In the heart of Franklin Street, the Publishers Hotel is a place that every Adelaidian needs to visit—not only to experience the colourful menu of rich flavours bursting in your mouth, but also to enjoy their extensive wine list. The Publishers Hotel’s head chef, Callum Mayne, and his passionate team have whipped up a new menu that serves customers a wide array of rustic, colourful flavours that remind you of how refined Australian dining can be. Focussing on native produce that is sourced regionally in South Australia, you can really taste the high quality in the food.
Here’s the rundown of our favourite dishes on the menu, despite how incredulously difficult it was to choose!
If you want to taste the fresh flavours of the sea, the Japanese-inspired kingfish sashimi is the dish for you. The sashimi came with a white miso emulsion, wakame seaweed and horseradish on the side. The subtle umami of the miso sauce really enriches the flavour of the sashimi.
Cutting through the thick juicy steak, it was evident that the scotch fillet was cooked to perfection. Drizzled with a fine red wine jus, and sitting on top a puddle of creamy cauliflower puree, these sauces compliment each juicy bite of the steak. The heirloom beets on the side add colour to the dish and balance out the heaviness of the dish.
Three chunky cubes of pork belly were neatly placed on the plate, with the crackling looking pristine as ever. A bite of the perfect texture of the crispy skin paired with the juicy tender meat was one of the best bites we’ve had here.
MANGO COCONUT PARFAIT
Whether it's an entrée dish or a main meal, you can always count on the staff to recommend specific wines to accentuate the flavours of all the dishes. My personal favourite food with wine pairing was in fact the mango coconut parfait with a sweet white wine, the Gestalt Kenton Valley Botrytis Viognier. This white wine really enhanced the zesty freshness of the lemony and tropical flavours of the parfait. It was truly a match made in heaven.
However, to not try the cheesecake would be doing yourself a disservice. Despite the perfect presentation that’s almost too pretty to eat, this dish is a contemporary twist to the traditional cheesecake. At first glance, you’ll be confused as to where the cheesecake actually is on the cake. Hidden under clusters of soft berry-flavoured meringue were the cheesecake.
Although the foods and wines alone blew our expectations out of the water, there’s something else special about the Publishers Hotel. It’s a place of intimate celebration. The hotel itself is full of character. Despite the hotel building being over one hundred years old, the interior is a fusion of rustic meets modern chic. Whether it’s inviting your parents out to a fancy dinner to show your appreciation, a romantic date with your loved one, or just a casual dinner with your friends, the ambiance of the hotel alongside the friendly staff caters to all seeking to enjoy a quality meal and have a good time.
For more information about the Publishers Hotel and their menu, visit their website.