Two weeks ago, I headed over to the InterContinental Hotel Adelaide to celebrate Riverside Restaurant’s first ever Eat & Tweet evening, where bloggers were invited to sample their new summer menu on the house. It was my first time stepping foot in the hotel on North Terrace, right on the bank of the River Torrens. The interior of the luxury hotel was undoubtedly grand, but what will really catch your eye is the view of the River and the Adelaide Oval through the windows stretching across the hotel’s lobby level. (Depending on which side of the hotel your room is booked, you’ll get the same stunning view on each level).
View of the Oval and the River Torrens from the 24th floor
Espresso Martini; $20.00
I was greeted first thing with an Espresso Martini. It was a hot day and nothing was more refreshing at that moment than their Baileys, Kahlua, espresso, and vodka concoction from their bar, the Atrium Lounge. I’m not usually a fan of martinis, but this one may have changed my mind.
Before dinner we all sat in the Lounge across the lobby from the Riverside Restaurant to enjoy our drinks, the lovely view, and to speak to staff about InterContinental’s inspirations behind the menu and their new accommodation specials in Adelaide. The staff were extremely informative and accommodating throughout the evening — comprised of folks who you could tell really knew and loved Adelaide. So much so, that together they have come up with a package designed for locals for a limited time. For $249, you could spend a night at the InterContinental, enjoy a 3-course dinner at the Riverside Restaurant, and wake up to a breakfast buffet the next morning. All this to revive the Adelaidian’s appreciation of the city, the surrounding views, and their seasonally-inspired dining experience… or perhaps simply to recover from a Christmas with the family members. (This Indulgent Escapes promotion is on offer through the 16th of January.)
It was a great chat BUT all this talking made me one hungry girl by the end of my cocktail!
Prawn and squid salad; $23.00
After drinks and conversations, we made our way over to Riverside.
Now this is where the fun began! For starters, I picked the prawn and squid salad. My plate was so very tiny, yet so very tasty. I had four Spencer Gulf prawns decorated with poached squid with coconut, topped with pomelo, and a shrimp cracker. So succulent and so juicy were my prawns! The subtle coconut flavor of the squid also paired well with the already sweet prawns. The pomelo, a fruit similar to the grapefruit, kept it light and refreshing. Couldn’t have asked for a better start to my summer-inspired dinner.
Of course, I had a case of food envy as my neighboring bloggers’ entrees came rolling out.
Crisp pork belly with Dirt(y) Inc’s chickpea ‘tabouli’; $22.00
Octopus with pressed potato, fennel, cured pork cheek and crisp potato; $22.00
Coffin Bay oysters with Laphroaig Scotch whiskey; $18.00
Next came our mains.
Roasted free-range chicken breast; $38.00
I was caught between the chicken breast and a sirloin from the grill, but boy am I glad I chose the chicken. Being a simple dinner staple, I was expecting this chicken to be something good. And they absolutely delivered. The juicy, moist, flavorful chicken breast sat atop the creamiest potato puree. Nestled beside the chicken was a bed of bright green, crisp green beans (not soggy, which I appreciate) and dressed with sundried tomato pesto and chimichurri. All topped off with a crispy piece of pancetta. Need I say more? Okay, I will say one thing. I loved the idea of the chimichurri accompanying the chicken. The chicken would’ve been fine on its own but I really enjoyed the little extra kick of salty the chimichurri added in contrast to the mild potato puree. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a chicken dish this good!
Pear frangipane tart; $15.00
Dessert was also delish. I went with their pear frangipane tart – a slice of almond-y, earthy pear goodness. The frangipane was an egg, sugar, and almond meal filling that made the tart dense in flavor and texture, thanks to the walnuts, without the excess in sweetness. I was also a fan of the chocolate-dipped macaron, which happens to come from Adelaide’s very own Mac Factory. The macaron filling was custom made for Riverside, a yummy vanilla and wattleseed combination. The scoop of vanilla bean on top a pile of crushed pistachio added to the dessert plate’s earthy and subtle sweet flavors.
And of course, I had to snap a picture of the neighbor’s platter.
Cheeses of the day; $22.00
Talk about a delicious evening. The chef, Tony Hart, came out periodically to explain where the ingredients in our dishes came from. Throughout the evening, the menu unfolded to reveal to us just how much the local ingredients and businesses of SA played an integral part of Riverside’s menu. Whether it be oysters from Samtass Bros Seafoods in Richmond or cheeses supplied by Say Cheese, the menu reflected local South Australia. The kitchen really played upon local ingredients to bring out the tastes of the region in their dishes. Bonus points to InterContinental!
I would say, though, prices are a little higher than I would pay. Perhaps taking advantage of their current promotion would allow you a taste of their summer menu too, without breaking the bank!
[dbites was invited as a guest to Riverside Restaurant]
Riverside Restaurant | InterContinental Adelaide
North Terrace Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8238 2384
Open 7 days