Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Maggie Beers Pheasant Farm

Introduction: On Pheasant Farm Rd an hour out of Adelaide in the vicinity of Tanunda - an attractive country town.
Ambience: Set on a very green river with a few ducks about, pheasants in the garden. A real country kitchen
Service: Counter service
Food: They had a pheasant and mushroom pie (called a terrine here) which was a very nice snack. Also available several picnic boxes - a chicken liver pate with caramelised onion, a capsicum pate served with a freekah (wheat) salad which all were snacks rather than meals but very tasty. There are also a small range of exclusive home made icecreams.
Wine: They have Beer Bros wines either by the glass or bottle but I did not care for their Reisling, their Semillon/Chardonnay or their Cab Sav Shiraz!
Comment: Really this is a place to come and taste and buy a wide range of Maggie's products. They have pate's pastes jams wines and more and it would be a rare customer who did not find something to please their palate
Price: Picnic box $12.5 Terrine $15 Wine About $6/glass
Score: 14/20 as a farm shop but don't go for a meal

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

RSL Elsternwick

Introduction: Similar to 1000 pubs. Situated in a magnificent building in St Georges Rd close to Glenhuntly Rd
Ambience: Utilitarian
Service: Order at the counter delivered to your table
Food: Whole trout Amandine good but not very good ,as was pot roast beef. Flathead tails and chips very good. Vegetables sit in the Bain Marie too long. Half a dozen salads on the smorgasbord are preferable
Wine: Limited list and even more limited by the glass but very inexpensive @ $3.4 and seniors get a $2 voucher with their meal!
Price: Two courses for $9.90 is cheaper than home cooking and no dishes. Regular menu $12.90still very reasonable
Comment: Quite a decent cheap meal
Score: 13/20 for food 15/20 for value for money!


Introduction: In the premises previously occupied by Lantana at 35 Little Bourke St The restaurant has been opened up and greatly brightened by it's new proprietors
Ambience: Has the feeling of a good class establishment
Service: Attractive waitresses provide information and prompt service
Food: Entrees were large and tasty The lobter rissotto a full meal size serve. The crab pasta also excellent.
We tried four mains. The Hapuka, then slow cooked lamb shanks, the sirloin and the porterhouse steak. All were very well prepared with good size side dishes of chips and spinach with crunchy almond chips made for an excellent meal
Wine: We celebrated with a Bellusi Prosecco - Sweeter than usual but very satisfactory at $38 They have a BYO policy $15 / bottle except on Saturday but they have an adequate list for ordinary consumption
Price: Entrees about $16, mains about $32
Comment: An improvement on Lantana which was pretty good. Deserves to succed
Score 15/20