First at Hotel Richmond, Rundle Mall Adelaide

Girls night out at First Lounge Bar and Restaurant located upstairs at Hotel Richmond on Rundle Mall. I’m sure many Adelaidians have passed this venue without taking a second glance of it! šŸ˜› Given that there was a large group of us, a set menu was in place with a small selection available for our choosing.

Picks for the night:

first, hotel richmond
Paella: chorizo, roast capsicum, SA prawns, mussels, calamari; $25.00
300 msa sirloin riverine 120 day aged grain fed msa served with cafe de paris, shoestring fries & mixed leaf salad; $32.00
Roast pumpkin rotolo lasagne: roast capsicum, olive tapenade, pea mash; $24.00

The paella failed to have a crusty base along with the mussels being so overcooked that the meat shrivelled into a small chewy ball of rubbery meat (ick!); but having said that, the rest of the dish was fine with strong mediterranean flavours shining through. The steak was a clear favourite on the table with over half opting for the sirloin but not much was said about it so I’m going to take a punt and say that it was okay. šŸ˜› So the roast pumpkin rotolo was not meant to be and they changed the dish to be a roast pumpkin lasagne instead with the same ingredients. It was a nice serving size with strong flavours from the roast capsicum and olive tapenade which overpowered the dish for me. I was hoping for more roast pumpkin to shine through cause after all, that was the hero of the meal; I also question whether there was any pea mash in my lasagne cause I didn’t see any!

Mains were okay, it did it’s job with satisfying us but not enough to steer us away from dessert!

first, hotel richmond
Vanilla parfait layered with mango and raspberry; $10.00
Tarte aux pommes served with vanilla bean ice cream; $10.00
Churros: cinnamon sugar spiced with chocolate sauce; $10.00

Nothing too exciting with our options for the night. We assumed that the parfait was going to be presented into a small glass but instead, they were thin slices of vanilla parfait layered with mango that just happened to be melting at a rapid rate into a large puddle of… vanilla and mango parfait! The tarte aux pommes didn’t get that much love from people who ordered it either, slices of apples on puff pastry, a scoop of ice cream and a dusting of cinnamon sugar. I had the churros and they were not good. Fat, stumpy and short things they were; and heavily dusted in a coating of cinnamon hence why they look so dark!! Need a churros fix in Adelaide? I vouch for Churros Oz, best churros in Adelaide to date, now go find that truck!

First at Hotel Richmond serves your standard fanfare of a pub meal which is overpriced in my books! It’s a lovely spot for a night out with friends for a drink or some boogying on the dance floor, but as for the food, I’d take the extra effort and make my way down Rundle Street for a better feed that’s worth your dollar.

Food: 2.5/5
Service: 3/5
Value: 2.5/5
Ambience: 3/5


First at Hotel Richmond
128 Rundle Mall
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8215 4421

Opening hours
Mon-Thu 6.30am-10.30am, 12pm-9pm
Fri 6.30am-10.30am, 12pm-6pm
Sat 7.30am-11am, 12pm-9pm
Sun 7.30am-11am

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