The Seven Stars Hotel is a food and functions pub located in the heart of the city, just off Hutt Street. The food is modern Australian and the menu neatly spans over 2 pages (3 if you include the specials). This can be further categorised into starters, light meals, salads, pub classics and more substantial offerings. Adelaide Food Central was at the Seven Stars today to attend a private function.
I’m a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to a Chicken Parmi, having had them at over 90 establishments across Adelaide. It had been a while since I had one, and when you’re unsure of what to order, the Chicken Parmi is the safe option. The dish came out 15 minutes after ordering and was nicely presented on a rectangular plate.
When it comes to diameter, I’ve had chicken schnitzels which have covered a large circular plate. This one was a bit smaller in comparison but it had good thickness. The schnitzel had a nice crunchy coating, and the chicken inside was moist and succulent. On top of the schnitzel was a Napoletana sauce. It had good coverage over the schnitzel but its taste was slightly sour and I didn’t like the pieces of onion in the sauce. It reminded me of something you get out of a jar rather than a thick rich paste I was expecting. On top of the sauce was a leg ham. There are other places that like to include ham, but I personally think it shouldn’t be there. This was followed by the cheese which was provided in generous amounts. The gooeyness was great but I felt the cheese could have been browned a little more.
The amount of chips provided was adequate, however, they could have been cooked a little bit longer until they were crunchy. The quality of the chips could also have been better. My plate was full of throw away crunchy bits, which may satisfy some, but not me. The level of salt applied to the chips was just right. The salad came in a small bowl, and the vegetables were fresh and crisp. The home made caesar dressing was nice and tangy, however too much was applied to the salad.
The Seven Stars Hotel is a really nice pub with a great feeling of warmth to it. The staff are really friendly and the service is fairly efficient. It’s almost an ideal place to spend a Sunday afternoon. While it’s a but unfair to judge a place on one meal, I do have to say that my Chicken Parmi was fairly average. Coming at a cost of $23, it’s a bit more expensive than most other places. The higher the cost of the Chicken Parmi, the higher my expectations.
I may have to re-visit this place at some other point, just to try some different dishes.
WHERE: 187 Angas St, Adelaide