Get comfortable folks, there’s quite a few photos in this blog post! Don’t say I didn’t warn you. 😉
The Loft signage
A special media VIP night was held at the new hip and cool hang out spot of The Loft Oyster and Bar on Gouger Street where I and a few other bloggers were invited along to indulge in the Loft experience. We were there to discover the menu, wines and cocktails in a whole new light.
Up the stairs and one was met with two large tall doors, and through said doors was an open spacious room which would be perfect for an event, gathering or function with access to a large bar, “pod” styled seating and a outdoor balcony.
A glass of champers to tingle the taste buds before the night started.
As I entered the premises, I was welcomed by Edward, the Loft’s bar manager and cocktail extraordinaire who was super friendly and very inviting. His mantra is that he has chosen to work in the hospitality field and thus customers in the Loft are treated as if they are guests in his own home. On that alone, I was sure that we were in for a great night!
Cold drip coffee apparatus on display
The large long table against the back of the room was ours for the night with an apparatus set up in the centre where we’d be sampling later on that night.
Drip… drip… (4 hours worth of cold drip coffee)
A trio of deer heads
Germana: ultra premium cachaca
A sip of some cachaca started off our night; a brother liquor to rum, it is made from fermented sugarcane juice and matured for 2 years in oak barrels. Woohoo! It was pretty strong so lightweights, beware! Luckily for us, we got to enjoy the cachaca in a refreshing cocktail paired with raw oysters.
White balsamic vinaigrette oysters
The oysters were delightful. Naturally sweet, briny and silky smooth paired with an oily white balsamic vinaigrette that was sharp and complemented perfectly with the caprihina cocktail with hints of lime and sugar and a kick of cachaca. Yum!
Caprihina cocktail: cachaca, lime and sugar
If raw oysters aren’t your thing, how about these babies? Warm kilpatrick oysters with bacon bits and Worcestershire sauce; a great balance of contrasting flavours of sweet and saltiness and paired deliciously with the Prancing Pony Brewery Black Ale. The Prancing Pony is a fire brewed black ale from Mount Barker, it was bitter yet smooth with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, liquorice and caramel and countered the sweetness of the oysters really well.
Prancing Pony Brewery – black ale
Grilled scallops, prosciutto and pesto
Scallops are one of my favourites from the seafood family! These bite sized delights were paired with two different beverages, therefore we got two lots of scallops; no complaints from me cause they were delicious! Perfectly grilled and topped with aged prosciutto and a smear of pesto, there was the option for a squeeze of lemon but I thought they were perfect without! The first plate of scallops was paired with a refreshing, light and slightly acidic south side cocktail of gin, lime, mint and sugar with hints of fresh herbs. The next was paired with a glass of Ducks in a Row – Fiano: a light and easy white.
South side cocktail, 2011 Ducks in a Row – Fiano
Fresh prawns rolled with cabbage, eggplant accompanied with a ‘secret’ sweet sauce that got us all asking, ‘what is in that sauce?!’. Emily, the part owner of the Loft had her lips sealed while we ‘poked and prodded’ but the recipe for the secret sauce will remain a secret! 😛 A light glass of Ducks in a Row Nero c’Avola was paired with the sweet and veggie filled prawn roll which cut through the food nicely and has been touted as the ‘next big thing’ in the world of wines.
2011 Ducks in a Row – Nero c’Avola
The charcuterie platter had a variety of small goods (pepper ham, prosciutto) sourced from San José Smallgoods from the Adelaide Central Markets, some smooth velvety chicken liver pate, tapenade of kalamata olives and pickled vegetables of cauliflower, baby carrots and radish. The conversational platter of food had variety of textures and flavours with the prosciutto being my favourite as it was smoky, salty and melted away with each bite. The charcuterie was paired with a glass of Ducks in a Row tempranillo / graciano / mataro blend.
Cheese: blue lacqueuille and petit sapin
One of my other favourite things in the world, cheese! These cheeses were from Say Cheese in the Adelaide Central Market and they were accompanied with a sweet fig and walnut roulade, walnuts, dried fruit and a cube of quince. I usually steer clear from blue cheeses as I often find them super strong and pungent but these were not, they were creamy, rich and super smooth paired with a super sweet sherry cobbler to cut through the richness. The sherry cobbler consists of dry sherry, fruit liquor, gin, wedges of lemon and orange, strawberry slices, apple, orange peel, a sprig of fresh mint and a maraschino cherry from a $200 can! To top that off, the glass was filled with ice as back in the 1800’s, ice was an expensive commodity and only the rich were able to afford sherry cobblers. A very sweet and luxurious cocktail, if you have a major sweet tooth, this one’s definitely up your alley.
Sherry cobbler: dry sherry, fruit liquor and gin
DIY cold drip experiment cocktail with First Pour cold drip coffee
Cold drip coffee cocktail
Now onto the interactive part for the night: the DIY coffee cold drip experiment cocktail. *excitement* Cold brew coffee takes time. A lot of it. Ice is melted at room temperature over the ground coffee beans where each drop of water seeps through the ground beans and through a coffee filter, eventually ending in a flask underneath the apparatus. The result is a coffee concentrate that tastes naturally sweet and because it had no contact with heat as the coffee doesn’t get ‘burnt’, there was no bitterness. The DIY cocktail was a mix of cold drip coffee, rum, saffron, bitters and sugar, chilled in ice and finished off with a lime peel with its oils released. A summers cocktail that I’d happily order time and time again. Incredibly light, refreshing and fragrant from the sweet coffee to the hint of saffron and the lovely citrus note to round off each sip.
The best cocktail was saved for last! :)~
Wine and glassware on display on shelves, bar, (?), water to keep us going throughout the night
The loft is a relaxing lounge that would be the perfect hang out spot where patrons can chill, eat and drink without having to yell over one another to be heard. The kitchen is open late if you’re after something small to eat with a small menu offering oysters, scallops, chacuterie and/or a cheese platter.
Remember… at the Loft, drinking should always be a pleasure! 😉 Too right!
A huge thank you to Cassie, Emily and Edward for a lovely evening. 🙂
The Loft Oyster & Wine Bar
Level 1/128 Gouger Street
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8211 8887