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“Impressed, although some imperfections”

1918 Bistro and Grill
Ranked #4 of 33 Restaurants in Tanunda
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $31
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: THE STORY BEHIND 1918 The Great War was drawing to a close when Friedrich Carl Gottleib Wallent put the finishing touches to his fine home in Murray Street, by chiseling the date in the foundation stone by the front door. His son Morris later became the mayor of Tanunda and took over the family home. More than 70 years later in 1992, an enterprising group of locals turned the proud Wallent home into the Barossa's first bistro grill - a friendly and generous place where Barossa winemakers could entertain their guests and visitors could relax after a hard day's wine tasting. In 1998 Tanya and Sid King visited 1918 as guests 17 years later, in 2015 the opportunity arose for The King Family to be the new custodians of this fine home of Barossa Hospitality. They are passionate about serving fresh, seasonally-inspired cuisine, accompanied by carefully selected wines from the Barossa's best and iconic Australian and International wineries - but guests are also welcome to bring their own special bottle. What you'll also find is a youthful passion and buzz, modern Australian tastes and flavours that are borrowed from Asia and the Middle East, and a genuine willingness to please.
Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Came here for lunch, waitress was not the friendliest by any means.
She stood there without a word waiting for us to place our order.. but she didn't ask. She just walked to our table and stood there.. strange.
Anyhow, quail and coconut prawns were amazing for our starter. Perfectly cooked.
The special was a seafood bisque, it was luke warm... not sure if perhaps thats the point of a bisque? The chicken was quite dry, pork belly was good.
The baileys dessert was good, not great, doughnuts were dry and not something id re order.
Food itself is worth going for and it really is a nice place to dine although a little cold..
As for the staff, I strongly suggest they start being more friendlier and welcoming, its a good thing to be nice to the patrons. If they had been, im sure it would have only enhanced our experience. And we definitely would have stayed longer and tipped more.
Great food, bad staff. Very disappointing in a touristy town.

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Reviewed July 28, 2014

The only good thing we ate were the coconut prawns, everthing else should have been sent back. We ordered the bread, no butter given as an option, only oil. We ordered a bottle of wine for 2 people and no-one else was asked if they wanted anything to drink, they were only given water, hmmm. My daughter had the quail that was over cooked, very very dry. I had the pork belly, extremely overcooked, very very very dry. My daughter ordered med to well steak and it was well done, no pink meat anywhere. My husband ordered the mackeral that was on as a special, there were 2 other couples there, we were told it had sold out, we are not sure who too because neither of the other couples had it and we were there for lunch at 12 noon which is the time they open for lunch. He had to have barramundi which, dare i say it, was overcooked. We then ordered the cheeseboard, only given a bit of fruit with the cheese, no quince paste, a few almonds and a few crackers, not even a choice of crackers just one sort. My daughters partner ordered the dougnuts which were very very dry, inedible. I ate at the Star of Greece recently the difference is chalk and cheese rating for 1918 is a 1. Rating for Star of Greece 10 out of 10.

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Reviewed July 28, 2014

The restaurant has this lively feeling to it with simplistic decoration. The food and wine menus were straight to the point , for starters we ordered the cold cuts which were surprisingly spicy but still very delicious. The T-Bone steak we had for the main course was sizable but not to our expectations in terms if taste. We are satisfied with the dining experience in this nice and cozy place.

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1  Thank FIbrahim
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Reviewed July 28, 2014

My fiance had the lamb shank pasta dish, and I had the confit of pork belly. Delicious! Also had the soft, freshly baked bread which is always a winner, and the affogato for dessert. Couldn't fault the dishes at all. The service was also amazing.

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Reviewed July 24, 2014

Don't let the date fool you, because the food was so mod and full of flavour, the Chefs knew how to tantalise the taste buds from start to finish. Let's not forget the girls serving, good job and entertaining. Thanks for the wine hoods......

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