I must say I haven't visited Sosta for a while, the last time I dined there was before their huge make over. This restaurant is located on the East End of the busy Rundle Street. I made a booking for dinner this time. There are not a lot of restaurants in Adelaide that will send you a reminder on the day via a sms. Well Sosta does, just so you don't forget to turn up. I quite liked the atmosphere inside the restaurant, it was very warm and inviting. There was an upstairs section if you want to hold a private function. This restaurant offers Argentinian cuisine. If you are a big meat eater, this is the restaurant to be. If you are unsure what to have, take a look at the back of the restaurant.
The restaurant does not allow any BYO. Their wine list was very extensive, there was a lot of bottles to choose from. I am a big fan of red wines, so we decided to choose an Argentinian bottle. It was very easy to drink and matched well with what we ordered.
We decided to order a couple of entrees to share since we knew that there was going to be a lot of meat for our main courses. We had black mussels which was tossed in chili, garlic and tomato sauce. There was nothing too fancy about this dish, the mussels were soaked with the sauce and I couldn't taste too much of the mussels themselves.
Meanwhile the marinated quails were very tasty, they were chargrilled so beautifully that the meat just melted in my mouth. I wanted to eat more but I had to save my tummy for what had yet to arrive on the table.
Tasty chargrilled quails!
The chicken was marinated and then chargrilled. It was marinated with herbs which gave it the extra aroma. The meat of the chicken was very tender.
Next was the beef ribs, there was a lot more fat on these short ribs than I imagined. I wasn't sure if I was a big fan of them. With the lighting, the ribs looked dark brown and almost too burnt but the garnish were noticeable. The chimichurri sauce was full of flavours and almost finger linking good. There were plenty of sauce on the ribs, so even with the extra chimichurri sauce provided, we didn't need to add more.
Finally the biggest meat dish for the night was the mixed meat platter for two. This was enough to share between three or four people. If you are not a big meat eater, I suggest ordering for one to share. This dish appeared messy, it just looked like piles of meat lumped onto a plate. There was a mixture of pork belly, chicken, quail, beef on a skewer with capsicum, chilli chorizo and lamp chops.
The main courses were served with crispy potato cubes that were sprinkled with salt. They were indeed very tasty. However we were so full that we didn't want to touch on anymore carbs. All the dishes lacked some presentations, with the amount of light in the restaurant, it was very hard to see what was on the plate. This was especially with the meat platter, we couldn't really tell which meat was what until we tasted them. However all the meats were marinated well. They were tasty without the chimichurri sauce. The servings were generous and there was plenty of left overs to take home.
Everything was not overly priced, there was a great range of dishes to choose from. We had a good night.