We’re quite lucky to be living in Adelaide because we have access to some of the best produce in the world, and with the multicultural environment we live in, we have all the international cuisines right at our doorstep. When it comes to Mediterranean cuisine, Sah Modern Mediterranean should be at the top of everyone’s list. Serving up an extensive seasonal tapas menu and award winning paellas, chef and owner, Alex Fry, uses recipes learnt from his European travels to cook up a storm in the kitchen. Adelaide Food Central was invited to sample some of the dishes on offer. All food and drink were complimentary.
First up were the Crispy Polenta Chips with garlic aioli. The chips were fried to a light golden brown and the exterior was nice and crunchy with just the right amount of salt applied. The aioli was creamy with a thick consistency, and the garlic component provided good balance.
Next were the Pan Seared Haloumi and Zucchini Skewers. Nice bite sized morsels of fresh haloumi were wrapped in a thin zucchini slice. More often than not, I’ve experienced fried haloumi that is hard and dry. This haloumi was firm and well cooked with just the right amount of saltiness.
The Spiced Pork and Tomato Empanadas were to die for! Inside the light crispy pastry was well seasoned minced pork and slightly tart tomatoes. One of the best empanadas I’ve had in a long time!
The Moroccan Spiced Lamb Cutlet with cumin yoghurt was a stand out as well. The cutlet was perfectly char grilled, and the meat was well seasoned, tender and succulent. The cumin yoghurt complimented the dish well by providing good balance.
My personal favourite was the Tempura Battered Duck Slices with an orange and sesame glaze. Inside the light, crispy coating were thin slices of tender duck. The orange and sesame glaze had a subtle sweetness, and the dish reminded me of a honey chicken dish that you get at Chinese restaurants.
The star of the show was one of Alex Fry’s award winning Paellas. Today, we had the Paella Mixta which consists of chorizo, chicken, prawns and calamari. The rice was soft with nice individual grains and all the flavours from the ingredients were well infused. Underneath the rice was a crusty layer which is what every paella should have. The chicken, prawns and calamari were juicy and succulent, and the chorizo had good smokey flavours. While there were a lot of ingredients in this dish, you could taste each and every one of them. This is key for a perfect paella and I had just experienced it!
The Paella came with a Sah Salad which was light and refreshing. The mixed leaves were fresh and crisp, while the apple, hazelnut and croutons added a nice crunchy texture. The white balsamic vinaigrette was prominent and combined all the elements well.
Of course a meal isn’t complete without dessert. Coming to our table were piping hot churros. Nice and crunchy on the outside with a soft fluffy texture in the middle. Combine that with the chocolate dipping sauce and it really was the perfect way to end the meal.
I have to admit that the lunch was amazing. The quality of the ingredients and the execution of the dishes met my expectations. Chef and owner, Alex Fry is passionate about what he does and it shows. Together with the great service and relaxing environment, this is a perfect dining destination for any occasion.
Adelaide Food Central would like to thank Sah Modern Mediterranean and Social Media AOK for the experience.
WHERE: 145 O’Connell St, North Adelaide