This has been one of my favourite restaurants for a long long time. It is located at the River Torrens, very conveniently location. There are plenty of parking spaces, however make sure you collect a sheet from the entrance and place on your dashboard before you dine. If you don't you could potentially receive a fine. The parking spaces are for patrons at Red Ochre and also River Cafe. Both restaurants share the same entrance, River Cafe is located on the lower level whereas you need to take the stairs on your left to Red Ochre. This is the perfect place to take overseas visitors or interstate guests, purely because of the amazing views of the River Torrens and it is Australian cuisine.
World class fine dining!!
There were a lot of people dining there on the night and the restaurant was full house once again. We were seated down very quickly, and the restaurant was quite spacious with a lot of spaces to move around. Straight away we decided to order a bottle of the 2010 Hollick shiraz cabernet sauvignon from Coonawarra. It was so smooth, and the wine wasn't overly priced. As we were drinking our wine, waitress brought out some pepper leaf pide bread with bush tomato balsamic.
Then there was the entree tasting plate which consisted of three items. If you are not a big fan of goats curd, you may not like the noisettes with the beetroot, it had a pungent smell. I liked it. Also if you're daring you can try the crocodile meat. I have had it plenty of times so it was no problem for us. One of our friends had never had it before so it was an experience for her. They cooked it so well and together with the Vietnamese lemon myrtle pickie, it was like eating fish. The soup was so smooth, easy to drink. I could have more anyway.
It was a while before we got our main courses, just a little too long. However that didn't really bother us so much, as we had our nice wine to drink. There were a few items that were set on the Festival of Food menu, I liked them all but I decided to have something off the alarcarte menu. I just had to pay the price difference for the dishes above $34.50. It was lucky I did, the duck arrive at our table in a claypot. I could smell it from far away, the aroma of the duck was just very tempting. It was cooked in an aromatic soy, aniseed myrtle. The duck meat was very tender, it was served with coconut and lemon aspren rice. A very delightful dish to eat.
The casserole of seafood was also from the alarcarte menu. It consisted of saffron, squid, fish, mussels, scallop and king prawns. All soaked in a seasoned lemon myrtle and coconut broth. A lot of places would have a broth with seafood, and make the soup extra salty, this one was perfect. It brought out the sweetness of the seafood. It wasn't a super big serve, but it was enough. I think quality is much better than quantity.
You can't go wrong with a steak, cooked to medium was just how we liked it. It was served with onion puree & brocolini. accompanied by lemon aspen béarnaise & bush tomato chimichurri. The presentation looked amazing, and the size of the steak was just right.
I am always a big fan of lamb, this saltbush lamb was a lamb shoulder which was slowly roasted, a couple of lamb cutlets which was cooked to medium. Roasted pumpkin puree, with some green bean sale, straw potato and mountain pepperberry jus. There were two different types of lamb on the plate, both were cooked to perfection, it was amazing.
Again, it was a long break before we got our desserts. Part of the Festival of Food menu offered petit fours. I wasn't sure about this one, to me petit fours would have been four small cakes from the 'small oven'. The name for the peptit fours did not really match. Nevertheless, they were pretty good. They weren't too sweet.
We were quite full, however there was always room for dessert. All the desserts on the alarcarte menu were around $14-$18, but for Festival of Food, they were all $9.50. We couldn't resist so ordered a few to share. The parfait was well done, it was macadamia, chocolate and honey nougat parfait. The dessert looked amazingly good, and tasted absolutely devine. It wasn't too sweet. There was salted caramel, popcorn and some dark chocolate ganache. It was nicely spread out on the plate.
The chocolate fondant was always a favourite. Imagine the centre with molten chocolate, as soon as you cut open the warm chocolate pudding and the chocolate oozes out. That was what the dessert did for us. Yum!! The rivermint sorbet was a great balance. Definitely order the fondant earlier as the dessert took almost 20 minutes. I had a macchiato to finish off my meal.
For $32.50 if you dine between Monday to Thursday and $35 if you dine in on Friday. You can have an entree, main and dessert. That is a super bargain. Top quality food, great service, excellent views. There's no better place to go than Red Ochre. I highly recommend this restaurant for its food, the ambience and the location.
Festival of Food 2013 Voucher, for $32.50 on Monday to Thursday, $35.00 on Friday per person entitles you to have: - A set entree - A main course up to the value of $32.50/ $35.00. For the mains above $34.50, just pay the extra price difference. - Choose any side dish from the alacarte menu for $6.00 each. - Choose any dessert @$9.50 each, cheese @$15.50