We finally made some time to take advantage of the Festival of Food and dined at the River Cafe. The Festival of Food brochure came through the mail box a couple of months ago with 9 popular Adelaide locations offering great value deals for lunch and/or dinner. For example, a three course meal at River Cafe with the FOF set us back $32.50 per person for a Friday evening!
The cafe serves modern Italian food and is on a floating pavilion which sits on the water with views of the River Torrens and city.
Cranberry juice; $4.50
Having signed up to Dry July for the first time, I settled for a cranberry juice whilst The Stranger enjoyed his glass of red – the perfect beverage to warm ones belly on a winters night.
Wood oven ciabatta rustique with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic
Entree tasting plate:
Marinated prawn tail, red pepper dressing, fregola and crisp prosciutto
A plump juicy prawn each accompanied with springy and chewy fregola – a pearl-shaped pasta from Sardinia and a light red pepper dressing.
Cauliflower soup with Manchego crostini
We found the Manchego crostini to be quite chewy and soft when we expected it to be more ‘toasty’ with a bit of crunch to pair with the cauliflower soup; unsure if it was supposed to be like that (?) – Manchego is a cheese made from sheeps milk made in the La Mancha region of Spain.
Saffron and smoked mozzarella arancini with tomato sugo
Golden round spheres of fried risotto balls and melted mozzarella cheese in a tomato sugo to round up the entree tasting platter.
Gnocchi e funghi: pan fried potato gnocchi, sauteed exotic mushrooms, lemon and sage
Having ordered some delicious (entree sized) gnocchi dishes in the past, I thought I’d take a chance and order the mushroom gnocchi as a main this time around. Unfortunately my expectations were not met. The gnocchi was burnt with only a handful of mushrooms to be found, all of which was covered in a pool of oil.
Cotoletta di maiale: Clare Valley pork cutlet pan fried with apple and celeriac puree, red leaf salad, shaved fennel and apple balsamic
The Stranger’s main looked more appetising… and hey, look at that shard of crackling!
Crispy fried potatoes: rosemary, chilli and garlic aioli; $5.00 with Festival of Food offer, normally $9.50
Crispy fried potatoes… not so crispy! We left the bowl untouched for the rest of the night.
Mushrooms: portabello and pearl mushrooms; $5.00 with Festival of Food offer, normally $9.50
Firm, sweet and juicy mushrooms tossed in garlic butter, herbs, white wine and crisp shallots. A tasty side dish but like the mushroom gnocchi, a pool of oil/garlic butter was left behind on the plate. :/
River Cafe macarons: saffron and pineapple flavoured
Tiramisu; $8.50 with Festival of Food offer, normally $12.50
A delicious end to the evening, a soft and light dessert of tiramisu: a traditional Italian frangelico and tia maria sponge cake.
War Memorial Drive
North Adelaide SA 5006
P 08 8211 8666
Mon-Fri Lunch from 12pm
Mon-Sat Dinner from 6pm