I have been to La Bonne Table on several occasions. From dinner to a Christmas function, it has been pleasant every time. La Bonne Table is located on Wakefield Street in the Adelaide CBD opposite the fire station. It has a restaurant and a separate section for a bar - Next table. I loved the modern decor, dark with a rustic look. We were shown to our table by the friendly manager, Steven. As much as the name sounds like French, they offer a diverse range of international cuisine, somewhat Korean inspired. This is because the owner is Korean, Chef Kim. He is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu.
I was very impressed with their wine list. Steven informed us that the wine list has recently been updated to include a few more wine labels. I must say a few of my favourite bottles were on there, one of which was the 2009 Barossa Valley Shiraz from Signature Wines. It was one that we had tasted during the evening of the pre launch of the Cellar Door Fest. It was the one bottle that we fell in love with.
We opted for the a-lar-carte menu this time rather than the small or large degustation options, just because we wanted to try something different. First up, it was warm bread rolls. They were infused with parmasean cheese, the taste was actually quite strong. They were served with butter, and again this was no ordinary butter. It was miso butter.
Soufflé was on the menu, and I had to order it. I love soufflé, whether it is savoury or sweet. This time the soufflé was double baked. It wasn't as fluffy as I had imagined it to be. It was still very nice to eat. The accompaniment of the side looked amazing. The asparagus were sliced thinly, mixed with orange, radish, almond in a sesame dressing. It was colourful, healthy and certainly made the dish looked very vibrant.
What arrived next was one of my favourite Korean dish but this took it to another level. It was bibimbob, erm... bibimbap but in a risotto style. This is not in a hot pot and you do not get the crunchy rice at the bottom. Steven poured the broth onto the plate in front of us. The little grains that looked like rice were actually pearl barley. A very healthy component in the dish. It was served with lettuce, seaweed, poached egg yolk (almost resembles a 63 degree egg). The mushroom broth was just gastronomical, I think I almost licked the plate clean.
The lamb cutlet was also amazing too. This is one dish that I had when I went to Paris. It really did bring back memories, it brought essence of french cooking to Adelaide.
Skate wasn't available that night, but salmon was on offer. It was pan fried to perfection, crispy skin on the outside as you can see the pinch of salt on the skin. It was served with potato in a colcannon style, which is like a mashed potato with kale, some what Irish. The cauliflower 'du barry', a very tasty puree and the chorizo matched perfectly well with the salmon.
My favourite dish for the night was the striploin, tender pieces of beef marinated so well inside and out, cooked to medium. It was totally amazing. It is in fact one of the best steak's that I have had in a while. I can have this any day. The fresh crunchy baby cos, cooked with ssamjang.. arrr one of my favourite cooking sauce, a special Korean thick chilli paste. The lemon confit chimmichuri was different, but both married very well together. They used the term migas which comes from the Spanish cuisine meaning bread crumbs. The crumbs soaked up the sauce and it was a very delightful dish to eat. I enjoyed every moment of it.
The salad on the side was a healthy one, it was full of green leaves and beans, together with the super food red quinoa.
Last but not least, we arrived at the desserts. We shared some profiteroles, again French inspired, cream puffs but rather than the pastry ball filling up with cream or icecream. They were filled with green tea and chocolate custard, accompanied by white chocolate jelly and whipped cream. To our surprises, they were not too sweet, perfect!
The main courses were spot on, the service was polite and attentive. Easily four daisies.
Beautiful food tick
Great sauces and flavoursome broths tick
Great wine list tick
Great service tick
If I keep coming back it might get five Daisies. Degustation next time?
Visit La Bonne Table - 128 Wakefield Street, Adelaide, SA 5000 - (08) 8223 2487
Discount: ENTERTAINMENT BOOK - 25% off the total bill.