The Caledonian Hotel on Bartons Terrace in North Adelaide houses an open bar, beer garden and an adjoining up market dining room called Bartons Restaurant. On our visit, C and I dined at their restaurant whilst we catched up on the happenings over the past few months! Btw, since when did June come about?!
We start off with an entree to share:
Pan seared scallops with crispy pork belly, pea puree, cider glaze and pea sprouts; $18.90
A slight golden sear on the plump and juicy scallops on a thick smear of pea puree dressed in cider glaze. Nice subtle flavours, but unfortunately the crispy pork belly was… well, not very crispy and the pea sprouts didn’t make it on the plate.
House made prawn and scallop ravioli with leek and tarragon veloute; $18.90 entree size
This dish was not what we expected; we expected bite sized raviolis in a soft al dente pasta sheet. The ravioli size wasn’t a problem but the pasta sheets used reminded us more of wonton wrappers as they were slightly tougher and chewier than the ravioli pasta sheets that we’re used to. That aside, the dish was quite tasty and had a good amount of veloute sauce to coat each ravioli piece.
Pan seared Cone Bay barramundi with slow roasted tomato, crispy speck, baby spinach, pinenuts and balsamic; $29.90
My barramundi was cooked perfectly and paired with great accompaniments. The sweet, juicy, slow roasted tomato and salty crispy speck had loads of intense flavour that lent itself to the dish with some extra punch from the balsamic and little surprises of pine nuts scattered throughout the dish.
Garden salad; $7.90
The good ol’ simple garden salad with a killer dressing!
The restaurant room is quite small so it got quite loud towards the end of the night with patrons talking on top of one another. I felt like I was in a yelling match with C at one stage! The food was quite tasty however it took a really long time for our food to come out. After a solid wait of 30 mins or so, and an enquiry to one of the wait staff about our food, our mains finally came out after our first dish was had! Judging from the comments from other diners at Bartons restaurant on Urbanspoon, it seems as if we weren’t the only ones that had an issue with the slow wait times for food; and it doesn’t look like it’s improved over the years either with some comments dating back to 2010. :/
Bartons Restaurant at the Caledonian Hotel
219 O’Connell Street
North Adelaide SA 5006
P 08 8267 1375
Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, 6pm-9pm