The summer slash Christmas holidays isn’t that far off now. Time to dust off them bathers, flip flops and beach towel (don’t forget to slip, slop and slap as well!) for more lazy days down by the beach or poolside. Road trips are also in favour during the break just to escape from the ‘big smoke’ and get a breath of fresh air.
Over the Labour Day weekend, a group of us girls packed up our weekender bags and drove down the two-way Southern Express Way (approx. 45 minutes from the CBD) – yes, it’s TWO-WAYS now! – to a hired holiday house for a much deserved break… and to celebrate P’s bacholorette party. 😉
To conclude our fun getaway, we booked ourselves in for a fancy lunch at the famous and popular Star of Greece that sits on the South Australian coastline overlooking Port Willunga Beach. We were hoping for sunny skies and calm blue waters, but instead we were met with grey skies and strong gusty winds.
We were seated in the ‘shed’ part of the restaurant, closest to the car park and for a moment there, I did think that the roof was going to get blown off. FYI, it didn’t. Phew!
We opted for the 2 course menu at $59 per person and surprisingly everyone but one ordered an entree and main, giving dessert a miss considering how much sweets we had indulged over the weekend as it was. Eg. me having two servings of Connoisseur Belgian Chocolate ice cream the night before! OMG why so tasty for? #notsponsored. Other pricing options include their tasting menu at $70 per person ($80 per person on Sundays & Public Holidays) or 3 courses at $74 per person.
Flaxseed, avocado mousse, caviar/fish roe
We were presented a complimentary plate of striking looking amuse-bouches. A small bite of black flaxseed crisp topped with an avocado mousse and finished with vibrant fish roes which provided tiny bursts of ‘sea’ flavour.
Then followed our mains…
Seared deep sea scallops, potato, yolk puree, rocket, brown butter
A majority of us ordered the divine scallop entree. A trio of plump and juicy scallops with a slight sear on the outside with yellow potato sphere balls cooked just right, still soft yet firm enough to still hold its shape and not fall apart once a fork and knife touched it. Dots of yolk puree, a small drizzle of brown butter and baby rocket leaves completed the pretty looking dish.
Sashimi of kingfish
Sashimi of kingfish with pippis and crème fraiche(?). Simplistic in flavours and presentation.
Coorong mullet, fennel & broad bean salad, confit orange, parsley oil
Pan fried delicate mullet fillets with a bright and crunchy salad of broad beans and fennel bits. A light and citrusy lift was added to the meal from the oranges (peeking underneath the pile of fish) and an extra dash of colour from the parsley oil tied the dish together. A satisfying and light lunch meal.
Black Angus Beef eye fillet, beetroot, Hindmarsh Valley chevre, beetroot jus
Pan fried kingfish and confit tomatoes
The weather may have been gusty and overcast, but that certainly didn’t translate to the food. Fresh and seasonal produce used in every meal and the loveliest of presentation on every plate, all of that paired with a stunning view that is postcard worthy. The right ingredients to a fancy yet relaxing meal.
A sunny day at the Star of Greece from the day prior to our visit
A lovely way to conclude our weekend getaway with awesome company. 🙂
Star of Greece
Port Willunga SA 5173
P 08 8557 7420
Fri-Sat 12pm-3pm, 6pm-late