The Rezz Hotel

Today on the Dining Diaries…

The definition of “large” needs a redefinition,
I’m presented with Beef Cheeks to die for and
Lovely staff but they clearly have one eye fixed on the clock.

FullSizeRenderDiners today we found ourselves at The Rezz Hotel in Newton.

I can’t tell you how many times this place has been recommended to us and it was well worth the visit!

It’s situated near the pretty Thorndon Park Reserve that I used to run through quite regularly when I lived in the area.

I’m not sure if it’s been refurbished lately but it looked quite modern, new and clean as we walked in. There’s a cafe and a Bistro area and hubby and I turned to go to the Bistro.

There seemed to be a lot of (older) people in there including a couple of big groups. I liked the big open windows onto to greenery outside. It just gives you a nice feeling.
Hubby and I were hoping for one of the booths but although the booth tables were free, they weren’t made up so we just sat at the table we were brought to.

I had already looked through the menu online so I had an idea of what I wanted but hubby still needed some time. I had called ahead, and asked what time they serve lunch to and was told 2pm. I’m sure the website said 2.30pm. In any case, It was 1.45pm when we arrived and at 1.52pm, the waitress had been to our table twice and was tapping her pen on her pad. I understand there are times for a reason but we were told we had until 2pm to give an order and felt like we were a little under pressure to choose!

In the end, I ordered some Beef Cheeks and hubby went for a Greek Salad and some Pork Medallions.
We listened to the easy listening music while we waited and watched as the server diffused a situation at one of the group tables. I thought given the amount of people in the room she did really well.

We probably waited a little longer than I would have liked but my food did NOT disappoint!

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Beef Cheeks – Slow cooked in Marsala, served with herb mash, broccolini and baby carrots.
Well every little morsel of this was just divine. I even gave some to hubby because I could not believe how good it tasted and wanted him to try some.
You can’t see it in my picture but it was actually a really decent size piece of meat. The last time I ordered beef cheeks, most of it was fat. It was really disappointing but this one was just one delicious mouthful of meat after another. So tender, just melting effortlessly in my mouth. I tried not to show it too much as I know hubby was a little disappointed in the size of his dish. The vegetables were fresh and slightly firm and the herb mash along with that sauce was just so beautiful. I could eat that every day!! Superb.

We were going to share the Greek Salad but as I felt hubby needed it more, I only took a bit to taste.

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It certainly looks very colourful but the menu specifically states that there’s a vinaigrette but neither hubby or I could taste any dressing. The elements look kind of shiny, like there’s some dressing on them, but there really wasn’t. However, having said that, the elements in the dish were very fresh and tasty on their own so it wasn’t awful, it was just lacking.

And now to hubby’s Pork Medallion….
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I should have mentioned earlier, that when we were looking for a starter, or something to have with our mains, the server said “oh they’re really big serves, you probably won’t need anything else
If you enjoy food, you know you can never trust anyone who says that and that’s why hubby was really disappointed when he saw his dish.
The menu description read – Pork Medallions – Cooked with mushroom, brandy and green peppercorns and cream sauce, served with crushed rosemary, kipler potatoes and spinach.
As to what was on his plate, hubby said everything was perfect, even the spinach. He thought the sauce was really nice and a great accompaniment to the meat and loved the thin slivers of mushroom.
Unfortunately it just didn’t seem to fill him and if we hadn’t been specifically told “they’re big serves” he maybe wouldn’t have been so disappointed. I’m sure a few extra potatoes on the plate or if we’d ordered a side of wedges, it would have made all the difference but he felt like he hadn’t really eaten.

Still, even after all that, everything we ate, apart from the missing dressing on the salad, was just perfection and I’m really looking forward to coming here again and trying their  Moroccan Lamb dish! Yum.

Have you been to the Rezz Hotel?
What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below!

Till next we chow…

The Goody

Today on the Dining Diaries…

Pretty herb planters decorate the tables,
We dine in the Beer Garden with the “cool” kids and
We contemplate whether we prefer large mediocre dishes or small exceptional ones…

goodwood-park-hotel-3523-1.jpgDiners today were at Goodwood Park Hotel or “The Goody” as it’s more affectionately known.

This is another one of the iconic Adelaide pubs that I’ve driven past a million times, yet never ventured into and I always wondered what it was like behind those doors!

When we first got there we walked through to the Bistro area. It was like we walked through this really great front bar area, past the funky and busy Beer Garden into a, well, not so happening area.
There were people in the restaurant, but they were older and it was relatively quiet. Even the decor was a little toooooo soothing. Soothing us right into our coffins I think…

I’m being harsh for dramatic affect. There was nothing wrong with the dining room, it just wasn’t where we wanted to be, especially after passing that beer garden.
So we grabbed our menus and switched tables to one out in the Beer Garden, taking full advantage of the magnificent weather we were having today.


I took these photos as we were leaving but when we arrived, each table was full and we were lucky to get a spot! There were plenty of young business people having lunch or sneaking in a quick drink before they had to get back to work.
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Each table had a planter on it with different herbs. I thought that was so cute!

I think I even noticed some tomato plants!!!

There really was a great atmosphere out here and I’m glad we’d switched seats.

I had a bit of trouble with the menu as I noticed  a few things that I could have ordered but in the end, went for the chef’s special.
Pistachio Crusted Barramundi with wilted Kale and Salse Verde.
Hubby went for the Seafood Basket – Salt & Pepper Squid, Skewered Prawns, Pale ale battered Australian Flathead, chips, salad, lemon, tartare.

Mine was a reasonable $28 and hubby’s was $29.
I’d seen some other plates as we walked out and the food looked pretty good so I was super excited to see what ours was going to look like.

My Barramundi was such a pretty little dish! Emphasis probably on the word “little”

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This picture probably makes the fish look like a larger portion than it was but just compare it to the wedge of lemon and you’ll get a better idea.
When I took my first bite I exclaimed “WOW”. Hubby replied “Is that ‘wow’ as in wow, this is all the fish I got?”
Now I should preface by saying that portion size was my ONLY complaint. The food itself was just divine!!! Each bite was like a magical dance on my taste buds. The pistachio crust was something I hadn’t tasted before and had a dynamic vibrance when paired with the salse verde.
The potatoes are hidden under the wilted kale but thankfully, there was a substantial portion of those so I did feel like I had eaten in the end, it just didn’t look like much when it first came out.

I wasn’t sure what to think of hubby’s when it came out. I mean, he ordered it so he must have wanted to eat that.
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Everything looked so “yellow”. The basket was just awash with yellow. Unfortunately, it made you think there was more in there than actually was because underneath the couple of pieces of fish and two prawns and two squid, was a good portion of fries.
So he too got “full up” on potatoes but what he really wanted was the Seafood.
Having said that, what was there was nice enough. The salad didn’t have dressing which was disappointing (why do they do that????) but the ingredients were crispy fresh and looked nice on the plate next to all that yellow.

I would expect smaller serves at fine dining or “fancier” restaurants, but not at a local pub. Especially not somewhere like the Goody. Maybe we just ordered the wrong thing.

Again, I want to say this is our only complaint and it’s well known that hubby and I have big appetites so the serves are probably good enough for the average diner… or maybe we were just unlucky on the day and normally the serves are bigger than that?
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I would have no hesitation in recommending The Goody as a place to hang out and chill with your friends and enjoy a well cooked and presented meal!

Have you been to The Goody?
What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below!

Till next we chow…

The Flagstaff

Today on the Dining Diaries…

We experience “diners regret”
We happen upon yet another salad bar and
We find a chef with a fridge full of cream and he’s not afraid to use it.

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Flagstaff Hotel – by day

Hello fellow diners. Today we’re at The Flagstaff; A hotel that’s situated on the corner of the busy South and Marion Road intersection.

We were here in the early evening and I couldn’t decide if the view of traffic speeding by with their twinkling head lights was strangely comforting or causing some mild anxiety.

Hubby and I had both had a bit of a stressful day and I don’t think we’d wound down enough when we entered the Hotel. I know I myself just wasn’t “feeling it” tonight and I don’t think that was The Flagstaff’s fault.

flagstaff-hotel (1)We walked into the large Bistro area dining room. Hubby saw the Salad Bar immediately and his eyes lit up but my guess is he researched this before we left home and that’s why he wanted to come here. Cheeky.

We felt a little lost but grabbed a table while I searched for some menu’s. There were a LOT of people here so this place is happening although I think we brought the average age level down a little when we walked in.

I thought there were lots of good options on the menu but nothing jumped out at me. It was regular good pub food. Again, I just wasn’t feeling it so I don’t want to blame that on The Flagstaff.
I waited in the long line to place our order while hubby gleefully raced to the salad bar. I ended up ordering the Baked Barramundi – Served with eggplant, truss tomatoes, ratatouille and a salsa verde (I’m not convinced I got all that) and hubby ordered the Pulled Pork Burger – slow cooked pork,double smoked bacon, tasty cheese, slaw, and kewpi mayonnaise on a glazed bun with sliced dill pickles and crunchy chips

The salad bar greatly lived up to hubby’s expectations. Lots of cold and hot choices AND two choices of soup as well. I noticed the potatoes, broccoli and pasta salad all had heavy doses of cream. I tried some of the “rich tomato soup” and I wasn’t sure what to think. It tasted like someone had added cream and cheese to a canned soup. Perhaps I’m being too harsh but it wasn’t to my liking, however everything else there was just fine.

We saw other meals coming out and immediately got diners envy. Everything looked big and delicious!

We weren’t disappointed with our plates when they came out either.

FullSizeRender (18)Hubby’s Pulled Pork Burger looked amazing!! Overflowing with that pork and just oozing yumminess.

I wasn’t sure how he was going to be able to eat it though and told him “good luck with that”.

I’m pretty sure he’d zoned out at that stage and only had senses for the burger he was about to devour.

Eventually he said “It’s a bitch to eat but I love it” which summed the dish up nicely!

The pulled pork was tender and had a gorgeous taste and was definitely a winner.

 

FullSizeRender (19)My Barramundi dish looked pretty good when it came out too.

I love the different colours. It definitely was an inviting dish but I just would have liked to have been able to see the fish.
You can just see it if you look hard enough.

The broccoli and greens were good. Tasty, crunchy and a nice compliment to the fish.

The fish itself was cooked really well and tasted lovely. I had no complaints about it although I really could have done without that sauce that was so very thick and rich.

I wasn’t won over by the ratatouille. It was almost like a carrot fritter. I’m assuming the orange thing is the ratatouille. I’m really not sure. The menu also said that there would be eggplant and truss tomatoes – or were they in the ratatouille? I don’t know, but I couldn’t taste them.
These are all just minor things. The star of the dish was the Barramundi and it was delicious.

I would recommend you try The Flagstaff for yourself. It’s very popular and you’re sure to find something you like on the menu – Dare I say it, the salad bar alone is worth the visit.

 

Have you been to The Flagstaff?
What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below!

Till next we chow…

 

The Woodcroft

Today on the Dining Diaries…

The ribs make us roar but the beef was a bore.
You can go far with an okay salad bar and
Fireplaces bring comfy heat and soothing cosiness while we eat.

Ah thanks for indulging me by reading that rhyme. Seemed liked a good idea at the time..

Now onto the review! Today we were at The Woodcroft.
What a nice little surprise this place was! We hadn’t been here before and truly hadn’t heard much about it but it came up on a list of possible places to go today so we chose it.

I had a look on their website before we left to see what kind of menu they had and to see if there is anything unique about the place. The Woodcroft calls itself the “soul of the south”, with priorities being brew, conversation, and comfort food. They also claim that their delicious new menu raises the bar on pub food. Sounded good to me!

When you walk through you see that there are quite a few different eating areas and many of them have  fireplaces which I find a huge plus! Nothing like sitting in front of a fire place. I love that the seating areas are diverse too, so you can pick whatever area you’re in the mood for. There’s lots of lovely wood and industrial type decor making the dining areas spacious looking but also strangely cosy and comforting.

We took a couple of menus and found a nice comfy booth. There really is a lot on this menu! From pub favourites like schnitzels and salt & pepper squid to specialties like Jambalaya, Tank Beer Braised Beef in cob, Habanero Prawns and many more.

Seacliff Beach Hotel

Today on the Dining Diaries,

We get Schnitty’s on the cheap,
We get Cider on the cheap,
We discover that when assessing food quality, value for money saves the day!

Hey Diners, today we were at the Seacliff Beach Hotel. A pub that is situated on the esplanade at Seacliff.
Anyone who’s been here can attest to the perfect location, especially in Summer when the sun and surf glisten in the background as you sip your wine or beer.

We have been to the Seacliff many times, but usually on the weekend. Today we were drawn here because of their Thursday night special – Two Schnitty’s and a cider for $30. Now that’s value!

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We walked in from the ground floor. There seems to be a stark difference between the ground and top floors. The ground floor is carpeted and devoid of atmosphere. It seems to attract an older crowd.

 

njouvipv9nnqbcmwiqmdThe top floor, even when not full of people, seems to have an entirely different vibe. Warm wood, exposed brick, noise, relaxed and a much younger clientele. There’s also a fireplace however even on this cold night, it wasn’t lit which was a little disappointing.

The top floor also has a balcony where you can take full advantage of those glorious views. There is heating out there so you can dine in comfort even during the colder months.

We noticed that a lot of diners both upstairs and down, had ordered the schnitty’s so they must be a popular draw-card.
We ordered a chicken schnitty with mushroom sauce and a beef schnitty with no sauces and took our jug of cider to the table.
You have to admit, that is amazing value for thirty dollars!

The food came out within minutes after we sat! At least, it felt that quick.

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Hubby had the chicken schnitty and he had no complaints.

 

You can’t really complain for the price.

 

He said the chicken was thick and moist and the mushroom sauce was very creamy. In fact, his exact words were that his dish was perfect!

 

He really enjoyed it

 

 

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I went for the beef schnitty and it was probably exactly as I was expecting.

The meat was a little tough however again, for the price, I’m not going to complain and I would even order that again.

It was not premium chef quality but it was perfectly acceptable for a weekday pub meal and very filling.

Interestingly enough, if you look at the two pictures of our schnitty’s you may notice that the salad on my plate was double the size of the salad on hubby’s plate.
It was kind of strange that no one noticed that and they allowed that to go to the table like that. It almost looks like someone has half eaten his.
He also had loads of dressing in his where mine had hardly any.

I have been to this place quite a few times and never been wowed but they haven’t done anything overtly wrong either.
It’s a great meeting place for locals.
I’m sure I will continue to enjoy the Seacliff whether it be Winter or Summer because there really is just something about the place that draws you.

Have you been to The Seacliff? What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below,

Till next we chow…