Restaurant Blackwood was once Street Adl with a slightly different style of menu. It took us a while to try Restaurant Blackwood and when we did, it soon had a face lift and became Blackwood Bistro. The sister restaurant of Orana offers a slightly more casual dining experience. The menu still showcases South Australian produce where possible and incorporates native produce as well.
We started the night with San Jose’s Charcuterie platter. It was a sight to behold served with the Blackwood liver parfait as smooth as mousse and some pickles. The menu said damper but I believe we got rye bread instead. All good. The shaved rump cap with yolk and capers was especially delicious.
I opted for some Fire-Pit Yellow Fin Tuna to start. Nicely charred and seared on the outside still pink on the inside. It came with cous cous, karkalla and lilly pilly powder which gave it a slight tart taste. Karkalla is a native succulent plant and it is edible in case you’re wondering.
It’s hard to get ahold of game pie here so Mr Foodie was a little excited to see Jock’s Autumn Game Pie on the menu. The pastry is crispy, puffy and fragrant. The filling however lacks meat. For a game pie it wasn’t very gamey despite using magpie goose and venison. There were only little shreds of meat, the filling was more of a chicken pie type filling as opposed to a rich winter red meats stew like filling. Either way the taste wasn’t the issue, it was that there was hardly any meat. $37 is a lot to ask for an almost vegetarian pie.
On the contrary, my serve of Slow Cooked Beef Ribs was generous. Two meaty pieces that were very tender served on braised cabbage and fondant potato. Now THAT is a good meal. We also decided to try the Potato Damper cooked on coals which turned out to be really nice. A different texture to normal flour bread and we liked it.
While the sweets menu was tempting we were savoury inclined. Besides, we saw it said Kris Lloyd Cheese Board and knew it would be great. Woodside Cheese is always fantastic.
I haven’t had a look at Blackwood Bistro since the change and I couldn’t tell you if the menu changed much but at the very least this is an idea of things you can expect. Thought has gone into the menu especially when using native ingredients. I suppose this is a point of different for them. Otherwise it was an OK meal with a disappointing game pie. Didn’t blow me away, for the price and expectations I think I was a bit let down.
Restaurant Blackwood (Blackwood Bistro)
285 Rundle Street
08 8227 0344