The Mile End Hotel is just a stones throw away from the CBD down on Henley Beach road, and celebrating 175 years of operation with its new development and refurbishment, it's definitely one of the Winter hotspots of Radelaide. The cosy and quirky hotel combines the familiar elements of a pub with a sophisticated drinks and food menu bound to suit any tastes.
The re-design has taken care to maintain the historic features of the hotel, the brick and the fireplaces, as well as updating the feel of it with eclectic design and furniture.
We were very lucky to taste the new menu by Chef David White, which expands on the traditional pub food to offer modern Australian cuisine, great South Australian produce and dishes that are easy to share with friends.
The variety included goat’s cheese croquettes with pear and cinnamon chutney, sofritto aracini balls, chorizo, chargrilled tiger prawns with lemo myrtle olive oil and hummus. Quite a mouthful, so to speak.
Everyone’s getting on the slider trend with the burger revolution still at mega heights in Adelaide, but they’ve put a vegetarian twist on the classic. Roast beetroot, pear & haloumi combine to create a clean but still filling burger, paired with a rocket & walnut pesto salad.
The warm chicken, pancetta & pear salad is light, but with rich flavours for the cold winter nights. It’s no pub Caesar; instead it’s complimented with peppery greens, pea tendrils, cucumber noodles, walnuts, marinated goats cheese, ancient seeds & sherry honey vinaigrette.
You can’t go past a pasta, let’s be honest, and crab surely has to be one of the tastiest of the edible creatures on Earth (sorry vego's). Put it all together, and you get the amazing blue swimmer Crab Linguini with blushed tomato rose sauce. Embrace carbs people.
It’s not a common protein on menus, but the Red paroo kangaroo tenderloin is a beautiful meat, especially when ethically harvested, rubbed in native pepperberries and cooked medium rare. I almost screamed hearing this phrase said on My Kitchen Rules too much, but it was truly ‘cooked to perfection’. The flavours were all there, also.
Dessert is an essential. The Chocolate Urge is a little bit to die for, I’d actually be happy with this as my last meal. Warm flourless chocolate torte oozes with fudge sauces, chocolate pop rocks and finished with whipped cream. In the words of Matt Gilbertson, it truly took us back to the flavours and textutres of our childhood.
Each course was paired with a particular beer, cider or wine to compliment, and all showcasing South Australian wineries and breweries too (tick, tick). The origin and flavour of each beverage was thoughtfully explained when it was put down in front of us, and each course described well so no more questions were to be asked. To top it all off, the service was friendly, attentive and professional. What more could you want!
The Mile End is located at 30 Henley Beach Road, Mile End. Thanks to The Mile End Hotel and Girl About Town PR for this enjoyable evening.
All pictures taken by Paige Kerin