Weekend bites: Pancakes at the Port and The Lion Hotel

Pancakes at the Port

Pancakes at the Port
Enormous apple cider; $5.00
German feast; $15.00
Hot buttered walnuts; $13.00

One of the perfect things to cure a hangover? Thick fluffy pancakes!

A popular spot down by the dock in Port Adelaide is Pancakes at the Port often with patrons filled inside and outside the premises. Reservations are recommended although we did visit this spot as a walk in and didn’t have to wait too long for a table to free up. They’ve got original pancakes (short stacks) along with sweet and savoury ones. The Stranger ordered his usual go-to pancakes, the German feast with kranski sausage, bacon, egg and tomato (with way too much whipped butter) with a side of maple syrup whilst I stuck with something on the sweeter side, pancakes with walnuts cooked in butter and maple syrup. Amazingly he smashed through his ‘not very vibrant or colourful’ looking breakfast with ease whilst I stopped after going through half a pancake as it was sickeningly sweet and my sugar quota was met after the first bite. Aside from that, the pancakes were the main star of the show, perfectly unison in shape and size, all golden, light and fluffy. It just comes down to what topping you’re after.

Pancakes at the Port
1 Mercantile Dock
Port Adelaide SA 5015
P 08 8447 1877

Opening hours
7 days 8am-4pm

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The Lion Hotel

The Lion Hotel
Dining area, light fitting, wine cellar

The Lion Hotel
Snapper crudo, confit egg yolk, kohlrabi, melon and black sesame oil; $19.90
Pig jowl with Moreton Bay Bugs, red grapes and apple miso $21.90
Cape grim beef fillet with braised short rib, seaweed and mushroom dashi; $39.90
Duck breast with fermented pear, pencil leeks, morcilla sausage and cider; $37.90

An impromptu dinner saw us getting a table for two at The Lion hotel restaurant. With our ‘rule of thumb‘ applied, we ordered entrees and mains only to ensure that we didn’t over order and if in any case we were still hungry, we could always have a gander at the dessert menu. We shared the snapper crudo and pig jowl, both presented nicely and with an interesting combination of flavours however by the end of it all, we weren’t sure if we enjoyed the flavours or not. We didn’t enjoy our mains too much either; the beef fillet was quite flavourless and the accompaniments of seaweed and mushroom dashi was an odd combination that didn’t add any flavour to the dish, it was all too one noted and subtle that it didn’t make an impact on our palates. The duck breast presented in a rectangle strip (interesting) had a bit more flavour from the sauce but the pencil leeks were tough and chewy and the greens just made us think it was an Asian inspired dish that wasn’t quite right. We left quite disappointed and hoped it was a once off cause I’ve had an amazing meal here before and the pub side of The Lion does a mean burger too!

The Lion Hotel
161 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide SA 5006
P 08 8367 0222

Opening hours
Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10pm
Sat 6pm-10pm
Sun 12pm-3pm

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1 comment for “Weekend bites: Pancakes at the Port and The Lion Hotel

  1. April 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Lovely photos here – I feel like I could grab a fork and join in! That walnut pancake looks divine, even if it was too sweet!

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