I think I’m going to take into account what the stranger says and suggests cause more often than not.. he’s not wrong. Hmph! For example, when I told him that I was catching up with the girls over tapas at Sah.. his reaction… ‘Really? Why…? there’s so many other better places out there.‘ – and you know what, he was right on the money. Instead, my stubbornness and eagerness to try Sah was fueled by recommendations by a few friends and hey.. two vs one, they won out. Haha
Garlic and tomato bread: toasted ciabatta rubbed with garlic & tomato, drizzled with local pressed extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with black volcanic sea salt; $5.90
First up, garlic and tomato bread – they came out and looked boring, unappealing and were completely unseasoned! Extra pinches of the provided salt on the table were taken by us around the table to add some much needed flavour to the bread.
The extensive tapas menu was displayed on the chalk board on one wall of the restaurant with no specific pricing guide, only that they ranged from $6.90-$12.90 and as you would have it, most of the ones that we ordered were at least $10.00 or more. Go figure! (We only found out how much each tapas cost once we got our bill)
Char grilled lamb cutlet with salsa verde; $12.90
Fried scampi tails with garlic, cream and spring onion; $11.90
Seared scallops wrapped in jamon with pink and pea puree; $11.90
Sauteed San Jose chorizo slices with sultanas in Pedro Ximinex glaze; $11.90
One char grilled lamb for $12.90?! Um.. how about no. Way too expensive and nothing worth raving on about. For $12.90, a lunch at Cafe Primo would have been more satisfying (which has now increased to $13.90 but hey, their repetitive commercials did their job)! The fried scampi tails were… not appetising at all. Plops of cream, chunky raw garlic and maybe a piece or two of small and bland scampi tails… yeah… it wasn’t good. Then the scallops… there was none of that light brown sear on the outside, the meat was rubbery and the morsels were small. It ain’t gonna compare to the amazing ones I had at The Pot, thas’ for sure! The chorizos offered some much needed flavour into our meal! Salty charred goodness teamed with sweet sultanas adding a sweetness that cut through the richness.
Grilled Portabello mushroom in truffled polenta; $10.90
Tempura duck slices with orange and sesame glaze; $12.90
Gnocchi romana: house made potato gnocchi tossed with a light Napoli sauce, and finished with torn basil leaves and buffalo mozzarella; $24.90
The mushroom weren’t a favourite on the table and the tempura duck slices were a rip off! Three slices for $12.90?! It’s more expensive than.. say.. a macaron! Then our main of gnocchi arrived.. and it was really bad! The house made potato gnocchi was chewy, rubbery and bland. I left mine untouched for the rest of the evening.
By the end of it all, we racked up a hefty bill for small servings of unappetising food and left with half filled stomachs. Our next stop? The quest for another eatery for a quick feed to fill our unsatisfied stomachs!
Note to self, listen to the stranger.
Sah Modern Mediterranean
145 O’Connell Street
North Adelaide SA 5006
P 08 8267 5292
Mon-Sun 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm–9.30pm
(Dinner served until late on weekends)