Sidney Nolan’s Princess quietly oversees the genteel hubbub of Adelaide’s Art Gallery Restaurant. She too has views of the restaurant’s large outdoor patio and leafy pergola that frames a friendly group of ladies reclining in the garden’s colourful deck chairs. It’s a timeless scene, reminiscent of Monet’s en plein airpaintings.
A seasonally inspired á la carte menu draws inspiration from both Asia and the Mediterranean. Ingredients such as tarragon, speck, seed mustard and fennel pay tribute to the West, while lotus root, bok choy and galangal herald the East. The inclusion of seared kangaroo fillet with a quongdong glaze is an innovative take on dinky-die bush-tucker. Another local speciality, Coorong samphire, provides culinary clout to the Pernod infused Atlantic salmon. It’s a brave combination but works brilliantly.
Spanish olive oil pearls titivate the goats’ curd cheesecake and surprise the palate on impact. The combination of summer grass and salty curd is sublime.
Dessert traverses a similar landscape; seasonality prevails. Roasted peaches and summer fruits complement classics, such as a velvety chocolate mousse, frangipane tart and almond and honey parfait. And you couldn’t more regional than seeing a local peach grower drop off his freshly picked fruit.
An extensive wine list, with a regional bias, sits stoically alongside a range of globetrotting aperitifs. Now where was that deck chair?
Art Gallery Restaurant
Art Gallery of South Australia
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