’t stop thinking about during the whole dinner and would happily eat again and again.
Next were mains and it’s safe to say we weren’t short of food and our table was absolutely full. The central feature of our mains was no doubt the humungous Angus Pure Grass Fed Tomahawk Steak, which literally took up half of the table and was basically the size of a small child. This was served with Hollandaise sauce and aged stout Mustard and was cooked to medium rare. It was a great theatrical feature to the dinner.
Also featured during mains were a Whole Baby Barramundi, Wagyu Rump, Paringa Farms Lamb Cutlets, Charred SA Gulf Prawn Skewers and Roasted Butternut Conchiglie Pasta. My favourites included the Whole Baby Barramundi with fennel and lemon myrtle as it was perfectly cooked and had a wonderful Lemon Myrtle flavour. The Wagyu Rump was cooked medium to my liking and served with malted grains and sweet soy, which made it was the perfect steak. The Roasted Butternut Conchiglie Pasta with pumpkin seed pesto, Bok choy and ginger crumble was excellent and the sweetness of the Butternut Pumpkin really shone throughout the dish. Just a warning though, the Charred SA Gulf Prawn Skewers with house made Peri-Peri basting sure do pack a punch so chilli weaklings like myself should proceed with caution.
As if all that food wasn’t enough, mains were also served with sides of Green Asparagus with Parma ham crumbs and hollandaise sauce, Charred Whole Corn with roasted Jalapenos, lime zest, mint butter and pecorino and Creamy Mashed Potatoes. These sides were great with the mains and the Creamy Mashed Potatoes especially stood out to me as being extremely creamy and with the right amount of seasoning and butter; something I can’t quite seem to master at home.
Finally desserts arrived and my jaw dropped to the floor as this share platter was presented to us. I was expecting a dainty little share platter but in fact we had quite the opposite. We were offered a large board full of desserts such as the Bombe “Australiana”, Crème Brulee, Jaffa Fondant and Strawberries and Cream. Each dessert was so delicious I had to completely finish my half of each one, which resulted in a massive food coma but I have no regrets. The Jaffa Fondant was amazingly molten in the centre and had a beautiful orange flavour which married well with the chocolate. The stand out was definitely the Strawberries and Cream with Vanilla ice cream, hazelnut pastry and strawberry sauce. Inappropriate noises were heard from my fellow diners as we devoured this, it was that amazing. Peanut butter was sneakily hidden inside the meringue macarons and gave an amazing contrast to the entire dessert. It’s hard to comprehend that such a fabulous dessert was made with such simple ingredients but it was just executed so well.
I was so impressed by the food and hospitality at Coal Cellar and Grill. This is the kind of restaurant to take the family for a special occasion and expect to be served with some of the best meals you have ever experienced. Celebrating all things South Australian, their menu showcases our state perfectly and makes me proud to be a South Aussie. Do yourself a favour and visit Coal Cellar and Grill ASAP.
Words by Angela Scarfo from All About That Food
WHERE: 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide