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…

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The Espy

Today on the Dining Diaries…

IMG_5821Dinner and a sunset were on offer,
We found a salad bar worth going back for (nothing to do with the miniature sized plates) and
Bellies becoming so full, waddling was a necessity, not an option.

The Espy is another iconic building right along the Esplanade in Brighton. I’m sure everyone in Adelaide has been here at one time or another.

Although we did have gorgeous views from our table, the sun set picture to the left was actually taken earlier in the evening at another establishment. Needless to say, the locals are very lucky to live in this part of the city!

348sDue to scheduling conflicts hubby and I had to dine quite early. We were there pretty much on 5.30 which is when their dinner service begins but already there were people there waiting to be seated.
Our table was next to a section that had been reserved for a 70th birthday party… amazingly, we dined and left before the raging seniors arrived…

The Bistro area is large. They’re not trying to win anyone over with fancy decorating. I found it strange that there was nothing unique about the interior. No artwork or styling choices. The only things on the wall was the odd advertisement for the pub.
Despite that, I had full confidence that we were going to get a nice meal. That’s the kind of self assurance vibe they send out.

The menu didn’t disappoint. Full and varied and just what you’d want from a bistro. Good ol’ regular pub grub with a couple of special dishes thrown in for good measure.
Hubby was happy to see there was a Salad bar and after we’d ordered, we went to fill our plates.
I kind of wished I’d taken a photo because I was impressed with the quality and choice of food in the salad bar. Lots of warm and cold choices. However I did think it was a little silly to have a bread roll plate as a salad plate. We ended up going up for seconds and that was partly because we wanted a larger serve and partly because everything we chose was delicious.

Hubby chose Graziers Rib Eye – a 350g  specialty primal cut of beef on the bone w/ exceptional flavour & eating quality – “the grand champion of steaks”
I went for the Graziers Beef & Mushroom Pie – tender graziers beef slow cooked w/ mushrooms in rich gravy encased in golden pastry served w/ mushy peas & potato mash
The server said this was actually a very popular choice.

IMG_5825I was not disappointed when it came out.

It looked massive! And when I cut into it, it didn’t fold away into airy pockets of nothing, it was filled with juicy, tender chunks of meat and gorgeous gravy. Perfectly salted.
The mash was a lovely accompaniment however the mushy peas… well, my first thoughts were that they hadn’t added enough water to them. It was as if they were still to be hydrated.
But honestly, who orders a pie for the mushy peas? And once everything mixed in all together it was fine.
The pastry was ok. Not special but definitely ok. I would probably have preferred it a little lighter.
Having said all that, I would easily order this again.
It was exactly what I was looking for on this cool Autumn night.

 

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Hubby was equally happy with this Rib eye.
I had to stop him asking the waitress for a scale though as he wasn’t quite sure it had made the 350g cut.
He said it was seasoned well and had a lovely smokey flavour.
I spotted the perfectly pink colour inside as he cut away at his steak.
I noticed he was slowing down at one point and asked if he was getting full but he said no, he was just trying to make it last longer….

 

All in all I can see why this place doesn’t have any pretenses. The product speaks for itself.
It’s regular food, for regular folk, but prepared by people who care about what they’re putting out there.

Definitely a recommend from me!

 

Have you dined at the Espy?
What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below!

Till next we chow…