Headed down to the Archer Hotel one weekend with a group of 8 and secured ourselves a table at ‘The Library’, the upstairs restaurant to the hotel with a wall of bookshelves stocked with books and a rolling ladder (COOL!), old wooden floors and fireplaces. It’s not called ‘The Library’ for no reason 😉 Having not been to the Archer before, I had high hopes as friends have mentioned of how good the food was; let’s see if it was right on the money!
Selection of breads, served with house dukkah & aged balsamic evo oil; $2.00 per person
Rocket, pear and parmesan salad with roasted walnuts and zesty lemon dressing; $8.00
Mezze plate (to share): salt & pepper squid, Spanish sausage, marinated olives, marinated prawns, dukkah, aged balsamic evo oil, marinated vegetables, house made dip & grilled breads; $28.90
Notable mention on the generous amount of aged balsamic evo oil! I tend to find most places don’t give enough age balsamic to the olive oil and the ratio is off for my liking, ha! We happily dig into the bread and mezze plate and mop up on what’s left of the age balsamic evo oil concoction. The “marinated prawns” were more of the “room temperature prawns and rinsed in water” variety and were a definite nay.
Pork cutlet served on top of a sweet potato mash, broccolini and a caramelised apple and sage sauce; $23.90
Chicken breast pocketed with camembert, baby spinach, thyme and garlic then served with a potato galley and hollandaise; $23.90
Crispy skin salmon served with a fresh salad of rocket, spinach, onion, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, orange zest and finished with a citrus glaze; $23.90
I got the pork and a hefty sized pork cutlet was presented… maybe a bit too hefty for the chef as parts of it was still undercooked and was left to the side on my plate. Aside from that, the accompaniments were a delight; sweet potato mash was yum but on the mushy side for me, and the apple and sage sauce was pure bliss packed with flavours that complimented well with the pork.
C and J ordered the chicken, both dissatisfied as they both found it bland and on the dry side.
Filling meal, but can’t say I’ll be back for the food. Archer hotel, not on target for my liking.
The Archer Hotel
60 O’Connell Street
North Adelaide SA 5006
P 08 8361 9300