The hole in the wall restaurant oozed a cool, casual and laid back relaxed atmosphere with high open ceilings, exposed bare brick walls and two large blackboards on one side of the wall with the latest and seasonal menu offerings. The food is made for sharing with a modern asian and middle eastern influence.
We were seated by the bar with a view to the open kitchen for the evening which I think, is one of the best seats in a restaurant seeing that one gets to see/spy/drool over all the dishes that comes out of the kitchen. We used this to our advantage and made a mental note of our ‘plan of attack’ for next time (that’s right, there will be a next time! )!
Tuna crudo with pickled fennel, orange and pink peppercorns; $22.50
Pretty as a picture, and so delicious too! The tuna crudo was accompanied with a generous mound of a vibrant salad. The orange citrus danced on the palate with a bite of spice from the crunchy pink peppercorns and fresh crispness and tang from the pickled fennel whilst the thick tuna slices just melted away on the tongue. Fantastic starter! Light, fragrant and visually and texturally very pleasing.
Vietnamese grilled beef with vinegar onions, chilli jam dressing; $34.00
This was… for lack of better words. BOMB. DIGGITY. The grilled beef was incredibly tender and so amazingly fragrant and flavourful with hints of smokiness and charcoal from the grill… and the serving size was impressive too! The fresh herbs, vinegar onions and chilli jam dressing complemented the beef perfectly and both components just sang together harmoniously. A perfectly executed dish with a perfect balance of flavours and textures. I’m drooling by the mere though of how delicious this was. My only advice, go and try this pronto! You
won’t might not want to share either…
Mulloway fish pasty, iceberg, tartare and lemon; $26.00
Last, but definitely not least, the famous and popular Mulloway fish pasty. I have heard that the chef has put it on the menu after its immense popularity at his previous venture at Aquacaf in Goolwa. Simple looking dish and amazingly delicious. A light flaky pastry gave way to a hefty filling of mulloway fish, potato, peas and greens – the stranger commented that it was remiscent of tuna mornay and I love me some tuna mornay – and the accompaniment of a humungo wedge of crisp iceberg lettuce drizzled in tartare with a sprinkle of chives and chopped spring onions. AMAZING. Get the fish… get the fish!!!
Mulloway fish pasty cross section
It has been a loooOoOoooooong while where a whole dining experience has ticked all the right boxes for me and my experience at Peel St was definitely one of them. All the food was beyond amazing, the service was attentive, professional and relaxed and the vibe of the place was chilled and comfortable. Our waiter was knowledgable and super friendly, she suggested a glass of red based on the strangers tastes as well as suggesting our starter of tuna crudo to share before we tucked in to our mains. We planned on ordering four plates to share but our waiter to the rescue recommended that we start off with three to see how we went as serving sizes were quite generous. Great advice cause we were stuffed to the brim whilst we were attacking the fish pasty! It was also a let down for us cause we wanted to eat so much more as everything was so mind blowingly good.
Tip, book book and book. Book well in advance. Try calling at their ‘non peak’ hours to ensure that someone picks up your call but if they don’t, just keep trying. Seriously, you won’t regret it – your bellies will be in for a treat! It’s probably wise to round up a group of friends/family to come along to Peel St, that way you can try more dishes… not sure if that’s a positive or negative cause that means one would also have to share… hahah
9 Peel Street
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8231 8887
Mon-Wed 7.30am-5pm (kitchen closes at 3pm)
Thu-Fri 7.30am-5pm (kitchen closes at 3pm), 6.30pm-Late