Last Friday night, The Adelaidian was treated to yet another Eat and Tweet culinary extravaganza, presented by the lovely ladies from Girl About Town.
The event saw The Colonist, The Mile End and The Unley showcase some of the delightful dishes on their new winter menu.
To begin, guests arrived at The Colonist on the Parade and were greeted by friendly staff and a glass of sparking wine.
Caramelised scallops were served up first – fresh pan-fried scallops, served on a bed of minted pea puree with sprouts and a jamon crumb. This dish was paired with a glass of La Prova Prosecco aka fancy champagne.
Next up, confit pulled pork belly in an open crisp wonton shell, with a chilli soy and sesame dressing, finished with crispy shallots and peanuts. Paired with 4 Pines Extra Special Bitter English Ale, this dish was fresh and zesty.
Finally, a wild rabbit ragu – pappardelle ribbons with slow braised wild caught rabbit, served with smoky Hahndorf bacon, in a white wine, cream sauce. This dish was paired with a glass of Dexter Pinot Noir. Parmesan cheese complemented the ragu well, making it a crowd favourite.
With the tank (stomach) a third full, guests piled onto a bus and headed west to the second destination, The Mile End.
Upon arrival guests were offered Mere-Et-Fols Chardonnay (Adelaide Hills) and Sloe Down cocktails – amaretto, sloe gin with orange segments.
Firstly, Atlantic salmon nicoise – pan-fried salmon, finger potatoes, goji berry and macadamia puree, green beans, steamed egg, dehydrated olives and heirloom tomatoes. The puree complemented the well-cooked salmon. This one pairs well with a cold glass of white wine.
Secondly, South Australian Lamb Backstrap with raisins and quinoa, black olive oil, dutch carrots and sauce verde. The meat was tender and the raisins and quinoa added texture and flavour – a winning combo!
Last but not least, dark beer braised beef cheek served with potato mash, fava beans, dutch carrots and jus. The beef was cooked to perfection and the mashed potatoes had a hint of sweetness.
Vegetarians were treated to a dish off The Mile End’s main menu – an outstanding haloumi salad, with watermelon, tomatoes, greens and mashed beetroot. Ah-mazing!
Almost full to the brim but with room for dessert, the guests hopped back on the bus and headed to The Unley for the final Eat and Tweet tasting instalment.
We were offered a choice of three delicious cocktails.
1. Pomegranate and Vanilla Mojito = white rum, lime, mint, soda, house made vanilla and pomegranate syrup.
2. The Unley G+T = smashed strawberries, mixed with gin, strawberry syrup and tonic water.
3. Fig Old Fashioned = Makers Mark bourbon, sugar and black fig bitters.
Guests were also treated to three desserts, a perfect finish for the night.
The flourless chocolate torte, with whipped choc fudge and drunken strawberry coulis was rich, decadent and every chocolate lovers dream!
The winter nelis pear tarte tan with vanilla bean ice cream was the perfect balance of slightly savoury and sweet. The crispy pastry, soft pear and smooth ice cream provided a range of flavours and textures.
Finally, the sticky fig pudding with white chocolate and caramel sauce had a hint of cinnamon and warm spices – a winter winner.
The Adelaidian would like to thank The Colonist, The Mile End and The Unley for their hospitality and the GAT girls for all their hard work in organising another successful Eat and Tweet event.
Images: Vueey Le Photography