Adelaide Food Central was invited to the opening of Spaghetti Western, a new restaurant on King William Street, which is providing Adelaide a taste of the wild wild west. The three level restaurants is fantastic for after work drinks, a delicious meal or a catch up with friends. Renowned chef Matthew Ryder introduced us to his Italian menu with an American twist. Not only did we sample some spectacular dishes on their exciting menu but we also had a try of one of their magnificent cocktails and their wine list.
We started off the night with a taste of their entrees:
The first entrée was the Zucchini Fries – crispy fried zucchini, lemon aioli. This was one of my favourite dishes of the evening. The zucchini was deep-fried to perfection, and had an awesome crunch when you bit into it. The crumb that surrounded the zucchini had a mixture of authentic Italian herbs, which helped to give the batter a crispy texture.
The next entrée was the Wild Caught Sardines – Port Lincoln sardines with grilled ciabatta, cherry tomatoes, parsley and olive oil. I absolutely loved this dish, as it was full of flavour and great ingredients. The sardines were locally sourced from the South Australian region, which shows that the produce was fresh. The cherry tomatoes were juicy and paired well with the crunchy ciabatta and sardines.
The last entrée was the Meatballs – veal and pork meatballs with tomato sugo, parmesan, herb bread crumbs. Another one of my favourite dishes, as these meatballs were one of the best I have ever tasted. The combination of veal and pork gave the balls a very authentic Italian flavour, accompanied by the rich tomato sugo topped with parmesan cheese. This dish was to die for and I highly recommend giving them a try.
Now onto the mains:
A very authentic dish on the menu was Eggplant Lasagne with ricotta, spinach, tomato sugo, rocket, fresh mozzarella and basil. Melanzane is largely used throughout traditional Italian cooking and generally placed with a tomato sugo. The sugo was rich and thick and extremely authentic. The soft mozzarella complimented the eggplant and tomato sugo.
One for the pescatarians is the Snapper – toasted south Australian baby snapper with cauliflower puree, canelli beans, peas, green beans, zucchini, basil pesto, lemon. I am not a huge fan of fish but this dish was beautiful. The soft fishy snapper paired well with the rich cauliflower puree and fresh green vegetables. The basil pesto and lemon helped to give the snapper another element of zest.
Pasta lovers will love the Gnocchi – forest mushrooms, sage, parmesan, white wine, garlic. This pasta is every gnocchi lovers dream. The forest sage mushrooms paired beautifully with the soft gnocchi pillows, strong parmesan and fragrant sage. The dish was overall filling and pleasant on the palate.
We ended with the Chicken Picatta – herb and parmesan crusted, white wine, capers, lemon, zucchini, spaghetti aglio olio. The chicken in the dish had been crusted with herbs and parmesan giving the chicken a full flavour. The aglio olio spaghetti combined with the salty capers and zucchini was a beautiful pasta dish and complimented the delicious chicken.
The two sides we had were the Panzanella salad and Broccolini with garlic and chilli. Both sides were quite simple but used fresh ingredients and were full of flavour.
To end we had a dessert of Honey Bourbon Tiramisu – espresso syrup, Dutch cocoa powder. I can honestly say that this is the best tiramisu I have ever tasted. I usually don’t like coffee flavours within desserts but this tiramisu was to die for. The espresso syrup was not too overpowering which made it pleasant to eat. The Dutch cocoa powder helped to give the dish another element of flavour.
We would love to thank Matthew, Daniel and the staff at Spaghetti Western for welcoming us into their new world of cowboys and spaghetti, and of course, Girl About Town for hosting an amazing evening. Spaghetti Western is open Monday to Friday 11am- Close and Saturday 11am-Close. Dinner is available Monday to Thursday 5.30pm-9pm and Friday to Saturday 5:30pm-10pm.
Words by Tomika Salerno
WHERE: 111 King William St, Adelaide