Standing as one of Adelaide's most historic pubs, Tivoli Hotel has been a long-loved venue in the East end. Recently renovated and rejuvenated, the space is light and airy, with a modern industrial feel. Artwork done by local artist Ella Simpson brings bright colour to the space, while patterned cushions, wooden surfaces and leafy potted plants bring texture and rawness.
Functioning as a front bar come dining space, the Tivoli Hotel is relaxed and inviting. Previously a restaurant, the area behind the bar has been transformed into a function space, comfortably seating up to 120 guests.
On our visit to the Tivoli, we tried a few dishes from each section of the menu. From pizza to gnocchi, each of the dishes were authentic and fresh.
Nibble: Local Cheese Board, served with toast and fig jam.
Sourced from strictly South Australian growers and producers, the cheese on this board is to die for. You can tell that the produce is fresh, and each cheese matched perfectly with the next.
Small Bite: Flash Fried Salt and Pepper Squid with citrus and avocado salad & fennel seed aioli.
If you like Salt and Pepper Squid, you'll like this dish. Although fried, the squid was in no way oily or over battered. The accompanying salad was fresh and light, with a variety of citrus flavours which slightly soaked into the squid, making the over-all dish a winner.
Pizza: Roasted Rosemary Potato, Garlic Crème Fraiche, Mushroom + Parmesan
Usually when you order a vegetarian pizza, you have the option of 'Margarita' or plain old 'Vegetarian'. Refreshingly, the Tivoli's vegetarian pizza option was absolutely divine without a tomato in sight. The potato was cooked to perfection, thinly sliced and slightly crisp. Cooked with garlic and finished with parmesan, the mushrooms were slightly caramelised - leaving you wanting more.
Hungry: Pan Fried Gnocchi, Confit Cherry Tomato, Broccolini w/ Basil Pesto & Parmesan Chip
Recommended to us by the lovely waitress, this gnocchi was definitely the stand out of the night. It was just how gnocchi should be, soft and fluffy, while the traditional Italian tomato sauce added texture and intense flavour. This one is a must try.
The new look Tivoli Hotel is a refurbished gem, offering authentic, hearty food in a chilled out, urban atmosphere. If you're stuck on ideas where to go this week, you should give this place a try.
All images taken by Alana Trezise