So, on a Sunday, we normally go out for lunch with my parents to Chinatown and stuff ourselves on either Dim Sum or at BBQ city. However we thought this time we would try something different. Our daughter, Charlotte’s favourite animals at the moment are dinosaurs, so we thought, why not take her to the museum and then go to lunch at the restaurant at the Art Gallery of South Australia which is led by Adelaides own celeb chef, Cath Kerry. The restaurant has been awarded “Best Venue Caterer” three years in a row and is now part of the Restaurant & Catering Association’s “Hall of Fame”.
Diners have the choice of sitting inside or outside and because the weather on this particular day was perfect, we decided on the outside option. There is plenty of shade however so the outside option is still ok during the heat of summer. Inside is nice, bright and breezy and the staff make you nice and relaxed in preparation for your meal. As we waited for my parents, we decided on some olives and bread, the olives from Coriole which were delightful. Our daughter pretty much scoffed the lot!
Helen and I had starters and then we all moved on to mains. For starters, Helen had the Tuna sashimi and I had the beef cheek terrine. Both were lovely, the tuna being lightly seared on the outside and served with a carrot salad and a wasabi. My terrine was made from slowly braised beef cheeks and lentils and was set in jelly and served with pickled onions, gerkins and dijon mustard. Whilst I enjoyed it greatly, my only criticism could be that the jelly was a little hard.
Sashimi tuna, honey soy marinade, carrot salad & wasabi
Chilled terrine of beef cheeks & lentils, tiny French gherkins & onions
For mains, we had a variety of things of which I tried all. I had the ocean trout served over braised fennel with a pernod veloute. The fish was cooked perfectly and the sauce was heavenly. Whilst I am somewhat indifferent towards fennel, it accompanied the dish fantastically. My wife had the timbale of leeks and mushrooms with minted pea coulis. I very nearly went for this myself. For me however, it was a little heavy on leek and light on mushroom, although it was clear that all ingredients had been treated with the utmost of care. My Father had the ham hock which was fall off the bone tender and beautifully finished off although the sauce was perhaps a little ham fisted with what tasted like star anise. Finally my Mother had the lamb and quince tagine which was interestinly served with a coarse cous cous which was a pleasant little surprise.
Ocean trout on braised fennel with Pernod velouté
Timbale of caramelised leeks & braised mushrooms, minted pea coulis
Braised, boned pork hock, sweet potato mash & Cumberland sauce
Lamb & quince tajine on large buttered couscous
We actually found ourselves too full for dessert so opted for coffee and teas instead and overall had a lovely meal. They have an extensive and lovely looking dessert menu but opted to go without and as we werent drinking, I cant comment on the wine although they have a full wine list that is sure to be full of perfectly acceptable accompaniments to the able menu.
Art Gallery Restaurant
Art Gallery of South Australia
ph: 8232 4366
The restaurant is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 10 am until 4.30 pm, with a restricted menu on Saturday.