TOP 100 QUEST: PEEL STREET, Adelaide

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These days, Peel Street laneway is all abuzz with bars and cafes and is an obvious destination for a good night out in Adelaide.  I had been to ‘Peel Street’ in Peel Street a couple of times before, but not for some time, and not since it featured on the Top 100 list.  What better time to go again!!  Chefs Martin Corcoran and Jordan Theodoros, formerly of the Melting Pot and Aquacaf, focus on fresh ingredients with bold and vibrant Middle Eastern and Asian flavours and I was looking forward to more of their food.

I had been trying to book a table leading up to Christmas without much luck so I was thankful to finally get in, only phoning the day before.

It was just how I remembered – busy and lively with a healthy level of chatter.  Everyone looked relaxed and happy.  Our waitress, who seated us, was great – good social skills and accommodating.  She did an excellent job of explaining the menu, which is chalked up on the blackboard, and once we ordered, she recommended the order that the dishes should be brought out.

My eyes immediately went to the word ‘cockle’.  I LOVE COCKLES, so this dish – Fresh Squid, Cockle, Crispy Fried Pork with Chilli Jam, Thai Basil and Green Mango was a must! What’s not to like there? Not negotiable!  I really liked this dish.  Not short on cockles, and served with a bowl of rice. Extremely tasty.

The Armenian Lamb Soldiers with Tomato and Pomegranate Salsa, Garlic Yoghurt and Fried Almonds looked great and had lashings of flavor, however I feel the serving was a little small for the price.

My partner chose the Mulloway Fish Pasty with Iceberg Lettuce, Lemon and Tartare. It’s not something I would normally order with my aversion to pastry, but it came out looking golden and gorgeous.  It was a generous size and very nice but could have done with a bit more mulloway.

All in all, an enjoyable meal.  Peel Street is the leading eatery of Peel Street laneway and great for Adelaide.

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