The Playford Restaurant has always been one of my top listed restaurants. Just before I went on holidays, I decided to dine here again. I have forgotten to mention in my last post, this year you no longer need to hang out by your letter box waiting for the special piece of paper, the Festival of Food voucher. There is an app which can be downloaded onto your smart phone and it works just the same. When you arrive at the restaurant hand your device to a friendly staff member and they will enter a code and your stamp is redeemed from that restaurant. A very clever idea.
I always like some warm bread to start off my meal. I love my oat bread and these ones were soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. It seemed like they had just come out of the oven. I smeared some salted butter on the bread, there was a tinge of sweetness right through it, gosh it was delicious.
Next up was the entree plate, we were told by the waitress to start from the bottom of the plate, as each little component has quite different taste and you don't want to overpower your tastebuds. The barramundi was slightly smoked, wrapped around by apple kimchi and miso. It married quite well with the goats cheese. It was done in the form of a mousse therefore the smell and the taste of the goats cheese was not as heavy as some. It was complimented by some basil and lemon jam. The last part of the entree was the lamb fritter, outside was crunchy and full of filling inside, worked well with the sauce paloise which has put some mint flavours across it.
Main course was the pork belly, was it crispy? Yes it was, crunch crunch. The pork was caramelised by a sauce immersed with cauliflower and rhubarb jam. It was finger licking good. At first I thought crispy pork and wontons, hmm, not sure, but hey it really worked. What a clever idea to have pulled pork wonton as a compliment to the dish. Amazing!
It kept getting better, the look of this dish remined me of a sea turtle for some reason. It was a pie which consisted of braised duck leg and mushrooms. It was served with glazed heirloom carrots. A good pie is all about the crust, thin enough but tough to hold all the fillings inside. The chef at the Playford Restaurant has done it. The fillings were just full of flavours.
Something from the specials menu was the cripsy skin barramundi. There was chargrilled octopus on the side. It was pretty much what it said on the menu.
I thoroughly enjoyed the food, and now the dessert part. Included with our meals were these petits fours. They were made with chocolate, hazelnut and orange delice. I could see all the layers separated.
Next was the rhubarb crumble, now I totally wasn't expecting this at all. When I first looked at it I was like where is the crumble? Yes it was hidden in between a pool of cinnamon and chewy pear. I made sure I scooped from the bottom to ensure all the ingredients were together on the spoon, including the rhubarb sorbet on top. It was pretty amazing.
Last but not least, the final and the best dessert I have had - twisted Ferrero Rocher. This really can't get any better. It was almost too nice to eat. I must say every time I come to the Playford Restaurant, I would look at all their desserts on their menu and in the end this one is always a winner. Hazelnut must be in season at the moment, I love it. This dessert had hazelnut crumble in the bottom of the glass, whole hazelnuts and cacao ice-cream with the finest Belgian chocolate. What more could I ask for?
The chefs at The Playford Restaurant have done it again. The quality of food and the choice of ingredients were amazing. The service was attentive throughout the night, each staff member had put on their friendliest smiles. It made our dining experience very enjoyable. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone. You will definitely be in for a treat!
Visit The Playford Restaurant - 120 North Terrace, SA 5000 - (08) 8213 8844