Press* food and wine has been a steady favourite amongst local diners and visitors alike. Situated on Waymouth Street, it always looks full yet I’ve never dined there in all these years. Finally it took a foodie friend to say “C’mon, you have to try it”. Needless to say she’s one of those long standing fans of Press*.
The restaurant has two levels with a loft space upstairs for reservations. Downstairs is kept for walk-ins so you can always grab a bite albeit having to wait a little sometimes. While there are booths and regular tables upstairs, it’s all long high tables and bar chairs downstairs. A bit like a cafeteria The walls are clad in wood with exposed light bulbs emitting warm light for that cozy feel. I was told two things. Get the pappardelle and the steak. Although the Press* burger is a bench mark, we decided to try other dishes. After all, there’s Bread & Bone now.
We started with the Croquettes which were absolutely fantabulous served with dijon. Real perfection here. Smooth and creamy inside with great flavours while the outside was hot and crunchy. Our next dish was Citrus-Cured Salmon with fennel, orange, poppy seed and pickled radish. Delicate and delicious! Probably should have had this before the croquettes.
Not many places do a good Beef Tartare, my last favourite one was from d’Arenberg. They always tend to be off balance, too sour, or not fresh enough. This was a beautiful beef tatare with a perfect balance of flavours. The beef was fresh with a clean taste while the egg yolk gave ever mouthful a creamy finish. Served on aioli with some crunchy thin toast it was a delight to eat.
The dish my friend has been raving on about turned out to be well worth it. Pappardelle is made in house and I loved the egg flavour in it. Cooked perfectly and tossed with fresh chunks of blue swimmer crab in a tomato and chilli sauce it was one of those simple pleasures that so many places do wrong. The boys were hanging out for the big Coorong Angus Rib Eye for two with all the trimmings. A whopping 850g rib eye with cafe de paris butter, long beans, jus, three mustards, salad and a super creamy potato mash. Should’ve seen their gleaming eyes. The steak is cooked medium rare unless requested otherwise. For us that was perfect. It had that beautiful chargrill flavour. The steak itself was so tender and juicy. Mr Foodie loves cafe de paris butter so imagine that. As far as ordering steaks in restaurants go, this was pretty good value as it did come with ample sides.
Just for something more we ordered the Spice Rubbed Spatchcock. Also chargrilled. We like our chargrilled food here. Being that it was a spatchcock, it was a big one. Quite a generous serving. It came with a side of charred corn and rocket salad too. It was perfectly grilled with a very yummy rub. The meat was still tender and juicy I wish I could roast chicken like that without burning the skin!
I have to say that after dining there, I now understand my friend’s love for Press*. The same friend who took us to Peel St, think she’s a definitely foodie keeper!
40 Waymouth Street
08 8211 8048