There aren’t that many cafes in Adelaide that boast magnificent views of the Torrens River. The appropriately named River Cafe is so close to the river, you’re actually sitting on top of it. Of course, it’s not just about the views, they also serve up great Italian food as well. We continue our Festival of Food 2017 journey at this casual but elegant eatery.
We start off with the Handmade Linguini with blue swimmer crab, mild chilli, crustacean sauce and pangrattato. The linguini was perfectly al dente and mixed with generous amounts of sweet blue swimmer crab. When a crab dish is carelessly executed, you’ll find crab shells in the dish. We were glad to say there were no crab shells found. The crustacean sauce brought flavours of the sea, while the pangrattato added texture to the dish.
Every Italian eatery serves up a gnocchi, and here it’s the Potato and Spinach Gnocchi with pork and fennel sausage, asparagus and smoked ricotta salata. Like all good gnocchi, they were soft and pillowy. The broken up pork and fennel sausage provided much need meat content while the smokiness of the ricotta salata brought all the elements together.
The prettiest dish was the Grilled Lamb Rump and Braised Neck with tahini yoghurt and pomegranate sauce. The lamb was cooked perfectly; charred on the outside and pink in the centre. The tahini yoghurt was smooth in texture and the pomegranate sauce added a sweet component to the dish.
One to satisfy the vegetarians is the Roast Pumpkin and Goats Cheese Tortellini with amaretti and brown sage butter. Inside the perfectly formed tortellini was a soft and delicate mixture of pumpkin and goats cheese. Each morsel was like a flavour explosion in your mouth. Sitting on a thin layer of brown sage butter, this dish is sure to keep you satisfied.
To round off the variety of proteins, we had the Chicken Breast with pancetta, confit garlic, fregola salad and romesco sauce. The chicken was juicy and succulent, while the saltiness of the pancetta and sharpness of the garlic really worked well together. The fregola salad was light and fresh, and the whole dish was brought together by the spicy romesco sauce.
Festival of Food 2017 is available at River Cafe for lunch and dinner from Monday to Thursday for $31, and Friday lunch and dinner for $34.50.
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: War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide