Riverside Restaurant in the Intercontinental Hotel, Adelaide

Dinner with N a few weeks back with a groupon deal (3 course meal, a glass of sparkling and bottle of wine for 2 for $99.00) at Riverside Restaurant in the Intercontinental Hotel beside the casino on North Tce. Really nice and swanky hotel – I’ll tell you that much!

The service was exceptional with waiters being super attentive and accommodating; the restaurant itself exuded a relaxing and poshy aura with a view looking out towards the Festival Centre towards the River Torrens. The menu for the night was quite limited with only 3 choices per course but as long as the food was delicious as per my expectations gathered from Urbanspoon, then we would be both in for a good night and an excellent feed.

We started off with a glass of champers each, some warm bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar before moving on to our entrees:

Complimentary bread with butter and olive oil and balsamic vinegar,
Roasted Mediterranean vegetables with pesto dressing and Parmesan crisp

The entree was cold (cause it was a cold dish), who knew? We thought that it would be a hot dish from the description of ‘roasted’ veggies but hey, that’s cool. Just wished it was mentioned else we would’ve opted for something else.. cause dare I say it. It was kinda… boring and cold…

Oysters (half dozen) with finger lime dressing

The oysters faired better, fresh and briny flesh reminiscent of the sea with a nice tang from the dressing – can’t really go wrong with fresh oysters.

Fish with prawns, kipfler potatoes, Brussel sprouts, pancetta and lemon butter sauce
Corn fed free range chicken with green beans and garlic mash potato
Dessert tasting plate: carrot cupcake, brownie and lemon meringue tart

We were hoping that the mains would take a turn for the better but unfortunately, we both found our mains to be boring. Like… really boring. I mean, chicken with green beans and a garlic mash at a super fancy schmancy restaurant in a swanky hotel. Yeah… ok then. :/

Boring entrees followed by boring mains and pre made refrigerated desserts. Too bad we didn’t find their food on par with their service and hospitality cause they were all top notch!

Food: 2/5
Service: 4/5
Value: N/A
Ambience: 3/5


Lobby Level, InterContinental Adelaide
North Terrace Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8238 2384

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4 comments for “Riverside Restaurant in the Intercontinental Hotel, Adelaide

  1. August 22, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    I can imagine you sitting there saying ‘I could sooo make this at home’.
    Well, at least you got a special. Imagine if you paid full price. But still, $99 for boring food is bad 🙁

    • dee
      August 23, 2012 at 3:44 AM

      My thoughts exactly. I could’ve gotten the same thing a few blocks up the road for a fraction of the price. Oh well! At least now I know 🙂

  2. August 30, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    That is such a shame being that this place is supposed to be good. I had a poor voucher deal experience recently too, at Kang Nam Korean Restaurant. 🙁

    • dee
      September 5, 2012 at 5:57 AM

      Ditto. I think I’m swearing off voucher deals unless one of my favourite restaurant pops up now!

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