Despite the popularity of Rundle Street’s Street ADL and Orana by chef Jock Zonfrillo, time has somehow slipped away and it is only now that we made a visit. A rather clever space of informal dining, cocktails and bar downstairs with a fine dining restaurant upstairs designed to blow your mind. Both have different atmosphere, you wouldn’t think it was the same establishment.
We were here with dBites to grab a bite before catching a movie so a selection of small plates to share made the best sense. The menu is quite interesting, a little bit of different cuisines thrown in, a refreshing change from usual bar snacks.
Mr Foodie was still obsessed with cheeseburgers so under ‘Food Truck Rolls’ the glorious Cheeseburger stood out. Dry aged chopped rump steak with bacon and cheese. We did ask for the bacon to be on the side but it went on the burger anyway. Served with a pickle on the side, Mr Foodie couldn’t wait to sink his teeth in. The burger was a little underwhelming, under-seasoned and on the dry side unfortunately.
We ordered a couple of ‘Small Street’ and ‘Side Street’ dishes especially Hot Chips. How can we be sharing food and now have hot chips ($7). They were delicious, so hot and crispy with tasty seasoning. Simple and awesome.
Cured Salmon and Noodle Salad $12
I love noodle salads and this sounded interesting with pickles, miso and herbs. Something light and fresh for the palate. The flavour was ok, somehow the dressing didn’t quite hit the mark for me. It’s probably personal taste but it was too sour, needed something else to balance it.
Mac ‘n’ Cheese $12
We have clearly established by now that I LOVE MAC AND CHEESE. So, Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Macaroni cooked al dente and the sauce was creamy with golden melted cheese over the top. The only thing is, it was a little bland. I may have been spoiled by heavily cheesy and salted Mac and Cheese when I was overseas.
Tteokbokki was our friend’s choice, a welcomed one. A chance to briefly travel back to the time I was in South Korea. A Korean street dish of hot and spicy rice cakes. Street ADL’s version come with Korean Spiced Pork Balls, Asian Greens, Ginger and Kimchi. The pork balls had great flavour and the rice cakes (rice noodle gnocchi) were soft and cooked well. I like kimchi so I didn’t mind it in my dish though I would have liked the gravy to be much thicker so that it coats each rice cake and the flavour, more intense because the rice cake itself doesn’t really have flavour.
It really is a nice place to hang out for some snacks and drinks. I’ve often seen the place packed on weekends. The menu is, to their credit, more innovative and interesting than average however on this visit, we weren’t blown away. The prices are also on the higher side. I have heard good things about their dishes from the ‘Fire Pit’, perhaps I’ll give that a go next time.