The Summit, Mt. Lofty

710m above sea level situates The Summit restaurant, named appropriately due to its location, the summit of Mt Lofty. The cozy restaurant with scenic views of Adelaide and its coastline is only a short 15 minute drive away from the CBD. C and I get lost (d’oh) and find ourselves in the middle of nowhere when trying to meet our dinner reservation. >.< A quick call is made to inform the restaurant that we will be about 30 minutes late whilst we attempt to navigate ourselves through the mountain terrain and dark roads to our destination. Literally no cars, no life, no signs and no reception on our phones, we miraculously manage to reach the top in one piece and in time for our reservation.

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The Summit restaurant Interior.

Unfortunately I was unable to take a snap shot of the beautiful city skyline due to no tripod and the freezing jaw dropping temperature did not help with camera shake. Moving on with the food porn though, we kick off with a glass of sweet white wine accompanied with some bread, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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Sweet white wine, $7.90 and complimentary bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

I have this thing for bread, or carbs in general – it’s like soft fluffly clouds with a crusty crust. Oh such bliss when dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar giving it a slight tang that cuts through the nutty flavour of the oil!

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Pork cutlet on roasted caramelised pumpkin and sauteed spinach with rosemary and port glaze, $35.00
Eye fillet of beef on crushed new potatoes with truffle butter, confit shallots and beef jus, $36.50

C’s main of pork cutlet was cooked just right, tender and well flavoured. However, the roasted caramelised pumpkin wasn’t exactly roasted – the pumpkin was overly sweet and mushy and was untouched for the night. My main of eye fillet of beef was divine. The succulent juicy beef, the exquisite truffle butter and the confit shallots were to die for. Full of flavour and juices, a melt in the mouth sensation – beautiful main! I found the serving sizes to be just right, it settled my hunger pains and I was comfortably full which meant that there was room for dessert!

Ta da!!

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Pavlova with mixed berry compote, passion fruit puree and fresh cream, $15.00

I’ve got to admit, I’ve never been a fan of pavlova. I always found it too sweet, sugary and boring… but this pavlova changed all that! Like C said, ‘it’s like an orgasm in my mouth’, it was that good! The pavlova had a crispy outer shell and a fluffy light marshmallow centre. It was sweet – a nice sweet – and when teamed with the mixed berry compote, fresh strawberry, cream and passion fruit puree…

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Need I say more? Convert right here!

Food: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Value: 3/5
Ambience: 4/5


The Summit
Summit Road
Mount Lofty Summit Lookout SA 5152
P 08 8339 2600

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