Durian lovers, I think I’ve found the dessert place for you! Second floor lounge – a place to chill.
Durians are commonly referred to as the king of fruits, it is large in size, has a spiky thorn exterior and a very unique odour. You will fall into one of the following categories when faced with this fruit; you’ll either love it, or hate it.
“Anthony Bourdain, a lover of durian, relates his encounter with the fruit thus: “Its taste can only be described as… indescribable, something you will either love or despise. …Your breath will smell as if you’d been French-kissing your dead grandmother”.”
“Travel and food writer Richard Sterling says:
“… its odour is best described as pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. It can be smelled from yards away. Despite its great local popularity, the raw fruit is forbidden from some establishments such as hotels, subways and airports, including public transportation in Southeast Asia.””
Intrigued? Horrified? Curious? Read on.
We’ll start on the more ‘common’ dishes (excuse the lighting, there was a beaming bright red light behind me – can you tell?):
Wedges; pandan waffles with strawberries
Good ol’ wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce, a savoury bite before we fed our bodies with a sugar hit. The pandan waffles were fragrant but slightly dense. As we took our time with the wedges, by the time we started on the waffles, they were on the soggy side as the vanilla ice cream had melted and seeped in.
Durian creme brulee
The brulee had a thin crystallised sugar top that once broken into, had a sweet and fragrant durian custard with a generous amount of durian flesh. I personally found it to be sickeningly sweet but avid durian lovers would have no qualms with this dessert.
Second floor lounge is situated on the east end of Flinders Street. The upstairs venue is spacy and open with the front bar heavily stocked with liquor bottles. On our visit, the premise was empty with a couple on the outside balcony but I suspect that on a Friday/Saturday night, it draws quite a crowd with live music and a well stocked bar.
Second Floor Lounge
116 Flinders Street
Adelaide SA 5000