Fun fact: Did you know Adelaide was founded in 1836? And not long after, in 1855, the Seven Stars Hotel was built. Yes, that’s a very long time ago. But when you step into this double bricked colonial-style building, you will realise that people that have managed it, from today since distant past, have somehow contributed to the wellbeing and longevity of this amazing structure every step of the way. Everything is so well kept and with an abundance of history, we are certainly loving the vibes here.
The name itself (which hasn’t changed since 1855 despite changing owners) is a statement that this is no ordinary pub with pokie games, beers and grub. This is a piece of Adelaide that every visitor and local should try at least once. Priding themselves the best locally sourced South Australia products for their meat, wine and spirits makes this a favourite in my books.
As you step inside, the main bar is to your right the moment you enter the building. The layout is spacious and with an updated lounge with vintage sofa, fire place and TV plasma screen, you can sit back and relax while you watch the game or the news. There are other smaller TV screens for those that are more comfortable sitting on a high bar table while enjoying a nice cold beverage. However, if you come for lunch or dinner, they do have their restaurant setting beyond the bar.
We were greeted with Alex’s signature French Martini which consists of Smirnoff Vodka, Chambord and Pineapple juice. What a refreshing drink that was and a great way to break the ice with all the guests that were invited to their menu launch. We had a look at their restaurant menu and it began with the friendly favourites such as fish and chips, crispy chicken burger, parmigiana and so on. We began with their entree tapas style journey which involved Lemon and Goat Cheese Arancini, Calamari Fritti, Pork Spring Rolls, and their popular Fried Chicken Strips with housemade rum chilli sauce. Well, surprise surprise! there was actually no need to play favourites because they were all so good. We were already impressed but little did we know that was just the tip of the iceberg. Their seasonal menu on the other hand, which only just launched a couple of days ago, was the one that really got our attention.
You will find the Angus Pure T-bone and Angus Pure Rib Eye on the seasonal menu along with Atlantic Crispy Skin Salmon or 300gr Murray Valley Pork Cutlets if you want to explore beyond the pastures. We got to try their Crispy Skin Atlantic Salmon that came with kipfler potatoes, avocado, red onion, rocket, paired with wasabi aioli. It was definitely crispy on the skin, they nailed this dish perfectly. Market Fish of the Day was also ordered and that day was battered whiting fish and chips but when we asked if we could have it grilled instead, they were only too happy to accommodate.
What followed was the main attraction, the moment we were all waiting for. I can’t hold the excitement any longer, I’m just gonna spill it!
The mighty 1.1 kg Tomahawk Steak was no ordinary steak and the quality was impeccable. Supplied by Thomas Foods, a company with a local South Australian farm where in response to consumer demand for naturally farmed premium beef, they have finally developed the Angus Pure brand. This means premium. This means no GMO. Which also means organic. Bravo! We had to admit, we needed to explore this Tomahawk more. We met with the young, promising Head Chef John Juco who has a real passion for the food he serves here and with 8 years solely dedicated to this kitchen, you can truly taste it. The Tomahawk comes with his homemade chimicurri sauce, grilled chipotle corns, brocollini, and roast chilli-chat potatoes for a delicioiusly tasty combination. It is meant to be shared between two people and with beautiful plating like a fine dining restaurant I reckon this could potentially be great for a casual first date! Just remember, this is best served medium rare and it must be pre ordered 24 hour in advance to secure a cut for yourself.
When we thought it was all over, we were then treated to a couple testers from their new dessert menu.
The Peanut Butter Semifreddo was just divine. From the first bite to the last, our palate was spoilt by the taste of peanut butter. This comes with pistachio praline, frangelico ganache and strawberry.
Next was the Warm Chocolate Brownies with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and berry compote. A generous pub slab and it was surprisingly light, when I thought I was full, I found myself finishing this dessert easily! The warmth of the brownies just made me realise if this whole dining experience was a concert these brownies would be the encore. What a wonderful way to finish a dinner.
Owner Tom Rickett mentioned that they are taking seriously the demand of having a vegan/vegetarian option on the menu as people are more conscious about health and wellbeing.
They have introduced their vegan version of quinoa salad and eggplant parmigiana, this is definitely a step forward to erase the stereotype of pub food being a cheat day experience.
The Seven Stars Hotel opens daily and welcomes everyone to the premises either for drinks, dinner, events or functions. They have function room that can hold 120 pax. Their beer garden is also available and even more perfect for the warmer weather. We would like to thank Seven Stars Hotel for their warm welcome and for feeding us a great feast and to The Adelaide Set for extending the invitation. It was one experience we will never forget and definitely will talk about every chance we get.
Words by Dee Pene from Adelaide Food Authority
WHERE: 187 Angas St, Adelaide