I never went to Africola before they shifted their focus to North African food. I won’t even pretend to know what South and North African food is. All I know is the chef is good and the BBQ game is strong here. In fact this year they ranked 29 in the top 100 Restaurants in Australia. I was excited.
The decor inside is rather colourful but we got ourselves a table outside that night which I enjoyed even more with the greenery around. A little bit like dining in a jungle. Mr Foodie wasn’t sure about the menu but once I saw it, there were easily 8 or 10 items I want to order.
The menu is simple, no fancy wording, clearly divided into meats, seafood, veges and main ingredient listed. I wanted flatbread so it was between Africola Boom-Boom Hummus (which I really wanted to order just because of the name) and Sheep’s Milk Cheese. We opted for Sheep’s Milk Cheese with sumac and olive because, well, it’s not something we see everywhere. It was great with the large warm flatbread. I love tearing things off and eating with my hands.
I went straight for the famous Peri-Peri Chicken with boom!chakalaka. I found out that chakalaka is a vegetable relish, in this case I believe they used radicchio. The BBQ grilled chicken is really good. A generous sized half chook with fantastic flavours and perfect charcoal grill taste. Meanwhile the meat is still moist and tender it’s absolutely great. I can see why it’s a signature dish.
I tried to make Jollof Rice before but it didn’t turn out anything like this. This one is delicious with almond, pistachio and crunchy chickpeas. Oh and garnished with lots of chives. Loved it.
Next came the Berkshire Pork Belly with fig chutney and sage. I’ll be honest here and say we were expecting roasted pork belly with crispy crackling but it wasn’t quite that. I grew up eating five spice roast pork while Mr Foodie has pork with apple sauce. This was a nice change of flavour. Again the pork was tender and fat rendered beautifully. We did leave the “crackling” part with some hairs in it though.
Just so we can say we ate our veges we ordered the Crispy Eggplant with chilli and shallot sauce. A bit on the salty side for me but otherwise the hot crispy crunch is so satisfying. Then you get to the soft eggplant inside. Two thumbs up.
The dessert menu looked interested and I unknowingly managed to order a vegan dessert. I was curious about Chickpea Meringue. Of course it doesn’t have the traditional meringue texture, it’s more of a foam but if you like chickpeas I think you’ll like this. It’s like chickpea liquid foam. Served with mango, passionfruit syrup, sorrel and mint granita it was a refreshing and light dessert. Perfect!
Mr Foodie had the Rhubarb Mess which is a take on Eton Mess I presume. It had really lovely flavours with macerated rhubarb, shards of rose meringue with prominent rose scent and taste along with pomegranate for that refreshing crunch.
Africola was certainly a fantastic experience. They know how to BBQ and smoke their meats here, the menu is fuss free and original and the service was great when we went. Happy and relaxed vibes are what we got. Look forward to doing a feed me thing next time!
4 East Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000
08 8223 3885