Pasta cravings satisfied at one of Adelaide’s culinary institution, Parlamento. No doubt, you’ve probably walked past the premises plenty of times, seen that the place is packed to the brim, but still didn’t think much of the place. Yes, the restaurant itself is a little clinical and cafe looking, but the food is homely, generous and full of flavour. There is a reason why it’s always packed!
Our quartet started off with some scallops before we carb loaded on their pasta dishes with a side of garlic bread and some salad… you know, for balance. 😉
Capesante gratinate: fresh local scallops grilled with breadcrumbs, lemon zest, parmesan, extra virgin olive oil and parsley; $19.00
Penne basilico; $21.00 (entree size)
For once, I did not order their signature, the penne basilico with chicken breast, semi-sundried tomatoes, roast capsicum and fresh basil in a cream tomato salsa, which mind you, is still a winner and a hit with our table as half of us ordered it. I did manage to steal a bite, and it was still as good as I remembered.
Penne con zucca, ricotta e pancetta; $20.00 (entree size)
Instead, the pumpkin pasta stole my stomach this time. I figured, why not go out of my comfort zone and try something different. 🙂 The penne pasta had sweet roasted pumpkin, ricotta, Italian bacon for a hit of salt, baby spinach, pine nuts for crunch and parmesan. Yum… but super creamy and rich. I failed to finish the entree sized pasta, probably a good thing for the waist line really. Hehe! But should I make a return visit, I think I’d get the signature again cause after all, I am a red pasta sauce gal at heart! Or in this case, stomach?
Spaghetti ai calamari e chorizo: calamari, chorizo, lemon zest in extra virgin olive oil, chilli and coriander; $21.00 (entree size)
Order the main pasta serving sizes if you dare, they are HUGE. Most of us ordered the entree size which were $4.00 less than the price of main serving size and still, we rolled out of Parlamento on a carb high.
Garlic bread; $4.50
We have yet to test our dessert stomachs on every single Parlamento visit. The reason can be summed up in two words: carb overload. But satisfactorily so.
Parlamento is in a prime location in the CBD, parking might be a bit of a pain in the butt but once that’s sorted, there are plenty of places and things to do whether it be before or after a meal. You’ve got the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Casino, Festival Centre, a plethora of west end bars and clubs, Rundle Mall and the tram stop opposite the restaurant too, where the tram will take you down to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre should you be heading there for a concert. 😉 Plan ahead and you’ve got your day with lunch and/or dinner sorted.
Book ahead; expect fast and casual service, a noisy atmosphere, lots of food options and don’t forget to bring an empty stomach!
140 North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8231 8851
Sat 8.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-Late