The Publishers Hotel on Franklin Street in the west of the Adelaide CBD boasts a new menu with focus on offering lighter, healthier options made from local produce, while creating a rustic, yet modern, Australian inspired cuisine. Head chef Daniel Brooks has 16 years of experience having worked in many high profiled restaurants across Adelaide and Sommelier Patrick White, who’s worked with Neil Perry and Luke Mangan, brings a respectful and accessible selection of mature premium wines and craft beers to complement your meal and enhance the ambience.
We were invited along to their new menu launch and upon arrival, we were treated to bubbles and plenty of smoked oysters to kick start our appetites! The front bar of the restaurant is casual with a relaxed feel; there’s also some live music on some nights of the week for a little bit of entertainment.
Briny and creamy morsels with hints of the sea and a nice touch of smokiness to each mouthful. Mmmm~
A whole group of us bloggers, media and vips were then led to the back of the restaurant towards the private dining area where we were all treated to samples of a number of the new starters and mains so we got a taste of what most of the new dishes on offer tasted like.
Starters for the evening…
Breaded lamb terrine; $19.00, venison carpaccio smoked; $18.00, ocean trout confit, crispy olive, persian feta, mint sauce; $18.00, quail; $17.00
The breaded lamb terrine was probably my favourite from the lot, with the quail coming a very close second. The lamb was like a gourmet version of a chicken nugget, but better with a crispy golden breaded outer crumb with a moist and flavourful filling of lamb terrine and accompaniments of pickled sliced carrot, confit garlic and potato puree which complemented the lamb well.
Venison carpaccio smoked, strawberry, finger lime, baby capers; $18.00
The quail was also a stand out, each piece speck wrapped with fennel puree and sweet kumera thin crisps (sweet potato).
Then we moved onto the onslaught of mains!
Gnocchi Romana; $25.00
This wasn’t your typical gnocchi, it was a large slab of gnocchi, much like a lasagne minus the layers of sauces with crispy silver beet, pickled ribbons of carrot, fennel puree and pine nuts. Different, but still quite delicious although the gnocchi is a bit more denser than your typical individual gnocchi pillows.
Spatchcock, chermoula, quinoa pilaf, puffed rice, grilled lemon; $36.00
16hr pork belly, romanesco, pickled onion, peppered pineapple, green beans; $35.00
Kangaroo rump, candied cumquats, fennel puree, salt roasted kumera, jus; $34.00
As always, no meal is complete without dessert!
The chef’s take on a Picnic with chocolate mousse, chewy caramel, tuile and chocolate almonds. We did find the caramel to be super duperly chewy and sticky, so much so that I gave up quickly after using a bit of force to pick a stringy piece out of it with my fork. A very sweet ending with many layers of different textures, a nice finish for the evening.
Surely, there’s something for everyone at the Publishers Hotel, whether it be the new dishes on offer or crowd favourites like popcorn chicken, crispy beef, and shoestring fries – perfect for sharing over a drink with friends. Thanks for a lovely evening Publishers Hotel and a well organised event by the fab team at Girl About Town!
[dbites was invited as guests to Publishers Hotel]
110 Franklin Street
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8212 7969