Last night Adelaide Food Central was invited to The Colonist, on the Norwood parade, to sample their new menu. As demand for all day breakfast is rapidly increasing Head chef, Dean Lennerth decided it was time for a change. Patrons may order off the regular pub menu, but they now will also be able to order off the brunch menu until 4pm daily.
We were lucky enough to sample six dishes off their superb menu.
We started with the brunch dishes:
Tasmanian Smoked Salmon and Corn Fritters served with smashed avocado, fresh tomato and capsicum salsa, wild rocket, shaved radish and lemon. I absolutely loved the sweet flavour of the corn which paired with the salty salmon and creamy avocado. The fresh rocket and radish gave the dish a fresh element and crunch.
Pulled Pork Nuevo’s Rancheros – tortilla with corn salsa, melted feta, pulled pork, two free-range gooey fried eggs and chives topped with hot sauce. Everyone on the table agreed that this was the highlight dish of the evening. The pulled pork was succulent and juicy and complimented the hot, tangy sauce and the creamy feta. I really enjoyed the addition of a gooey fried egg, which was cooked to perfection.
Now onto the pub classics:
Nachos – warm frijoles, corn chips, melted cheese, tomato and capsicum salsa, guacamole and sour cream. Everyone loves well-cooked nachos and these nachos were everything you could ask for. The corn chips were crunchy and as always pairs well with the melted cheese, salsa, guacamole and the sour cream.
Wedges – hand cut wedges served with sour cream slow cooked pulled lamb shoulder and a spicy tomato relish topped with fresh chives. Ah, now these are not your typical wedges that you see at a normal pub. The addition of the slow cooked lamb shoulder along with the relish created a mouth-watering dish. The lamb was cooked to perfection and all the flavours worked well together.
The last dishes we tried were the chef’s favourites:
Crispy Skinned Pork Belly Roll – crispy skinned confit pork belly served with an apple and celeriac slaw, pickled beetroot, aioli and chips. We were all super excited to try this dish as it sounded something right up our alley. It is common that in some situations pork belly can be quite dry. The pork belly used in this dish was juicy and soft. This complemented the crunch of the slaw, beetroot and dressed with a creamy aioli.
Last but not least was the Chicken and Haloumi Salad – roasted baby carrots, char grilled chicken breast and grilled haloumi, quinoa, red onion, beetroot, fresh herbs and salad greens topped with toasted seeds and lemon tahini. It is not often that I will order a salad in a restaurant or pub but this salad is one that would turn an eye. The haloumi used was not to salty and paired well with the lightly seasoned chicken breast. The fresh element of the quinoa, baby carrots, red onion and beetroot added a healthy but delicious element to the dish. The salad was topped with toasted seeds, which helped to give the dish some crunch and texture.
We would love to thank the staff and management at The Colonist for providing us with a spectacular feast of food. Thanks, to Girl About Town for hosting yet another amazing event.
Words by Tomika Salerno
WHERE: 44 The Parade, Norwood