Adelaide Food Central was lucky enough to be invited to Seven Network’s Adelaide 2016 Program Launch at 2KW Bar and Restaurant. 2KW, a stylish rooftop bar and restaurant, sits eight floors above the corner of King William Street and North Terrace atop the heritage-listed former Bank of New South Wales building. In addition to a restaurant and The Loggia Bar, 2KW also boasts a number of distinctive entertaining areas, including The Cabanas and The Terrace, with breathtaking panoramic views of the Adelaide CBD and surrounds; from the lush grounds of Government House, to the revamped Adelaide Oval, St Peter’s Cathedral and the River Torrens precinct.
The Channel 7 Program Launch was all about celebrating the start of a brand new year and previewing what the Seven Network has in store for their viewers in 2016. The who’s who of Channel 7 Adelaide could be seen mingling out on The Terrace over a glass or two of The Lane Vineyard’s ‘Lois’ Sparkling. Now excuse me whilst I name drop… Seven News presenters’ Jane Doyle and John Riddell, Adelaide’s latest My Kitchen Rules contestants and best-friends-of-ten-years Rosie and Paige and their Victorian rivals Gianni and Zana, along with My Kitchen Rules judge Colin Fassnidge, sports commentator for the Seven Network Bruce McAvaney, Adelaide’s 2015 House Rules duo Ryan and Marlee, Australian actor Samuel Johnson who plays the Australian music legend Molly Meldrum in Channel 7’s new mini-series Molly, Callum Hann the 2010 South Australian MasterChef Australia runner-up and the list goes on. Adelaide’s very own marathon runner Jessica Trengove, together with Australian beach volleyball teammates Taliqua Clancy and Louise Bawden; all athletes vying for a spot in the Australian Olympic team at the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games (5th – 21st August), which will of course be broadcast exclusively on Australia’s Olympic Network, Channel 7, were also guests at the Program Launch. Then, albeit a little out of place, there was me representing Adelaide Food Central, how did I get so lucky?!
Now let’s get serious and talk about what Adelaide Food Central is all about… food! On the night the restaurant, located at the heart of 2KW, was transformed to accommodate one of the largest charcuterie boards, or table rather, I have ever seen. Guests were also treated to a selection of five different canapés; perfect for a party of such calibre. The charcuterie collection, arranged elegantly on a long high top wooden table, consisted of an assortment of unique thinly sliced cured meats with the likes of San Jose pork and turkey salami, San Daniele Italian prosciutto, San Jose Spanish annatto chorizo and Queensland pistachio and prosciutto-filled salami, which was a definite favourite of mine.
If you were lucky enough you may have even caught a glimpse of 2KW’s Executive Chef Nick Finn slicing the prosciutto at the charcuterie table earlier in the night; a sure-fire way of knowing that you were getting the freshest cold cuts in town. Accompanying the cured meats were endless bowls of cornichons, caper berries, olives, sliced gherkins, cocktail onions, pickled chillies, hummus dip and freshly sliced bread. It was antipasto heaven!
The canapés served at 2KW began with turmeric-baked snapper with dirty lime yoghurt on a crispy wonton. The snapper with its fine texture and mild white meat was a perfect textural contrast to the crispy fried wonton beneath, which held up excellently to the creamy mixture. 2KW’s Restaurant Manager Brett Lanthois explained to us how the dirty lime added an earthy depth of flavour to the fish instead of a crisp freshness that you would expect from a citrus such as lime.
Next up was the smoked beef with truffled kohlrabi and spinach rolls topped with shaved parmesan. Kohlrabi, part of the cabbage family yet resembling a root vegetable, is a vegetable that I have barely heard of let alone cooked with, but to my surprise it made for a tasty filling. The subtle smoky flavour from the beef combined with the truffle and parmesan was a perfect match.
Bite-sized broad bean falafels with green tahini sauce were next to leave the 2KW kitchen and enter our mouths. I loved the bright green colour of the falafels and the flavour was equally as impressive to the palate. The use of broad beans was a pleasant change to the traditional chickpea falafel.
Then came the asparagus-skewered chermoula prawns with chilli and preserved lemon jam. The asparagus spear was a great ‘utensil’ to pick up the tasty morsel of flavoursome minced prawn meat.
The last canapé doing the rounds was the mini lamb koftas with tahini yoghurt wrapped in a soft steamed bun. The lamb itself was well seasoned and not overcooked like koftas can be from time to time.
The final treat of the evening, whilst not food related, was a copy of the soundtrack to Seven’s mini-series Molly to take home. All in all the Channel 7 Adelaide 2016 Program Launch was a great event to be part of and I look forward to visiting 2KW in the near future to sample their full restaurant menu and signature cocktails. Channel 7 Adelaide sure knows how to throw a party and 2KW Bar and Restaurant the ideal venue to host a party or event alike!
Adelaide Food Central would like to sincerely thank Channel 7 Adelaide for the invite and the amazingly attentive and friendly staff at 2KW Bar and Restaurant for their hospitality on the night. All food and drinks at the Program Launch were provided free of charge.
Words and Photos by Kelly Betterman
WHERE: 2 King William St, Adelaide