Lockleys Hotel

Today on the Dining Diaries…

A stake steak right to hubby’s heart
A diner gets as fresh as the salad bar and..
I find out what lamb florentine is and marvel at this gastronomic brilliance!

lockleys-hotel-3494-1Today we are at the Lockelys Hotel.

Hubby and I were a little hesitant in coming here because we had the impression it was a dive.
In fact he said to me “We don’t have to stay there. If we get there and don’t like it we’ll leave”

But we didn’t have to leave and I’m glad. It ended up being one of our best dining experiences.

We had to wait for dinner service to start because again, we’d missed lunch and were ravenously hungry at 5pm.
We took ourselves into the Sports Bar to wait. It was very busy and loud and noticeably, I was the only woman in there.
The bar staff were lovely and the fireplace was heavenly!

We went over to the Bistro area when dinner service started and hubby was in heaven because unexpectedly, there was a  salad bar there and he’s just so enamored with them at the moment.
We were sat close to where diners were coming in and it soon became apparent that a lot of them were regulars. There was good banter between servers and customers and in fact, one cheeky old fella was chatting up a pretty young girl while his wife was standing next to him!
But it was all in fun.

The menu was simple but good. As I walked up to the counter to order I still didn’t know what I was going to have. Hubby went for the 400g Portherhouse Steak.
At the counter I noticed the specials board and I ordered the Lamb Florentine without really knowing what Florentine was… in fact, not knowing at all – no inkling – nothing.
I’m not normally that adventurous.

We watched other food coming out and it all looked sooooo delicious!!! So many people were ordering the sliders. The servings looked large and were just mouth watering.
While we waited for ours we visited the Salad Bar and although there wasn’t a huge selection, what was there was fresh and quality. There were only cold salads including a potato salad, beans, pasta salad etc etc but everything was tasty and it didn’t seem to be an afterthought as some salad bars tend to be.

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Then our food came.
They  both looked so good!
We have had food that looked good and didn’t taste good before though…
Hubby sliced through and saw that good juicy pinkness and was encouraged – the taste was even better than he could have imagined. Tender, melting in his mouth like butter.  He didn’t even want to have it with the sauce as he said that would ruin the taste.
He also said that every little bit of gristle had been removed and every mouthful was that tender goodness.
I wouldn’t know because he didn’t share any with me even though I shared mine. He said it was too good to share.

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I was equally happy with mine. I had no idea what it was going to be but when it came, I saw the lamb had been wrapped in pastry that was lined with spinach and bacon. Yum!

It was a big serve too! The first thing I tried was the mash which was just divine! It had mixed in with that wonderful jus and I don’t know what else was in there but it was just such a pleasure to eat.
The pastry from the lamb florentine just flaked away beautifully and the spinach was a really nice taste balancer. I really loved this dish and we both took our time eating our meals.

If I have to have any negatives it’s that there was no dressing in either of our salads and while the servers were nice and friendly, it did seem like they were just doing their jobs and not really interested in whatever you might have to say – but I’m being very harsh and this is a bistro after all. They certainly weren’t rude. I think they just would benefit from more experience.

The website site for the hotel says they have a new chef and this is a new menu. I’m not sure how long he’s been there but he’s a wonderful addition if this is the food he’s producing. It’s not often that hubby says “I want to come back here” after he’s only taken a few mouthful’s of food!! He even said that this is the best steak he’s had in at least six months so there you have it!

Definitely a huge recommendation for us.

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

Till next we chow…

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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.

Feathers Hotel

Today on The Dining Diaries,

When nothing else is standing out, Sliders give an unexpected and welcome kick,
Overhead fans leave us shivering on an already cold night.
We ponder what the opposite of cosy and warm is….

FullSizeRender (62)Diners today we were at the Feathers Hotel. I didn’t know a lot about this place and I tried to get some information from their website but unfortunately it’s still under construction.

Their facebook page claims that Feathers is a fresh and exciting eatery.

It’s definitely fresh!

It was a bitterly cold day in Adelaide when we visited and we could see a fireplace inside the restaurant. Sadly, there were no empty tables near the fireplace so we sat ourselves a few tables down and hoped to catch a bit of escaping warmth.
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On first impression the dining room looked clean, fresh and modern. Geometric tiles on the floor and well thought out seating to maximise but not squash in the number of customers.

Music was playing and a TV screen was on to distract – At just a little past five, this place was filling up fast. There were already a few tables full when we arrived and a few more people came with young children while we sat.

Our server was lovely but she seemed quite anxious to have our order. I ended up choosing the  Papardelle Ragu – KI braised lamb shoulder in a red wine, roast tomato & vegetable sugo w/ herbs & pecorino
Hubby went for a few entree’s instead. He chose Pork Sliders – Slow roasted pork shoulder, house slaw, chipotle mayo in a sweet bun and  Arancini Balls – Semi dried tomato & basil w/ marinara sauce & vegan parmesan

I have to say, I was surprised at how busy it was at this time of night. It’s obviously a well loved place but for me there was something missing and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.
Overhead fans were on – probably to push warm air down but there was no warm air and we hoped the food would be able to warm us up when it came.

FullSizeRender (61)The food didn’t take too long to come out.

Hubby was pleasantly surprised by his Sliders.

They were a good size so his eyes were pleased immediately.  They didn’t skimp on the pork – It was tender and smothered in what they described as a tangy sauce, but it really gave a good kick!  Hubby said it reminded him of BBQ Ribs sauce.
The coleslaw gave your mouth a bit of relief but it was really a well balanced taste.

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The Arancini Balls were equally good.

Moist and full of flavour, yet crunchy on the outside. The texture was perfect.

We’d had these elsewhere a few times before and thought they were stodgy but the ones we were served at The Feathers were really lovely and not stodgy at all.

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My Lamb Ragu looked good when it came to the table.  I did think it looked a little small or perhaps lost in the plate that it was served in.
I was also a bit disappointed that I couldn’t smell that tomato and basil sauce. There were basil leaves on top but I think they’d just been thrown on there at the last minute. I couldn’t taste basil and I certainly couldn’t smell it.
The pasta was cooked al dente, and there was a generous amount of tender lamb throughout.
This was not a bad dish, it just wasn’t memorable. It was okay.
I think what made this experience not so great for me were those overhead fans because my dish cooled down almost immediately and was cold by the time I was finishing.
FullSizeRender (58)No pizzazz, no style, no aroma, not enough cheese and became cold almost immediately.

We also ordered a side of fries which were neither here nor there but the garlic aioli was kind of nice.

Efficient staff were by to pick up empty plates the moment you put your fork down.

Even though there was nothing too wrong with this place, I don’t think there was a lot right either. There was just something missing.
Perhaps it’s in the name? The Feathers. You think of something warm and soft – cosy – comforting.
While there is nothing wrong with this place, it’s not cosy. It’s the opposite of comforting and cosy. It was a little impersonal and I hesitate to say that as our server was a lovely young girl and these comments are definitely not a reflection on her.

I would probably go here again but next time order something different and see if that changes my mind about the food – and perhaps I won’t go until Summer time unless I can reserve a spot by the fireplace!

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

Till next we chow…

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…