HILL OF GRACE, Adelaide Oval
Everything about Hill of Grace at Adelaide Oval screams quality – from the fit out to the service, the food and the wines. I’ve always liked Dennis Leslie’s food. I used to sing every Friday at the Hilton when Dennis was the chef there so I’d regularly enjoy a meal in the Brasserie after I’d finish.
Since taking on his role at Hill of Grace, Dennis has stepped his food up yet another level. What you’ll find here is modern Australian food featuring local produce (something he focused on at the Brasserie), elements of his Filipino heritage as well as native Australian ingredients. Every dish is beautifully presented and explained well when brought to the table.
The name of the restaurant comes from Henschke winery’s famous Hill of Grace Shiraz. Henschke wines feature quite prominently on the wine list but there are also a number of other wines available. The first time we went, we stuck with Henschke wines for the whole night and loved them all.
I love the feel of this place – it’s extremely spacious and there’s plenty of distance between you and the other tables – you don’t feel you have to whisper for the fear you might be overheard. I also like the well sized tables. Lots of room and very comfortable – and of course, there’s that unique view of the Adelaide oval!
We went on Valentines Day night and the place was full. Not surprisingly, there were mostly tables of 2, but we were a table of 4 (obviously the unromantic ones!). There are usually two dining options for dinner – 4 courses for $105 or the 8 course degustation at $175. Being Valentines Day, there was only the degustation option with the matched wines at $295 per person. We had the 4 course menu the first time we went, which we really enjoyed, (there’s plenty of choice) but had been keen to return for the full degustation.
What we had was lovely – I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. And the service was very attentive by professional, well-trained staff. The night was topped off by substantial petit fours (which we couldn’t fit in!), before the chef delivered a printed and signed menu in a wooden Henschke box, which was ours to take home.
If you’re looking for a place to have a special dinner, you should definitely consider Hill of Grace.