Years ago GG and I decided we were an uber cultured pair and booked ourselves in for a night at the theatre to see Cyrano de Bergerac. Oh yes tres cultured! Only joking, but before we went to the show we went to the Globe Restaurant at the Parmelia Hilton for dinner. And I have memories of it being really nice. I had a duck risotto and it was delicious. Ahh long ago risotto memories…… Now fast forward to today and the Globe Restaurant has become Adelphi Grill. The Parmelia Hilton previously had the two restaurants but after a big refurbishment a year ago, they decided their main restaurant would become Adelphi Grill.
GG and I were invited along on a Tuesday to join the Parmelia Hilton’s Marketing Manager Julia for dinner. We were first shown around the impressive refurbed restaurant. There’s the bar area with a few couches and tables set up, before you walk past the very impressive private dining room known as ‘The Reserve’. The Reserve seats up to 20 guests for a sit down meal or 40 for a stand up cocktail function. It’s not a completely enclosed space, but you’d still enjoy an element of privacy while being able to appreciate some of the general ambiance of the restaurant. Also it has a seriously impressive wine display. All the bottles are elegantly displayed along one wall in temperature controlled comfort and it can hold 1000 bottles! I immediately decided that if I ever build a house, it is having one of these walls. Wishful thinking perhaps!
We then wandered into the main restaurant dining area. It’s a lovely space with an open kitchen so you can keep an eye on all the fast paced action of the chefs hard at work.
We sat down and our friendly waitress offered us some water. We then turned our attention to the wine list. They have a solid wine by the glass offering and I opted for a Chablis, given I don’t see it offered too frequently by the glass.
Julia then outlined the fairly vast menu to us. It starts with a few bar style options – burgers, sandwiches, etc. before listing some of their new tapas style, small shared dishes. The focus then turns to the grill, kicking goals for the meat lovers among us. There was then a seafood section and finally a few other non-steak mains – chicken, lamb and some vegetarian options. The sides and the desserts were listed too. Oh yes it was quite the extensive read and meant that it was going to take more than a few minutes for us to figure out what we would order. The beauty of the menu though is that you can order from any section regardless of where you are sitting, so burgers in the dining room and steaks at the bar are all a-ok.
We narrowed down four from the tapas menu that we should share to start.
- Salt ‘n’ pepper squid – pineapple & cucumber salsa, lime mayo ($19)
- Beef carpaccio – parmesan, garlic chips, rocket, truffle oil ($19)
- Peri Peri chicken tenderloins – yellow rice, capsicum mayo ($19)
- Porcini mushroom arancini balls – mushroom & feta salsa, aioli ($19)
They didn’t take long to arrive and they all presented beautifully. Our taste buds kicked into high gear with all the delicious aromas that the dishes brought along with them. What GG and I both liked was that each dish had an interesting pairing and all these little extras really served to enhance the star attraction on each plate.
First up we tried the Carpaccio. I am a massive Carpaccio fan and so love that it had been drizzled with the ever indulgent truffle oil. Ahh truffle oil, you decadent wonder and what a distinct bouquet! The beef itself was paper thin (as it should be) and just melted in your mouth. Bliss. I liked the inclusion of the rocket and the garlic chips, which both added some contrasting crunch. It was a really tasty dish.
Next up was the squid. Perfectly cooked half tubes of squid with a pleasingly light batter and the right amount of peppery spice. Also the squid was resting on a really great pineapple salsa. The sweetness from the diced fresh pineapple pieces was such a great match and to me it was a little splash of summer on a wintery evening.
Now I’m a long time arancini fan and was very pleased to get to try Adelphi’s spin on a mushroom version. The enticing crispy spheres were balanced on top of an interesting mushroom medley. It was mushroom mania! Thankfully though at our table, everyone was a mushroom fan, so we eagerly got stuck in. Really good! A rich mushroom flavour and the coating was wonderfully crisp and the accompanying mushroom garnish was the perfect match.
The final dish was the chicken tenderloins. This came served with yellow rice and a creamy capsicum mayo. The chicken was so moist and had a pleasing spice so it that went well with the accompanying creamy capsicum sauce. They had been four delicious dishes and each was a decent size in my opinion.
Onto mains – talk about tough decisions! GG locked in the South west fiery fillet 220gm – Chef Chad Miskiewicz’s secret blend of fiery spices on 220gm beef fillet, Adelphi chips. All steaks served with your choice of mushroom, béarnaise, red wine or pepper jus ($43). Julia chose the Potato gnocchi cigars – roasted pumpkin, pinenuts, rocket leaves, goats cheese, cherry tomatoes ($28). I ummed and ahhed until the last minute before locking in the Dukkha crusted lamb cutlets – kipflers, minted peas, red wine jus ($46). With each main dish you were able to help yourself to bread rolls and butter, along with a range of freshly made salads from the salad bar.
GG’s steak came with a pepper sauce and a dish of chips. They were really nice chips. Exceptionally well seasoned and plenty of crunch. I also sampled some of the steak. Wowsers, the fiery seasoning had some kick, but it worked a treat on that flame kissed piece of meat. They know how to treat a fillet in that kitchen!
Julia also very generously let me try some of her gnocchi and the long cigars were pillow soft and just lovely with the goats cheese and drizzle of balsamic.
My lamb cutlets were a vision. Four plump cutlets atop vibrant green smashed peas with some roasted kipfler potato fingers. The kipfler potato is quite an elegant spud. I’d ordered my lamb medium so there was still some pink to it and it was a perfectly tender affair. I enjoyed the sweetness of the peas along with the dukkah spiced lamb too. Again they had shown the lamb its due respect and it was cooked beautifully. I found it quite a filling dish but thankfully GG was able to assist me in finishing it. He’s good like that.
I was feeling fairly comfortable at this stage but there was still a tiny bit of room left for dessert. I was glad for this fact when we started perusing the sweet options. Sharing is caring so we ordered three dishes with the plan being we’d share them all. It was like a dessert party when they all arrived!
The flavours of the trio of creme brulees changes day to day and today it was chilli chocolate, pistachio and Amarula Cream. We all tried the chilli chocolate first and it was fantastic! Not an overly sweet chocolate but decadently creamy and left your mouth with a lingering warmth from the chilli. It was fairly subtle but you could definitely notice it. It was a big hit around the table. The pistachio was also a pleasant flavour and the Amarula Cream had lavish boozy notes to it. A really interesting trio.
The deconstructed black Forrest cake looked very pretty, pretty as a picture with a cherry on top 🙂 It had chunks of chocolate cake, morello cherries, chocolate mousse then whipped cream. Again though it wasn’t overly sweet and was an interesting way to indulge in Black Forrest cake.
The last dessert I tried was the quintessential winter dessert classic that is sticky date pudding, which at Adelphi was a slightly jazzed up date and fig blend. It’s hard to go wrong with a rich pudding with warm caramel sauce and the contrasting chill from the vanilla ice cream. It was indeed very nice and a lovely way to round out the dessert adventure.
What a great night it had been. The company had been superb and we’d enjoyed some interesting conversation along with our delicious dinner. There’s quite a relaxed and casual vibe to Adelphi Grill, while still maintaining high levels of service and dishing up very tasty and well-presented food. The staff are a real credit to the venue and all are friendly and attentive and seem genuinely happy to be working at Adelphi. Chef Chad and the team in the kitchen are a skilled bunch and again, there were plenty of smiles. By the time we left, the place was close to full and on a Tuesday night! They are clearly doing something right at Adelphi. Plus there’s the added bonus of Adelphi being open 7 days a week 🙂 Finding a place that cooks up a quality steak is a big win in itself, but the menu is also extensive enough that almost anyone should be able to find something that satisfies their appetite!
Thank you to Adelphi Grill team for the invitation and memorable dining experience.