MAYFLOWER RESTAURANT AND BAR, Adelaide
There’s a new boutique hotel on the corner of King William and Hindley Streets in the old CML building. As soon as you walk into Mayfair Hotel, you’re in a different world and you forget that you’re actually on the somewhat seedy Hindley Street. It’s a quality and classy fit out, and you don’t have to wonder why they have curtained off the street view on both sides.
Mayflower Restaurant and Bar is located downstairs. When you reach the bottom of the stairs, the bar area to the right, is nicely done and looks like a great place to relax and have a drink, although the lighting was a little bright. The restaurant, on the other hand, was quite dimly lit and has a definite ‘hotel’ feel about it. Quite neutral tones, white table cloths, carpet, and unfortunately it feels a little staid and lacks atmosphere.
Onto the food. Bethany Finn is the Executive Chef. I’ve been a fan for a while – Finn is of the former Urban Bistro, which I used to love. Mayflower’s menu is titled ‘Classic Hotel Fare’, and that’s exactly what it is, and Bethany’s having a blast with it! Definitely more traditional fare – there are oysters, a classic prawn cocktail, steak tartare, caesar salad, lamb wellington and a chicken parfait, just to name a few. Plus, there’s even a carvery trolley at lunch times with a daily roast served with potatoes and French beans.
We needed some wine. The wine list features a selection of SA wines, and in looking at the whites, the waitress suggested we try the Artwine 2013 Fiano. We went with it and it was extremely drinkable. A nice choice.
I’d been told by a friend that the Lobster Bisque en Croute with Brandy Butter was good, so I ordered that. I do love lobster bisque and I wasn’t at all disappointed – it was, in fact, excellent. It came served in a tureen and covered by a dome of golden puff pastry, and there was quite a generous amount of lobster meat. My dining partner chose the Alaskan King Crab Salad with Avocado, Gazpacho and Crème Fraiche. It was nice. The Gazpacho had good flavour and a healthy zing – we were both pretty happy with our first course.
Interestingly, for mains there’s seafood, steaks and for the remaining four mains you have to be a pastry lover. The ‘Main Fare’ consists of two pies, a pasty and chicken in flaky pastry. I went with the Blue Swimmer Crab, Tagliatelle with Chilli, Parsley Butter and Lemon. I enjoyed it, but it could have done with a little more sauce to toss the pasta in. The Whole Rainbow Trout and Almond Butter looked great, and was indeed a good dish. I also loved the side of Peas and Beans, Lemon and Mint Butter.
Then there’s the good old fashioned dessert trolley – and if that’s not enough for you, they also have a cheese trolley! The dessert trolley was wheeled over to us. It looks gorgeous and if you’re a dessert fan, I’m sure this would rock your socks! Tira Misu, profiteroles, trifle, choux swans, chocolate mousse – and despite us being full to the brim, we opted for the custard-filled profiteroles.
All up, I found it great quality food. The service was extremely good, and the wine and food prices are pretty reasonable. I hope it does well.