I think I may have found the best pub in Adelaide, if not the whole of Australia! This place is a must visit for anyone seeking a filling feed, a family meal, a place for a catch up or just to enjoy some really delicious, locally sourced, no fuss food.
I paid The Brompton a visit after my best friend suggested it as the venue for our requisite girls catch up while I was home this past week, as she could flash her Entertainment Book Gold Card and score us a wicked discount. (On another note I think I need to purchase this years Entertainment Book – there are serious deals to be had!). I was just happy to be seeing my besties so I was happy to go with the flow…but holy moly was I surprised at what I found.
Credit: The Brompton Hotel
This gorgeously renovated pub in Brompton just North-west of the CBD is warm and welcoming and blends new and old seamlessly. We were seated in the Brasserie right by the glass wall that separated the dining room from the open kitchen and could watch as the chefs busied themselves over cooktops, ovens and stoves. Our waiter was incredibly attentive and took our drinks orders whilst we pondered the menu. He also explained how their menu worked with small tapas style plates for starters and “Stonegrill” selections for main as well as a la carte menu options.
Between 3 girls we settled on a selection of small plates for a shared entrée consisting of Barossa Valley chorizo & SA prawns, Grilled haloumi with oregano & lemon, Mini lamb burgers with caramelised onion & minted yoghurt and Honey glazed sweet potato.
The prawns were fat, juicy, fresh ones caught locally and really could have been just as impressive an entrée dish without the chorizo! The haloumi was salty and gooey – far from that overcooked rubbery-texture that is perceive by many and the coating of fresh lemon juice gave it that perfect citrus kick with a drizzling of pungent olive oil. And the lamb burgers were just as tasty with a sweet and fluffy, airy white bun and hints of lamb-kofta flavours with the minted yoghurt. (I didn’t eat the Honey glazed sweet potato but they looked amazing and from all accounts tasted equally so!).
For main I opted for something I had never tried before – a Stonegrill! – and settled on Chef’s Choice Premium Beef Fillet with a side of Morton Bay Bug (curiosity got the better of me there) from an extensive list of red meat, game and seafood.
My dinner dates chose the Oven roasted chicken breast with crushed hazelnuts, ginger, cinnamon, broccolini and honey and Oven roasted Emerald Valley lamb rack served on wilted spinach, spanish onion and pine nuts with a red wine jus. Fortunately we all agreed to split a serve of Diamond cut chips for a side.
My Stonegrill beef arrived on a piping hot slab of what looked like concrete/slate (I’m sure it wasn’t but this thing was heavy). It was a perfectly pink and tender looking eye fillet covered in cracked pepper and slowly sizzled away on the stone slab until it was rendered to perfection with a slight coating of caramelisation. As I cut away slices and let them cook away I placed the bugs on the stone (being told to leave them until the shells turned orange) and although they were lovely it was really more for the novelty – the beef was the true hero and went perfectly with the tasty rocket and parmesan salad on the side. Each mouthful of cooked-by-yourself (I tried to achieve medium rare) prime fillet was a sweet, juicy and flavoursome delight where the taste sensation was only amplified slightly with my usual pub sauce of choice – pepper.
The girls’ lamb rack and rich jus and hazelnut crusted chicken breast looked equally epic and there were murmurings of yummm and oh-my-god-this-is-so-good. And the Diamond cut chips? Holy-heck AMAZING. So crunchy with a seasoned-salt they were the perfect accompaniment to all our meals and were swiftly demolished. We were left feeling so full but oh so satisfied with our choices and the service was truly outstanding – attentive and helpful and clearly passionate about their service style and food offering.
In all serious I think it had to have been one of the BEST pub meals I have ever had. Bravo Brompton, I will be back!
What’s your favourite pub meal?