I made a booking using dimmi, and online reservation which was available on their website. However, when I arrived there was a full house of people. Even though I had a confirmation email sent to me, there was no record of my booking on the system. The waitress informed me that their online booking system was down, and the best she could do was to offer us a seating at the bar. We had no choice as the restaurant was packed to the max. The interior decor was one word - very brown, all the industrial lights, indeed it was very dark. Talk about noisy, if you want something romantic, then I am not sure if this is the place. To me it was more of a wine bar more than anything.
We opted for the tasting menu, it was $65 per person. I wanted to try a little of everything. Basically the chef would put together a menu to feed you, but you can emphasise which dish you would like to have, and they will incorporate it into the menu for you. We started off with a sashimi dish, it was very refreshing. A cold dish with asian dressing on top.
Next was the fried fritters. The outside was nice and crisp, I could taste the corn. However the inside was a little runny, but still held together well.
The pot buns were very cute. In fact all the dishes arrived on a wooden board. They were presented very nicely. The bun was not too sweet. The inside consisted of pork, watercress and kewpie which was very tasty. It was literally a mouth full.
At this time, the waitress had cleared a table near the front for us, so we didn't need to sit at the bar on the bar stools. That was better.
Some side dishes came out, green beans with radish. I found these were very salty. Again, a strong influence on Asian dressing. The salad was iceberg lettuce with anchovies and capers, rather interesting. A decent amount of shoestring fries were served with aiolli.
The lamb was the highlight of the night, they were cooked beautifully. The meat was so tender, topped with macaroni cheese and mint, they were delicious.
We were quite full by the end of the lamb, but more arrived at our table. That was the beef, it was served with horseradish butter. I could taste a lot of soy sauce. It was a pity that it was on the salty side again.
I suppose there's always room for dessert, the peanut butter parfait... uh oh. Everywhere I have eaten it, it had been super sweet. I wondered if this one would be the same. Surprisingly, this one wasn't. The chocolate sorbet on top was a good balance for the sweet parfait at the bottom. There was also salted caramel and peanuts sprinkled over the top. A great way to finish our meals for the night.
We were pretty impressed with the food, the atmosphere was ok, rather noisy. If you want to just meet people, sit and have drinks, then perhaps this is the place for you. I still think Press Food and Wine on Waymouth Street is better.
Visit The Pot Food & Wine - Shop 2, 160 King William Road, Hyde Park, SA 5061 - (08) 8373 2044