I’ve already had two good encounters with Coal Cellar & Grill at Adelaide Hilton. Once at the launch and again for our Tasting Australia Words To Go dinner. This time I was invited back to check out their Express Lunch menu. I’m looking at all you lucky city workers who get to lunch. While they won’t mind you staying for a long lunch, this is designed with your time sensitive lunch break in mind. For just $25 you will get a great quality meal including a main, a glass of wine/beer/soft drink and a coffee all within 1 hour. The lunch menu changes from time to time with four choices including a vegetarian choice at any time so you can keep going back to try new dishes.
I must admit it was hard to decide which dish to have. I wanted the seared salmon with mandarin gel yet it was a cold, windy, rainy day that made the pork belly call out to me. Each month Coal will have a feature ingredient that’s in season and for the month of May it was mandarin. The beautifully Seared Salmon was served with fennel, sultanas and mandarin gel. I tried this dish at a dinner previously and the flavours go together nicely. This is probably one of the lighter options and a good Omega-3 fix.
The vegetarian option of the current menu is Shell Pasta with Roasted Zucchini and Safron Cream. I didn’t try it but it looked nice and creamy. Temptation got the better of me and I caved in to order Pork Belly. The pork belly was so incredibly tender and comforting served with braised red cabbage and apple purée. It was such a classic combination.
My friend ordered the Grilled Lamb Cutlets with freekah tabouli and orange thyme créme fraiche. I could smell the delicious charcoal grill and the dish got a big nod of approval from her.
To our unexpected surprise, the manager also organised for us to try the new desserts they have just put on their menu. This isn’t part of the Express Lunch deal, I just had to disclaim that. But it was a really nice surprise to finish on a sweet note. It’s no secret that their desserts are a twist on classics and very visually pleasing. I think with the new menu there’s something for everyone with a fruit based dessert, something tart, something chocolaty and a classic warming dish. I believe there’s a couple more that we didn’t get the chance to try so I’m sure you will find something you like. My personal favourite was the Chocolate Marquise, it has been a long while since I had one at The Rocks, Glenelg many many years ago. It’s not cake, it’s not mousse. This one came with orange sauce, candied ginger and a coffee glaze. Let’s just say I went for seconds, would have gone for thirds if we didn’t have to share the board. The prettiest looking dessert had to be the Lime Curd and Strawberry Jelly which isn’t the wobbly jelly in a cup you’re thinking of. It’s beautiful and tart just the way I like it.
Once again, the hospitality and service at Coal Cellar and Grill was brilliant. A couple of us were lucky enough to have the day off so we stayed for a coffee and peppermint tea as the others rushed back to work. Thank you for a beautiful lunch. For those of you who still haven’t been to Coal, the Express Lunch is a good start especially with such a good deal.
Disclaimer: Foodie Ling was invited to Coal Cellar and Grill as a guest
Coal Cellar and Grill
Adelaide Hilton Hotel
08 8237 0697