Walking through the botanic gardens in temperatures of 35 degrees the Botanic Garden Restaurant was an oasis. We arrived for lunch heavy with perspiration badly needing refreshment. The welcome from the maitre d' was exceptional as indeed was the whole experience. The restaurant is in a beautiful setting within the gardens. The interior is fresh and bright with high ceilings and crisp white table cloths on the tables.
We had a two course lunch for $52 each, lots of water and a bottle of K1 Vineyard, Gruner Veltliner, crisp, well chilled and kept in an ice bucket set up by our table. The food was exceptional, not least the presentation which surely would have merited a Michelin star. Our first courses were for my wife, Sweet Corn Fondant Tart with a Macadamia nut crust, red pepper relish and baby popcorn shoots; and for me, Aged English Cloth Cheddar Brulee, Asparagus tips and black truffle. Both delightful. Our main courses were Orange Salt Duck Breast, Roast baby heirloom beets, blueberries, hazelnuts, cassis jus; and
Manning Valley Pasture Fed Beef Fillet Liquorice root dust, carrot puree and red wine onion jam. The food was delightful and the presentation first class. The service could not have been better. Friendly, efficient and unobtrusive. This will be a "must do" on our next visit to Adelaide.
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