Tried our luck second time around at Ruby Red Flamingo but their no reservation policy (unless you have a group of 6 or more) denied us a table. You either get there super early at opening time or you have to be on the waiting list which can be a wait of up to 2 hours as we were told. That was all fine and everything but it was quite deflating when the few people in front and behind us got ushered in immediately to an empty table with friendly familiar chatter with the staff member who I assume to be the owner of the place…
Plan B you ask? Panacea on Halifax Street for a mediterranean feed.
Farr Rising pinot noir, Geelong VIC; $16.50
Hesketh ‘The Protagonist’ shiraz, Barossa Valley SA; $10.50
Patatas bravas crisp fried potatoes with fresh salsa & sherry vinegar; $9.00
Crispy fried potatoes, not so crispy and slightly soggy from the salsa. Bite sized pieces made for easy eating.
Pork belly slow cooked, served with sour citrus & prune compote; $18.00
Interesting combination of flavours, the richness of the pork belly and the salty skin contrasted against the sweet and sour of the citrus and prune compote; we thoroughly enjoyed the pork belly minus the pool of fat residue left on the plate.
Duck leg confit twice-cooked duck maryland with a roasted carrot panna cotta & parsnip chips; $32.00
Unfortunately, the duck was overcooked and dry but aside from that, the dish was well liked. The carrot panna cotta was… different yet interesting whilst the slices of fresh oranges provided a refreshing and sweetness to each mouthful. The thinly sliced parsnip chips were sweet and super addictive. Yum!
Pizza: fungi tomato salsa, parmesan, Swiss brown mushrooms, rosemary; $24.00
A thick and rather soft pizza base with a generous amount of mushrooms. We only managed half the pizza whilst the rest was packed ‘to go’.
Churros Spanish style doughnuts with melted dipping chocolate; $15.00
We finished off with churros’ to share. These were pretty good with a crisp casing and a good sprinkle of cinnamon sugar paired with a smooth chocolate dipping sauce. Churros innards were slightly doughy but still the ‘best’ ones I’ve ordered from a restaurant. ChurrOz still wins hands down, cheap fresh and so good! Gotta find time to hunt the truck down.
An open, vibrant and decorative restaurant with plenty of seating options: indoors, outdoors and outdoors undercover towards the back of the restaurant. Food was enjoyable and the atmosphere casual and relaxed. Service was on the slow side with only one person on the floor, but overall, an enjoyable experience and a tasty feed.
72-74 Halifax Street
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8232 3523