Meet Cliché Exhibition, a French restaurant plus bar plus gallery–The Wonderful Winkler Gallery that features 24 local artists which now takes premises on O’Connell Street in place of the previous French restaurant, D’artagnan.
The restaurant is moody and warm with large, bold and contemporary French inspired artworks displayed around the walls. A modern and funky light fixture sits above the ceiling for some extra mood lighting and the long wine bar is still intact from the previous restaurant. Seating is aplenty, both indoors, outdoors (perfect for summer) and there’s even a separate upstairs function area too.
Complimentary warm toasty bread with butter discs
We dappled into their quirky illustrated menu with clever and fun titles and selected a few from their entrees, mains and of course, desserts!
Yeah… there was no way we were going to a French restaurant and not order these classic favourites!
Classic beef tartare; $12.50
A classic beef tartare with quail egg, toasted French stick bread and mini pickles to balance out the richness with a touch of tang.
Winklers wonderful potted duck pate; $12.00
And of course, a serve of duck liver parfait with accompaniments. It was a hit with the table, but unfortunately, the bread to parfait ratio was all wrong with too little bread and too much parfait. In fact, this ratio discrepancy applied to the beef tartare too, and not only at Cliché but we’ve found the same thing at many other establishments. We can’t be the only one that thinks this, no? Some places are happy to provide extra bread, whilst some give a strict no, thankfully, the lovely staff happily offered us extra carb crisps to slather the remaining smooth rich parfait on.
We also ordered a serve of Coquilles colour-field, scallops with pea puree, cucumber and crispy enoki mushrooms with salmon roe; $16.00. Delish!
We actually found the entrees menu more appealing than the mains, but thankfully, we were pleasantly surprised and impressed at how delicious the mains were as we mopped the plates clean!
Bebe, bebe, bebe; $26.00
The pan fried chicken breast on avocado mousse with asparagus and truffle salsa may have not looked like much, but it was the juiciest and most flavourful chicken breast we’ve tasted in a long time! Seriously… so, so good! Even the ‘thinner’ edges of the chicken breast had none of that ‘dry’ texture that we so often associate with chicken breast when overcooked. Perfect and delicious protein minus the avocado mousse that had a lingering lemon citrus flavour throughout that really threw the balance of the dish as a whole. We suspected the lemon juice was used in the mousse to prevent the avocado from browning but in this case, a bit too heavy handed!
Champignon délicieux; $22.00
This veggie number of crusted portobello mushroom, assorted mushrooms, béchamel and capsicum vinaigrette was also a tasty surprise. Earthy, juicy and meaty with a light dressing for another depth of flavour. Mushroom lovers will be impressed.
Fat potatoes: duck fat roasted kipfler potatoes; $7.50
Golden carb nuggets roasted in duck fat and sprinkled in salt. :)~
Dessert was of a rich chocolate and hazelnut pairing and something a little bit more lighter and traditional in a lemon curd souffle.
Gianduja mousse, hazelnut dacquoise, salted caramel popcorn and coffee creme anglaise; $14.00
Lemon curd souffle; $14.00
A favourite amongst us all. A light, fluffy, cloudy mouthful of tasty lemon-y air with a slight crispy, caramelised top. A must order.
Overall, a very impressive meal and experience at Cliche Exhibition, the food was delicious and impressed us all, service was friendly and attentive and the atmosphere and ambience relaxed, warm with a touch of whimsy in the air.
26 O’Connell Street
North Adelaide SA 5006
P 08 8267 4083