Variety on King William is back this year to kick off the Adelaide Fashion Festival running from 22-26 October 2015. I had a chance to attend the menu launch of a fashion inspired three course menu with spring in mind put together by some fantastic King William Road food venues. This prestigious event has guests dining on the road alongside Adelaide’s longest runway where models will be parading latest trends from King William Road.
We started our menu journey at Ichitaro Diningfor some delicious canapés. To complement the food, each course has been matched with fantastic Wicks Estate and Tomich Wines. Those who fancy a beer can quench their thirst on McLaren Vale Beer. San Pellegrino sparkling and Acqua Panna still water will also be served on the day.
Back to the canapés, Ichitaro offers up some tender Crispy SA Chicken Medallions marinated in yuzu and soy topped with a cream cheese and edamame soy bean paste. For a fresher taste, enjoy their sushi filled with fresh local vegetables wrapped in quinoa and rice with a seaweed sauce.
This year Mercedes-Benz Adelaide is proudly sponsoring Variety on King William in line with its love affair with fashion. The menu launch was a progressive lunch so we had the pleasure of being transported to our next stop in the latest Mercedes GLE and GLE Coupe. I really was quite happy to go down the road via McLaren Vale.
Our next stop was the foodie heaven known as Bottega Rotolo, where your dreams come true. That’s an enclosed cheese room in the back by the way. These guys will be serving up two canapés as well. One is a Vegetarian Quiche filled with locally grown leeks topped with a layer of Swiss Gruyere while the other is a Salmon Tartlette with Créme Fraiche and Tasmanian oak-smoked salmon. I may have had second helpings.
A few of us came to a consensus of how perfectly bite-sized these were, easy to eat with a glass of Wicks Estate Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir or Tomich Sparkling M NV Chardonnay Pinot in hand.
Katya from Finesse Models met us at Faraja
Our journey continues a few doors down to Faraja where the gorgeous face of Variety of King William, Katya, greeted us in a vibrant dress from Liza Emanuele’s spring collection. The first of the alternate drop main course is a lovely dish of Chicken Breast with spinach, hazelnut and stuffing served with orange hollandaise, fresh asparagus and potato galette. Orange hollandaise is a first for me but I quite liked it. This course is matched with Wicks Estate 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and Tomich 2015 Sauvignon Blanc.
It was time to hop in a car again to head up to Parisi’s where we would sample the second main course. We were served a Spring Lamb Salad on a pastry tart of roasted vegetables with a black olive yoghurt tower. The black olive yoghurt tower was intriguing. It was made of black olive pasta discs and yoghurt to complement the lamb. The bold black and white tower also ties in with the fashion as we have seen some bold black and white stripes this season. The lamb was cooked perfectly and the roasted vegetable tart was a lovely base for it.
The matching wine is Wicks Estate 2014 Shiraz.
Guests will also enjoy Turkish dinner rolls served with olive oil and balsamic by Hyde Park Bakery to accompany their main course.
Just when we thought we couldn’t be spoilt any more, desserts roll out. The alternate drop desserts come from two fantastic and well known patisseries. The first is a Le Printemps Ganache filled chocolate tart topped with almond crumble, pistachio and edible flowers from By Blackbird. This dessert looks like a beautiful garden bed in itself. Definitely fulfilling the spring theme. It was gorgeous to look at and decadent to eat.
The second dessert is from Mulots Patisserie which is every bit French. Their dessert is a Fresh Lime Custard on pate sucrée and coconut base served with a coconut macaron and strawberry coulis. The lime and coconut just gave me all the outdoor feels of relaxing in the sun. Simply perfect. Ready to roll onto a bed for a siesta, we each got a caffeine boost from Cotto Espresso who will be supplying coffee on the day.
It was the first progressive lunch I’ve been to and it was fun. More importantly, it showed us how many great restaurants and providores there are on King William Road. Having said that, Variety on King William will be more than food, the talent of our local fashion designers will also be on display.
This event is held on Friday 23 October 2015 from 12pm-3.30pm. Tickets are $140 per person to support Variety SA children’s charity. Head online to get your tickets now before the sell out.
Disclaimer: Foodie Ling was invited as a guest to the menu launch