Skyline Restaurant and Lounge Bar is located on the top of the Rydges South Park Adelaide Hotel. Situated on the corner of South Terrace and West Terrace, the restaurant and bar boasts panoramic views of the parklands and Adelaide Hills. As you get off the lift on the top floor, the main bar is straight ahead with the restaurant section to the right. The cuisine on offer is modern Australian with a good selection of dishes that use local and native ingredients. They also had some specials on offer which were two courses for $45 and three courses for $55, which we took advantage of.
For entree, we had the Bruschetta with babaganoush, pickled tomatoes, sumac and rocket. The babaganoush was rich, smokey and creamy with a higher concentration of tomatoes to give it an unusually red colour. The pickled tomatoes were sweet and tangy, and the rocket was fresh and crisp. We both felt the dish lacked saltiness. Perhaps the addition of feta cheese or an olive tapenade wouldn’t have gone astray.
For the main, I had the Sous Vide Spiced Free Range Chicken Breast with corn puree, black lentils, house pickled vegetables and jus lie. The menu specifies crispy skin which was definitely not the case with my dish, and to my dismay, the table we were sitting next to had crispy skin on the same dishes. The chicken was tender and succulent, and the black lentils had absorbed the tasty juices of the stock and wine. The corn puree was soft and creamy, with a subtle natural sweetness. The pickled vegetables on the other hand had strong middle eastern flavours and over powered all the elements on the dish.
Ms Z had the Handmade Porcini Gnocchi with mushroom ragout, parmesan mushroom foam and truffle oil. The gnocchi was too firm and chewy for my liking, and the other elements of the dish were bland. The flavour of truffle was non-existent which I thought was very disappointing. I was told the dish got better as you ate more, but I didn’t see it.
As I always say, no meal is complete without dessert. We had the Chocolate Malt Parfait with chocolate bombolini, raspberry foam and caramelised white chocolate. This dessert was amazing and I loved every element on this dish. The bombolini was freshly fried with a light, fluffy centre mixed with bits of chocolate. The sugar coating outside the Italian donut was just right. The raspberry foam was soft and delicate, while the caramelised white chocolate was sweet and crunchy. The highlight had to be the chocolate malt parfait. It was smooth, rich and decadent, and every bite was like being transported to heaven and back.
The staff were friendly and welcoming, and we were pleased to get window seats with nice views of the parklands. The service, I thought, was a bit up and down. At the beginning, they placed cloth napkins on our laps and our drinks and meals arrived rather promptly. As the night progressed, they became less attentive, and they either cleared our plates when both of us hadn’t finished eating, or they just took too long to clear them. When it came to paying the bill, they overcharged us, but the problem was rectified soon after.
The highlights of the night were the dessert and the views from the dining table. The atmosphere was relaxed, however, the entrees and mains we had were a bit of a let down. For a fine dining experience, the expectation is usually higher and in this particular case, they weren’t met.
WHERE: 1 South Tce, Adelaide