THE POT FOOD AND WINE, Adelaide
It’s only on a rare occasion that I’ll get really excited about a menu – you know, when you read a menu and you want to order pretty much everything on it – well it happened again on the weekend – at The Pot, King William Road. The Pot has been around for quite a few years now and it’s always served quality food but I hadn’t been for quite a few years until I went in for dinner about six weeks ago. I had a really good meal and I told everyone I came into contact with afterwards that they must go! My lunch on Sunday cemented, for me, that The Pot is a really good option for a vibrant, relaxing and tasty experience. I’m such a sucker for Asian-inspired food and this is modern food with a pretty strong Asian influence – and it all looks great too.
The menu this day consisted of a list of Grazing plates, including a homage to spring lamb – and here’s why I was salivating – exciting words leaping off the page at me: Singapore chilli soft shell crab, salmon belly, Tonkatsu-glazed sashimi, Sticky beef dumplings, Tempura oysters, Goat croquettes, Hanoi duck spring rolls, black vinegar caramel, roasted char siu, Malaysian red curry. Get the picture? How were we ever going to choose just a few dishes? On this occasion I was meeting a fellow food Instagrammer from Brisbane, so the pressure was on to ensure a good food experience for her, and I’m happy to say, she was as excited as me.
First up, the Tempura Coffin Bay oysters, celeriac puree, garlic foam and nori salt – a perfect start. They looked good. Plump, deep fried oysters sitting high atop the celeriac puree. We only had one each but we could have had more – many more. The Okaki-age prawns with green chilli sauce and Szechuan salt were super crisp – coated with Japanese rice cracker. The green chilli sauce had was mild and had a lot of flavour. We were in raptures over the Wood-grilled salmon belly, golden egg, black vinegar caramel, chilli, shallot and coriander. There’s something so special about belly flesh (apart from when it’s my own belly) – rich and silky, and it was perfect with that whole golden egg that had a brilliant oozy yolk. We somehow managed to get that black vinegar caramel all over the table and our waitress was more than happy to replace our paper table cloth.
We thought some greens were in order – the Roasted Kalettes, baby turnip, pickled beetroot and spring onion – Because I love kale and I’m the President of the Brussels Sprout fan club, I love kalettes. I love everything about them. They are one super-sexy vegetable! When it arrived, I was disappointed with the size of the dish – it was pretty small and for $15 I would say it wasn’t great value for money and the kalettes were almost too heavily salted. On a positive, they were cooked just right and we were in need of something green for the afternoon.
Our final savoury dish was the Wood grilled Ashley Park Highlander lamb loin chops, corn puree and roasted carrot. Very tasty, and we enjoyed it but my chop had heaps of fat on it which didn’t leave me with a lot of meat, but I’m happy to say the fat didn’t go to waste – my fat-loving lunch partner was happy to eat it for me. Still a very enjoyable dish and comforting with the corn puree and carrots.
I was pretty full by now but my lunch partner was keen on a sweet – I’m pleased she opted for the Peanut butter parfait, chocolate sorbet, butterscotch, praline. If I’d ordered a sweet, I would have opted for this too. Who doesn’t love peanut butter! She couldn’t finish it so I grabbed a spoon and dug in. It was absolutely stunning and despite my savoury tooth, I would go back just to have this dessert!
I’m so glad I’ve rediscovered this place. Really good food and the service was excellent too – friendly and knowledgeable. Now I need to get back for the Coal roasted Flinders Ranges kid goat leg, coriander, mint and roasted vegetables.