july’s tempting palates food club dinner was at the lickerish kitchen & bar – level 1, 26 semaphore road, semaphore (a seaside suburb of adelaide).
this place was chosen because it was featured in urbanspoon adelaide’s top ten ‘talk of the town‘ – a list of recently reviewed and blogged restaurants.
dinner was set for 8pm so it was a bit surprising to see an almost empty room when we walked in. however it did pick up as the night wore on. [when the place did get full, it was just a tad noisy.]
the group decided to have shared entrees but i decided to go it alone. i already knew what i was having as i had a peek at the menu online (when lickerish was chosen as our next venue) but i did look at the menu anyway. just in case it had changed. not likely but one never knows.
i really really wanted to try this particular dish (that i chose) as it wasn’t your normal everyday run-of-the-mill dish. and hey, it’s always good to venture outside the square and try new things.
i chose to have the octopus garden as a starter … oh my goodness …
a beautiful-to-look-at arrangement of marinated octopus tentacles, cucumber (curled), cherry tomatoes, edible leaves & flowers on top of an avocado and wasabi base. what a way to start the meal. a dish that had interesting flavours and different textures. absolutely delish.
the rest of the group chose to have pizzas as their entrees …
italian – salami, prosciutto, olives, chilli, tomato and mozzarella -
fruits of the forest – shitake, enoki, oyster and swiss brown mushrooms, egg and parmesan -
l’il piggy – pork belly, spiced pumpkin roast shallots, woodside goat curd, baby spinach and apple -
what’s a dinner without drinks …
each of us had our own main courses.
i happily continued with the seafood theme. beach pizza – fresh seafood, anchovies, crispy capers and green olive tapenade -
the others had …
black angus and brie burger with red onion jam, tomato and rocket -
sirloin of angus beef with a braised beef mushroom pie -
slow cooked beef cheek with brussel sprouts -
the fish of the day – mackerel with gnocchi -
home made herb gnocchi with baby vegetables, nut brown butter and shaved parmesan -
followed, as always, by shared desserts (which, according to some, were the saving grace of the dining experience as they said that their main courses were a bit on the ‘average’ side) …
antique mulberry clafoutis with vanilla ice cream -
rosemary pannacotta with citrus and honey -
chocolate mousse with macerated strawberries -
warm apple pie -
cinnamon poached tomatoes with cardamom ice-cream and chocolate soil -
i had a taste of them all and the chocolate mousse and the apple pie were my favourites. good old fashioned classic sweets. you can’t go wrong with those. a case of keeping it simple because simple is good?
the place has a warm inviting feel to it with a cosy relaxed atmosphere.
imagine dining and relaxing here on a warm summer’s day. that is when you’ll definitely experience the benefit of having an upstairs room with a view of the sea. bliss.
tempting palates’ overall rating score >> tempting palates
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