“What’s your favourite meal of the day?”
I caught up with a few friendly faces the other week and the question above was asked. “Brunch!” was the first that piped up from our conversation and I’d have to agree… although, let’s be honest here, my favourite meal of the day is any meal as long as food is involved! 😛 So what’s your favourite meal of the day and why?
A lunch date was organised with a talented buddy of mine, our quartet met at The Bowery Kitchen & Grocer which is in the southern end of the city, across the road from Citi Zen on Gilles Street. The name suggests just that, half kitchen and half grocer.
The venue is large and very open with glass windows and sliding doors at the front, and the restaurant had a bench running along one wall with plenty of individual cafe tables and chairs occupying the floor. On the other side of the paying counter in the centre of the restaurant is their well and fully stocked grocer shop. I didn’t get a chance to have a look see but I’ll make my way there again soon! They have a lengthy wine list, fresh juices and the most important out of the lot… coffee! Although, that does depend on what time of the day it is, cause the wine list will more often than not be the preferred beverage option during dinner. 😉
Carrot, apple, celery and ginger juice & apple, kiwi and mint juice; $6.90each
The menu was short but succinct with a handful of dishes that I wanted to try in the one sitting, sadly I could not and asked the waiter for her recommendation. She completely sold me on the meatballs and I’m so glad I took her advice!
Baked beef and chorizo meatballs; $12.90
A warm and comforting bowl was presented with baked beef and chorizo meatballs in a tomato and chipotle sauce with provolone and coriander served with toasted garlic bread. SO. GOOD. It was like having a warm hug from someone’s nonna. The meatballs were juicy and packed with flavour with a peppery note and good heat, the tomato and chipotle sauce was thick and punchy that was well tempered with the provolone cheese and fresh coriander; alongside it was two pieces of crunchy toast… I would’ve been happy with plain toast but this had garlic butter which made it even better! I should have stopped at the one piece but it was too good to stop at one, so I mopped up all of the remaining sauce with all of my bread. Oops!
End result? A spotless bowl with a few stray crumbs left behind. Haha 😛 The kitchen should be happy with that.
Chopped salad with charred corn, chic peas, iceberg, capsicum and crispy tortilla with smoked paprika chicken; $16.90
Haloumi salad with cucumber, heirloom tomatoes, spanish onion, parsley, mint, oregano and olives; $14.90
I didn’t get to try the other dishes but was told that both were delicious; my vegetarian buddy gave the double thumbs up for the bright and vibrant haloumi salad.
A really nice spot with easy street parking. Can’t make it here for lunch? Well not to worry, they do dinners as well! I need to make some time to head back and give their dinner and wine list menu a whirl. 🙂
The Bowery Kitchen & Grocer
19 Gilles Street
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8212 3535