The Curious Squire is a popular drinking hole after work, and in recent times, has become well known for their smoked barbecue meats. Like all good businesses, the food menu should constantly evolve, just so that customers can experience something different. Tonight, we were invited by The Curious Squire to experience the new South American inspired menu paired with James Squire craft beers. All food and drink were provided free of charge.
We started off with the Monterey Jack Cheese Sticks which were fried to a golden brown. A variation to the mozzarella stick, these were creamier with a mild flavour. The exterior was nice and crunchy, while the cheese inside was soft and gooey.
The Mushroom Arancini were executed to perfection. The balls were fried to a dark golden brown and had a nice crunchy texture. The filling was a mixture of well seasoned rice and generous amounts of mushroom. The inside was soft, delicate and full of flavour.
The Crabby Patty was nicely presented and we liked the way the claws of the soft shell crab were sticking out of the burger. The soft shell crab was crispy and cooked to perfection. This was well complimented by the sauerkraut which had a similar texture. The squid ink black bun was nice and firm, and held all the ingredients in well.
The previous dish was outstanding, but the Sloppy Joe was even better! The mince sauce reminded us of a chilli con carne with lovely rich flavours. The addition of corn chips was pure genius and added a nice crunchy texture. There was also an onion ring thrown into the mix and who doesn’t love onion rings? This was the best Sloppy Joe we’ve ever had!
The American Pork Ribs and Hot Links was well anticipated. The pork ribs were a decent size and the meat simply fell off the bone. The ribs had a nice smokey flavour and were covered in a subtly sweet barbecue sauce. The Hot Links are sausages that were also cooked in the smoker. They were well seasoned and we couldn’t visibly see too much fat. All the meat was balanced by the sourness of the pickles and sauerkraut, and the heat from the jalapenos.
The Smoked Vegetarian Pizza was more pedestrian than all the other dishes. Some of the vegetables were undercooked, however, they did have nice smokey flavours. We also thought the base was a little thick, but everyone likes their pizzas in different ways.
Last but not least was the dessert. This was a Peanut Butter and Jelly which consisted of a chocolate pop tart, ice cream and jam. The combination of flavours and textures was nice but we found the dessert a bit too sweet for our liking.
As with all menus, there are some dishes that you like more than others, but as a whole, the food was fairly good. The staff were friendly and attentive, and the service was what you would expect. We’d like to thank The Curious Squire for the hospitality and Girl About Town for hosting the event.
The new South American inspired menu is worth checking out.
WHERE: 10 O’Connell St, North Adelaide