Raffles 125 - Festival of Food Adelaide 2013

This restaurant was not in the Festival of Food voucher last year, so we thought we will try this one out.  I must say I was very disappointed with this restaurant.  This one certainly doesn't compare to any other festival of food restaurants that I have been to.  I was a bit confused with the cuisine, to me when you say Raffles I thought it was Singaporean.  However I wasn't sure if it was Malaysian, Indonesian, Indian or a bit of everything.  

As soon as we stepped into the restaurant located on the busy Gouger Street, we could see indian curry.  We thought yay, would have been a lovely dish to have on a cold night.  The restaurant was very dark inside, it had bricks all around the walls.  There was an interesting wine rack near the kitchen at the back.  They looked quite dangerous to be hanging by the neck of the bottle. 

 

The wine list was not very extensive, but they weren't very expensive either.  I was a bit surprised that there was no Singapore sling (I didn't notice it, please correct me if it was on the menu).  We decided to have sangiovese instead.  That was nice, a very easy wine to drink. 

Murtabak - stuffed lamb pancake with cucumber and tomato relish

Murtabak - stuffed lamb pancake with cucumber and tomato relish

Ayam Panggang - Boneless chicken on skewers Popiah - Freshly made spring roll with lamb minceand potato  Sayur/ Bola - Balls of potato, cheese and veggies garnished with home made chili sauce    

Ayam Panggang - Boneless chicken on skewers

Popiah - Freshly made spring roll with lamb minceand potato 

Sayur/ Bola - Balls of potato, cheese and veggies garnished with home made chili sauce

 

 

Tasty pancakes!

I did enjoy eating the pancake, it was stuffed with lamb which made it very tasty.  The important part was that it wasn't covered in oil.  To me tomato relish is meant to me cooked or chopped vegetable, with at least some onions.  However, the tomato relish was quite sad.  It looked like tomato sauce squeezed out from a bottle onto the cucumber slices.
The two pieces of chicken were flavoursome, although a little dried and chewy.  I didn't enjoy the spring rolls, this was because as soon as I put it into my mouth.  I could taste nothing but oil, I didn't finish it.  
The vegetables were just substandard, the homemade sauce had tangy taste, but there was way too much cornflour in it.  The sauce looked very gooey. 

 

Udang Sambal - SA prawns in traditional sambal sauce, favured with belacan)

Udang Sambal - SA prawns in traditional sambal sauce, favured with belacan)


Beef Rendang - Beef cooked in herbs, coconut milk and lemongrass

Beef Rendang - Beef cooked in herbs, coconut milk and lemongrass

Both main courses were very chili, would have been ok if you enjoy spicy food.  The sambal prawns were disappointing, I think there were only four prawns in the whole dish.  The chili was too overpowering that I couldn't taste the belacan.  It was a pity as I love belacan, simply a shrimp paste that is added to cooking to give it the extra taste.  

Beef Rendang on the other hand was quite big, there were chunks of beef in the dish.  However it did not look appertising, I pulled out a couple of long pieces of lemongrass.  

Both dishes were served together with steamed rice, coconut fragrant rice.  

Pulut Hitham - Black glutinous rice pudding topped with coconut milk

Pulut Hitham - Black glutinous rice pudding topped with coconut milk

Sago sago - Tapioca pearls served with coconut milk and palm sugar

Sago sago - Tapioca pearls served with coconut milk and palm sugar

There was no wow factor in the desserts, they were both similar.  One was glutinous rice at the bottom of the glass and the other was tapiocal pearls.  Both of the desserts could be made at home quite easily within a couple of minutes.  Half way eating, all I could taste was sugar and coconut milk.

I always finish my food wherever I go, but this one I couldn't.  

There are plenty of restaurants which serve awesome food, especially on Gouger Street.  This restaurant definitely needs to improve their quality of the food if they want to stay in the Festival of Food.  For the same price or a little bit more, I can be having fine dining at an other restaurant with better quaility of food in the participating Festival of Food restaurants.   

The food lacked a lot of presentation and certainly the quality of the food needs to increase.  I have no plans to visit this restaurant any time soon.  There was nothing wrong with the service, as we were serviced by a very friendly girl throughout the whole night.  This is the least liked restaurant in the Festival of Food over the years that I have come across.

I have never been to Singapore but I have been to Malaysia a few times.  Every time I go I loved the food there.  Maybe this time the food was too spicy for me.  

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Raffles 125 - 125 Gouger Street, SA Adelaide, (08) 82112558

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