First dinner outing of the year with a scoopon deal in hand. $49 for a three-course feast for two plus wine! Any two mains, any two starters, any two desserts, plus 2 glasses of Shiraz, Sauv Blanc or pints of Coopers!
A great deal and a perfect reason to head out after the first working week of the year!
Upon arrival, N and I navigate our way through the Tivoli front bar and out to the back dining area (far right entrance). The waitstaff seated us down and ran through what our scoopon deal entailed before starting us off with our drinks. The back dining area was large with a high concave ceiling and a main light fixture. The lighting was dim and a bit too dark for my liking but it still managed to create a cozy and intimate atmosphere within the huge open space.
Not long after, our starters arrived:
2 starters for $16.00
Californian fish tacos – barramundi, avocado and cactus salsa
Twice cooked pork belly – green bean and apple
Between the two, the tacos came out on top for me whereas the pork belly did it for N. The filing was juicy and fresh whilst the burrito bread held up and didn’t tear although the filling was quite soggy!
NT barramundi fillet – mashed potatoes, mussel fritters, salad of pea shoots and pickled onion mayonnaise; $28.00
We thought that the mussel fritters were going to be whole mussels which were battered and deep fried – instead they were processed mussel meat, shaped, battered then deep fried. A bummer really.
300g scotch fillet steak: Marylands 120 day grain fed; $35.00
Pistachio and olive oil cake: rosewater frosting, sumac strawberries and rhubarb sorbet; $11.00
My medium rare scotch fillet came out blue which had to be sent back – it came back less blue but more towards the medium-well done range. Oh well. It’s accompaniments of coleslaw and potato salad were quite mediocre and I would have much rather preferred hot chips and a leafy salad.
As for desserts, they took a bit longer than expected. The restaurant started to get busy later through the night and the staff weren’t as attentive as before. We eventually flagged one of them down to ask about the whereabouts on our desserts. She quickly ducked into the kitchen to check up on our order and informed us that they were on their way!
The pistachio and olive cake was light and moist. The rhubarb sorbet was a winner in my books – sweet, refreshing and a perfect palate cleanser. Our other dessert: the chocolaté marquise – peanut butter ice cream and salted caramel; 12.00 (not pictured) was more creamier, sweeter and heavier. On any other night, the peanut butter ice cream would have a been a hit, but personally, I found it too much of a heavy follow up after my steak.
Value: 5/5 Fantastic value with the scoopon
265 Pirie Street
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8223 4790
Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9pm