Parlamento has always been busy every time I walk past. In the 12 years that I’ve lived in Adelaide, this institution located across from the train station is still going strong despite a building delay setback in 2011. I was told many celebrities have dined here too! And so we made this our venue of choice for a midweek girl’s night (plus one boy).
We started off with some fresh local Scallops with breadcrumbs, lemon zest, parmesan and parsley. It was cooked beautifully with a nice crunch. A fresh start to the meal. All four of us ordered pasta because we are carb monsters after all. Their menu is rather classic, the food is no nonsense quality food done well. I went for Calamari and Chorizo Spaghetti which also had lemon zest, chilli and coriander tossed in with EVOO. Thankfully the calamari was still tender instead of the rubbery overcooked pieces I so often get. The dish was light with a nice kick.
The other two went for Penne Basilico which really did turn out to be the group favourite. It’s their signature dish after all with chicken, semi-sundried tomatoes, roast capsicum, basil and a cream tomato salsa sauce. Absolutely delicious sauce especially with the generous topping of grated parmesan and ground pepper for spice.
One of us ordered Penne con Zucca which was a roasted pumpkin, ricotta, pancetta, baby spinach, pine nuts and parmesan concoction. Roasted pumpkin always adds a lovely creamy sweetness which spinach and pine nuts scream healthy. Not forgetting our vegetables we got a Rocket Salad with orange segments, parmesan, honey and balsamic dressing.
Parlamento certainly has its appeal as a classic Italian bistro dining venue. I should mention the portions are generous, we all ordered entree sizes only and felt more than sufficiently full. By all means order the main if you like, or perhaps even share a main size pasta and a secondi meat dish! Service is fast and there’s something for everyone on the menu. They also accommodate pre-theatre dining for those heading to the Festival Centre.
140 North Terrace
08 8231 3987