Finding a spot to eat over the Christmas holidays proved to be a challenge as everyone was on their holiday break so in turn, nothing was open (and by nothing, I really mean, all the places I wanted to go weren’t open)! We lucked out and secured a reservation at Andre’s on their first trading day of the new year and opted for the tasting menu at $55.00 per head for our group of 5 which allowed the chef to feed us, with a ‘not too much cheese’ dietary requirement for one of our lactose intolerant eaters.
Starter of salt and pepper seafood platter: prawns, octopus, whiting fillets, white bait with tartare and a wedge of lemon
Bite sized fresh seafood coated in a light crispy batter proved to be a great starter with crunches heard all around the table.
Polpette: pork and beef meatballs filled with fontina; $13.00
Assaggini: antipasti boards served with artisan ciabatta loaf
Vegeteriani: platter of all things vegetable – sweet potato crisps, roasted and grilled seasonal vegetables and caponata, wilted cicoria, buffalo ricotta and beetroot dip; $25.00
Salumi: selected of finely shaved Italian salumi – prosciutto di san danielle D.O.P. mortadella, salame, porchetta, bresaola, cacciatore, capicollo and lomo; $25.00
The meatballs were delightfully moreish and juicy teamed with the light fragrant tomato sauce. The antipasti boards were a hit amongst us; a basketful of ciabatta bread with a small lashing of olive oil to pair with the variety of meats and vegetables on offer. The sweet potato crisps were my favourite, a bowl full of these and I would have been a happy chap. So light, crispy and sweet!
Carpaccio: salmon, pepperoni colorati, balsamic, E.V.O; $22.00
This wasn’t part of our tasting menu so we ordered it as an extra dish, especially since the stranger and I were eyeing it on the menu the moment we walked into Andre’s! So glad we did cause this was so freaking deakingly good. The dish came out vibrant and full of colour and the same can be said for the taste. Melt in the mouth sensation with pops of freshness from the diced capsicum, capers and micro herb paired with fresh crusty bread. DELICIOUS! We’ve had their carpaccio on both of our visits to Andre’s and both times have been sensational so I’m gonna put it out there, order their carpaccio next time you hit up Andre’s – you won’t be disappointed.
Next up, home made pasta with saffron sauce (not pictured), the pasta was cooked al dente, super fresh and flavours were simple, subtle and understated. A welcomed contrast dish compared to the ones previous although I’m all for a hit of strong sharp flavours thrown at me. A snapper dish arrived next and my oh my, it was cooked to perfection. The flesh was incredibly moist and sweet, the best snapper I’ve seen cooked to date as most are usually overcooked and dry hence why I’ve never ordered snapper when I’m eating out. The food didn’t stop there, more mains were on their way and by this stage, I was ready to pop!
Polenta con funghi al burro di nocciole: creamy polenta dressed with sauteed mushrooms, hazelnut, ricotta and rocket pest; $22.00
La carne: 400g MSA iron steak ‘tagliata’ patate, parmigiano, balsamico; $39.00
Polenta con ragu’ di salsiccia: creamy polenta dressed with calabrese style sausage ragu’ and parmigiano; $22.00
Two polenta dishes and the iron steak monster with crispy potato chunks that I could’ve happily hid from the others and had all to myself but luckily for them (and myself) my stomach had reached its full capacity. Last up, the banana donuts: house made banana donuts, filled with couverture chocolate, dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with a house made vanilla bean custard that I happily declined and left for the others to sate their sweet tooth.
Another amazing meal at Andre’s teamed with great service and lovely company. Til next time, have a relaxing weekend!
Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar
94 Frome Street
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8224 0004