Chianti Classico

This restaurant is located on Adelaide's busy Hutt Street.  It is a high class Italian restaurant and has been there for a long long time.  Every time I walk past there, whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, it is always busy.

This time we were there for Sunday breakfast.  We made a booking a couple of weeks beforehand.  It was so busy, when we arrived, we were greeted by a friendly staff member who kindly showed us to our table.  They had white linen as table cloths, nice wine glasses and expensive looking cutlery.  It was a while before someone brought us the menu or gave us some water, but I guess that was just due to the number of customers in store, so that didn't bother us at all.  The atmosphere was great.  We sat inside the restaurant this time.  There was an outdoor area and also an upstairs section for private function.  Maria, the owner was very friendly.  Every time she came to our table, she would smile and have a sentence or two with us.  A lot of the customers were very well dressed.  Some came in to start off with some breakfast cocktails.  Although their juices weren't freshly squeezed on the day, they were presented very nicely, in their tall glasses.  

A cappuccino was a great way to start  the morning breakfast.  The menu was simple.  There were a couple of pages of traditional Italian breakfasts to choose from.  All with their Italian names and explanations in English.  Whilst I was busy looking at the menu and deciding what to have, a waitress came and told us what was on the specials menu.


Classy breakfasts!!

Polpette di Baccala was absolutely devine, it was baccala and potato croquettes served with poached eggs, asparagus and citrus aioli.  I have eaten a lot of croquettes before, but these ones were certainly my favourite.  They were not very big in size, but the taste was just very flavoursome.  

Next was the bloody mary eggs, eggs baked in Napolentena sauce with tabasco, worcestershire and horseradish with ciabatta, I strongly recommend this dish if you can handle spice and if you want a punch in the morning.  It was too spicy for my liking.  

We couldn't skip the traditional breakfast, this consisted of eggs, cooked to our liking, roasted tomato, Kanmantoo smoked bacon and ciabatta, all very nice and fresh.

The next was also a special with hashbrown and ocean trout, to me it wasn't about the size that mattered, it was the quality and this dish was certainly very enjoyable to eat.

Funghi in Padella had panfried local field and oyster mushrooms with truffle butter, served on brioche with rocket and truffled parmesan.  I loved the mushies, truffle butter and mushrooms with the tasty brioche.

I couldn't decide what to eat, so I chose the Chianti Classico selection plate which consisted of granola, eggs benedict and chestnut waffles.  The egg was cooked to perfection, the yolk ran out onto the ham and onto the muffin, together with the hollandaise sauce was just delicious.  Museli with the fresh yoghurt in a jar was very refreshing, I could taste the rhubarb at the bottom.  Finished off with the chestnut waffles, the waffles were very tasty and I could actually see bits of chestnuts inside.  They were just yum.

This restaurant is fine dining.  Prices for the breakfasts are on the higher end, but the service and quality of food that the restaurant provides is worth it.  I can see why it is always busy and rated as one of Adelaide's favourite restaurant.  It has not let me down in all the times I have dined there.  This restaurant is definitely 5 out of 5 daisies and I will be back soon.


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