There’s something very liberating about being on a rooftop bar. It’s the fresh air and the feeling of being on top of the world. Ever since The Gallery first opened, it has become a popular venue for drinks, particularly during the warmer weather. Even during winter, The Gallery has you covered (literally!) with a roof, retractable blinds and portable heating. As the venue has evolved, so has their food, with the introduction of The Gallery’s Warmest Winter additions. Adelaide Food Central was invited to sample some of the new menu with all food and drinks being provided free of charge.
For starters, we had the Slow Cooked Duck Cigars with cabbage, carrot, coriander, fried shallot and Asian sauce. The spring roll pastry was nice and crunchy, and we liked how there was a generous amount of duck. The filling was well seasoned and was complemented by the hoisin style dipping sauce.
Next were the Southern Style Chicken Tenders with house corn bread, smoked chipotle corn relish and ribbon salad. The chicken was lightly battered and fried to a light golden brown. The meat was juicy and succulent, and the tenders had a lovely crunch to them. The corn bread had a subtle sweetness and reminded me of something I had a Serbian restaurant. The relish had a lovely smokiness to it and did well in combining all the elements together.
The Mini Beef Burger was so simple and yet so delicious. The patty was thick, juicy and well seasoned with a sweet and nutty Masdaam cheese melted over the top. The sweetness of the tomato relish was balanced by the sourness of the pickles. The bun was nice and firm, and held all the ingredients well.
If there was a dish that would win an award for presentation, this would be it. The Pork Belly with spiced pear conserve, roasted baby fennel and pear crisps tasted as good as it looked. The pork belly was of a good cut and had minimal fat. The meat was tender and succulent, and the skin was perfectly crunchy. The fennel wasn’t too overpowering, and the sweetness of the conserve was a great match with the pork.
The Roast Pumpkin Wedges came with a saffron labneh, toasted cashew nuts and spiced honey. The pumpkin was soft and delicate, and its natural sweetness really shone through. The sourness of the labneh was balanced by the sweetness of the caramelised onions, while the cashew nuts added a nice crunchy texture.
The last main was the Slow Cooked Lamb Rump with broccoli mousse, pumpkin puree, confit cocktail potato and shiraz jus. The lamb was tender and succulent, and the meat simply fell apart. The mousse and the puree both had a subtle sweetness which was balanced by the saltiness of the firm potatoes. The shiraz jus made the dish less dry and added more complexity.
We all know that no meal is complete without dessert so we ordered the Housemade Cherry Ripe Slices and Belgium Chocolate Coated Honeycomb. This dessert is huge and a chocolate lovers delight. The slices are on point with a delectable combination of coconut, cherry and chocolate. The white chocolate shards were great to nibble on, as were the chocolate honeycomb pieces which were the biggest I’ve seen.
The Gallery is no longer a place to just visit for drinks during the summer months, but a venue you can frequent all year round. With their delicious new winter menu, great drinks selection, cosy atmosphere and fantastic service, it should be on the top of your list every time you’re in town.
The Gallery have provided a video that captures the cosy vibes of the venue.
WHERE: 30 Waymouth St, Adelaide