Esca Restaurant & Espresso Bar, Glenelg

The bestie got married this last month! Congrats you! <3

It’s kind of scary to think that I’ve known her for over a decade. And then some! A quartet of us had planned a day of pampering, food, fun and late night antics for the hen which saw it set into action a few weeks ago. We picked a lunch spot with a view down by the bay at Esca after we all enjoyed a blissful pamper session at endota beforehand. The weather gods were rather kind to us with a cool breeze with plenty of sunshine peeking through the clouds.

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The restaurant space was large and open with floor to ceiling windows with beachfront views. Like so. πŸ™‚

Esca sits on the Marina Pier, neighbours with The Oyster Bar, Zucca Greek Mezze and Fish just to name a few. We arrived early and was told to wait in the espresso bar area whilst our table got set up – waiting for our table to be ready with screaming hungry bellies was like watching a cake rise in the oven. Painful and slow. πŸ˜›

Once we were finally seated, we quickly scanned through our menus and made our choices stat, the sooner our decision was made, the sooner the food should come out, right?

We started off with 2 entrees to share and asked our waiter if we could get an extra scallop so we could all get one each. Much to our disappointment, he advised us that that was not possible because of the way the dish was presented. Ohhhkkaaayyyy then.

We were presented this.

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Scallops; $20.00

First up, we couldn’t see why they couldn’t stack another scallop on top of the single ones and charge us for it… but anyways, aside from that, the scallops were divine. We literally scoffed it down (as lady like as possible!) in no time but savoured each bite as best as we could. Plump pan seared mollusks with a nice colour to them with a smooth green pea puree, roasted cherry tomatoes, vincotto and crisp pancetta.

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Duck prosciutto, beetroot, candied walnuts, orange and rocket

Next up, a pretty and vibrant dish straight from their specials menu: duck prosciutto with beetroot, candied walnuts, orange and rocket. It was almost too pretty to eat… Almost. It was as good as it looked! Bursts of freshness and sweetness from the beetroot and orange, tamed down by the thinly sliced duck prosciutto and crunchy candied walnuts. :)~

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Fish of the day: pan fried barramundi, thyme roasted beetroot, lentils, celeriac puree

Oh, I just drooled at the mere sight of this. So. Good. So very, very good. Perfectly cooked barramundi with a moist and sweet flesh with the perfect accompaniments making it a well balanced meal with so much flavour, colour and texture. The trio of us who ordered this dish didn’t leave anything behind on the plate… well maybe the dill. But the fish was demolished! πŸ˜›

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Beef fillet, char-grilled with truffled white polenta, onion jam, asparagus and jus; $34.00

The carnivores for the day were very satisfied and impressed with their beef fillet cooked medium rare.

Nearing the end of our meals, we opted to share desserts to share the calories. Like they say, sharing is caring… πŸ™‚

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Belgian chocolate pudding, chocolate mousse, hazelnut praline and chocolate sauce; $15.00

Rich and decadent, chocolate lovers will lick this plate clean!

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Raspberry and white chocolate semifreddo; $14.00

Tart, refreshing, cool and sweet. A light and sweet finish to end off our delicious lunch! The pops of fresh raspberries were a treat! They double up as a palate cleanser too.

What a wonderful and delicious lunch. We all can’t wait to go back!

Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Value: 4/5
Ambience: 4/5


Esca Restaurant & Espresso Bar
Shop 13–15 Marina Pier
Holdfast Shores
Glenelg SA 5045
P 08 8376 6933

Opening hours
Mon-Fri 9am-2.30pm, 6pm-Late
Sat-Sun 8am-2.30pm, 6pm-Late

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3 comments for “Esca Restaurant & Espresso Bar, Glenelg

  1. Ann
    December 9, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    All those dishes look mighty fine. I hate it when chefs/kitchens are inflexible. I think yours was being a tad precious!

    • dee
      December 10, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      I thought so too… we were happy to pay for the extra scallop.. but no luck.

  2. March 16, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Hello dbites!

    Great review and wonderful photos. Glad you enjoyed your girls lunch! Thanks for sharing.

    Apologies for the perceived inflexibility regarding the scallops. No logical reason why this could not have been accommodated for you on the day – let’s put this one down to inexperience and/or lack of confidence from the waiting staff on the day.

    Be more than happy to look after you again – and customise a quantity to suit πŸ™‚

    When next you choose to come visit, shoot me an email on the address provided – will make sure you’re looked after.

    Happy eating!

    Warm regards,

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