The Festival of Food 2017 has just started for another year and is a great opportunity for people to enjoy some of the best restaurants Adelaide has to offer at an affordable price. Many people should receive a pamphlet in the letterbox which allows you to get bonus offers if you dine at multiple participating restaurants. Of course, if you can’t wait, anyone can simply download the Festival of Food app and take advantage of the same offers.
One of the participating restaurants in the Festival of Food is The Playford. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad meal at this place so it’s something I always look forward to when I’m at the restaurant. Festival of Food diners will start off with the Entree Tasting Plate. On the bottom right is the Egg Yolk, Brioche and Watercress Emulsion. An egg yolk is crumbed and fried to a light golden brown. The yolk is thick and runny, and matches well with the dukkah and emulsion. In the middle is the Caesar with Espuma, Rye and Cos Lettuce. This is how I like my salads; small and in a jar. The small bits of bacon add saltiness while the lettuce creates a crunchy texture. The foam prevents the Caesar from being too dry and brings all the elements together. The top left is the Chicken Terrine with Rhubarb Chutney. Terrines are fairly popular when it comes to tasting plate entrees. This Chicken Terrine was nice and firm with the rhubarb chutney added a nice sweetness.
The first main was the Pan Seared Barramundi with crushed potato, seaweed emulsion and chorizo gremolata. The barramundi fillet was cooked perfectly. The skin was nice and crispy on one side, while the fish was soft and delicate. A great compliment to the crushed potato. The emulsion was light and airy with a subtle hint of seaweed, while the chorizo gremolata added smokiness to the dish.
Next was the Paroo Kangaroo with macadamia cream, plum and saltbush dukkah. The kangaroo fillet was perfectly cooked; nice and charred on the outside and medium rare in the centre. The meat was juicy and succulent, and each slice was well cooked even though the thicknesses were inconsistent. The macadamia cream was smooth and nutty. The plum sauce added sweetness to the dish which was balanced by the saltbush dukkah.
For dessert, I had their signature Hazelnut Indulgence. A chocolate lid sits on the top of the dessert and is melted by a hot chocolate sauce that is poured over it. Inside the glass is a combination of soft and crunchy hazelnut, as well as a sugary praline. It’s rich, it’s decadent and the perfect dessert to end the night.
Festival of Food diners also get the House Made Petit Fours. On this occasion, I had the Caramel Apple Pop. It’s a combination of sweet, sour and crunch all in one bite. Delicious nonetheless!
Festival of Food 2017 is available at The Playford from Monday to Thursday for $36.50, and on Friday and Saturday for $42.50. The Festival of Food dinner can be upgraded to a 7 course Chef’s Tasting Menu for an additional $15 per person. Add an extra $28.50 per person with matched wines.
Look out for the Festival of Food pamphlet in your letterbox or simply download the app to take advantage of this and other offers.
WHERE: 120 North Tce, Adelaide