It’s been a long while since I’ve purchased a good value meal offer on those deal sites so it was a pleasant surprise when I saw an awesome offer for dinner at the award winning modern contemporary restaurant: Celsius Restaurant and Bar on Gouger Street. A 4 course degustation for two for $99… I snapped that up fast! 😛
Celsius sits on Gouger Street yet it is cleverly hidden away from the hustle and bustle outside; the restaurant front has an intimate enclosed verandah area which is blocked off by a feature wall with the restaurant name and logo in steel. The interior of the restaurant was sophisticated, warm and cozy with a few private booths and a large open dining area. We were seated in an open booth beside the front door which gave us the view of the verandah area and a bit of the street view allowing us to people watch.
White sour dough and beer bread(?) with whipped butter smoked with peach wood
We started off with 2 kinds of bread: white sour dough and beer bread with the accompaniment of a cute little jar of whipped butter and smoked peach wood trapped inside. It was visually exciting once the lid was lifted and the smoky aroma ever so quietly floated away with a few wisps of smoke left behind in the jar.
Atlantic salmon, beetroot, ‘olive’ liquorice’, lardo
Our first course was beautifully presented. I struggled to take a shot of it in its full glory as I was battling low light and whilst the seconds were ticking by, the bubbles were popping/dispersing away! Nevertheless, a delightful meal with so much colour and texture, the salmon was sweet and firm accompanied by sweet vibrant beetroot, olive liquorice and a thin slice of lardo that melted away once consumed.
Pork tongue, pine mushrooms, chestnut
Our first savoury main dish arrived of pork tongue, pine mushrooms and chestnut. The texture of the pork tongue resembled the texture of a liver but a lot firmer and less ‘powdery’. The pine mushrooms were firm and thick, we were also told by our waiter that they were handpicked from Strathalbyn that very day; fresh and locally sourced! I opted for the paired wines for the degustation at $30.00, but there was some miscommunication between the wait staff as my wine for my second course had yet to make its way to the table. About half way through my main did we manage to flag a staff member down to inform them of the slight hiccup. Next minute, wine in hand! 🙂
Poached chicken breast, eggplant, fig, onion
The plating up of the dishes here were amazing. Look at that cylindrical poached chicken breast! The chicken breast was moist and naturally sweet whilst the crackling chicken skin was cracking! Baby figs and baby onions accompanied the main; the figs were earthy and slightly tough with a nutty texture whilst the baby onion layers were sweet and firm.
Viola, pistachio, blueberries ‘cheese cake’ deconstructed
Last course for the evening: a deconstructed cheesecake and what a delightful one it was. The combination of textures and visual components for the dessert was incredibly fun and pretty to look at. The single quenelle of viola ice cream was silky smooth, soft and refreshing which contrasted well with the moist and subtly sweet pistachio cake. There were pops of juicy sweetness from the fresh blueberries, tartness from the cheese crumbs, some creaminess from the yoghurt and a delicate fragrance from the edible vibrant blooms.
We both thoroughly enjoyed our starter and dessert but it was a shame that both savoury mains didn’t appeal to our palates so we left feeling slightly dissatisfied. Overall, an enjoyable evening was still had in a relaxing, warm environment.
Celsius Restaurant and Bar
95-97 Gouger Street
Adelaide SA 5000