Press Food and Wine, Adelaide

A while ago P mentioned that I usually only give a 3 or 3.5 – the reason why I haven’t doled out a 5 is because it will mean that it is the best meal of my life and it cannot get any better. Reality: things like this don’t happen everyday. To me a 3 isn’t a bad score – it is an average meal but I wouldn’t mind going back. 4 on the other hand means it was pretty impressive and a memorable experience – Press Food and Wine is one of those few places for me :)

beef tartare

Beef Tartare, Aioli, Toast

Taking away all the indecisions that comes with ordering at Press is the sharing platter, an epic 4 course meal that will leave your belly in struggle town. Starting with the beef tartare and slathering this pate-like paste onto a slice of toasted crispy bread, you wouldn’t even suspect this deliciousness to just be well seasoned raw meat. First course also had a dish with slices of raw tuna that melted in the mouth which was paired well with a dollop of wasabi aioli (wasn’t too wasabi heavy ;) )

raw tuna

Yellowfin Tuna, Wasabi Aioli and Seaweed

Second course began with a healthy heap of salad – bitter rocket, pops of sweet pomegranate, and creamy goat cheese added fresh flavours to the quinoa and lentil salad. One of the highlights from this meal was the chargrilled squid dish where a slight smoky flavour could be tasted as you bit through the chewy yet tender squid. Covered in a lovely pesto sauce (not nut based according to the waiter) it left me picking at this dish!

salad

Quinoa & Lentil, Pomegranate Molasses, Goat’s Curd

Carving knives and forks came out which must mean some form of meat was coming for the third course – yay :) Earth shattering crunch from the crackling transitioning into fat and meat melding together to give an amazing roast pork belly.

pork belly

Roast Pork Belly, Cucumber Salad & Celeriac Puree

Slices of medium rare steak cooked perfectly with a juicy, tender center, slight pepper burn and charred edge. So. Good.

beef

The last course of the meal: dessert (huzzah!) A sharp crack on the caramelised top into the oozy vanilla seed flecked brulee centre – the bowl was scraped and cleaned until not a spot was left.

creme brulee

Crème Brulee

Flames! So pretty! A great palate cleanser to end the meal with a bombe alaska that had a bitter dark chocolate icecream center and zesty flavoured meringue :D

bombe alaska

My favourites were the chargrilled squid and that amazing steak. Actually, I pretty much enjoyed all dishes except the quinoa and lentil salad – too healthy for me :P Not only do they have lovely food but our waiter was nice and easily accommodated our menu for food allergies and food preferences. I wouldn’t hesitate to come back – you can’t go wrong with Press.

Food: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Atmosphere: 3/5

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4 comments for “Press Food and Wine, Adelaide

  1. Ann
    June 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Great review of a place that’s only to-do list. You had me scratching my head at calving knives! Lol.

    • June 16, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      oh my bad – I was trying to write carving knives but have fixed that up :D A good one for the to eat list, really can’t go wrong with Press :)

  2. June 22, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Roast pork belly, come to mama!!! Flaming meringue, what a sight! Lovely pics, too :)

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

    • June 22, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      Haha thank you! I’m so happy I was able to catch the flames from the Bombe Alaska – it’s usually so hard to capture :P

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