As the Lord Mayor of Adelaide said on the night, contracts made with the French to build submarines in Adelaide is not the only way they are improving Adelaide’s international culture. With the minds behind Willunga’s Le Mistral, Tarik Marco and Sandrine Maltret’s newest offering La Provence offers diners simple, healthy and tasty modern French cuisine right in the heart of the Adelaide CBD.
The restaurant gives you this wonderful warm and welcoming feeling the moment you step through the door (especially on cold nights like these) which made us feel all the more spoilt and honoured to be invited to such a special evening. We were spoiled with a selection of canapes, cheese, dips, desserts and drinks from their menu which we know you will want to get here soon so you can experience it for yourselves.
One of my favourite of the canapes sampled was the Duck & Pistachio Sausage, Caramelised Apple & Micro Cress. The sweet and savoury of the sausage with the topping of caramelised apple went down an absolute treat, and while I myself have always been a big fan of duck I am not being biased in my love for this dish.
Another would easily be the Goat Cheese with Toasted Fig & Walnut Bread, Quince Compote & Chervil. The bread was this amazing café style slice topped with a smooth, sweet and cheesy goats cheese topped with the sweet tasting quince compote and I will not lie, I did go back again when the second tray came around.
We were also treated to some delicious Pacific Oysters, Champagne Jelly, Cucumber & Salmon Roe, wonderfully savoury Roast Button Swiss Browns with Braised Leek, Mushroom, White Wine & Provencale Crumbs and what I would say would be a French specialty, the Baked Vol Au Vents with Sautéed Snails, Tomato, Garlic and Watercress Puree.
To satisfy our sweet side we were also treated to desserts first of which was a Baked Lemon Curd Tart with Italian Meringue, with a wonderful sweet and zesty taste of lemon below a golden and fluffy meringue that was light as a feather and melted in your mouth.
Also on offer were Chocolate Truffles with Vahlrona Cocoa with such rich chocolatey flavour that melted in your mouth we couldn’t possibly think of a better note to end the evening on.
Once again, Adelaide Food Central would like to thank Tarik, Sandrine and the team at La Provence for a wonderful evening of delicious food and drink, and of course, Cassie Young PR for hosting such a great evening. We will be back soon to give the full menu a good tasting.
La Provence is open from Monday – Friday 12pm to 3pm for lunch as well as Monday – Saturday for dinner 6pm till late.
Words and images by James McArthur
WHERE: 125 Pirie St, Adelaide