B’Churrasco Opens On East End

Words by Fatema Sitabkhan
Photos by Fatema Sitabkhan + official B’Churrasco Instagram page

If you’ve been in Adelaide long enough, then you’ll know the space that used to be the iconic PJ O’Briens. And while some of us may still be mourning the loss of this once quintessential bar in the East End of the Adelaide CBD, we can be rest assured that the space has been revitalized to present with a fresher, ~cleaner~, and more illustrious atmosphere as a Brazilian barbecue restaurant.

B’Churrasco has made their way to Adelaide (all the way from Melbourne) to inject a slice of Brazilian culture into the Adelaide dining scene along the East End. After successfully setting up and running their business in Melbourne since 2013, co-owners Jack Poon and Carol Ng were swooned to their Adelaide location, which has strong character and heritage-worthy charm seeping through its architecture. The former space has been thoroughly renovated to present with a cleaner and more minimalist layout. Fresh pieces of art decorate every corner of the restaurant and an abundance of natural light brings life to this once dark and dingy interior with questionable floors!

 

The evening of their launch night was nothing short of gastronomically pleasing! We were welcomed with the Brazilian national drink Caipirinha, which is a strong yet refreshing rum-infused concoction of cachaça (sugarcane liquor), sugar, and lime.

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Caipirinha (sourced from official B’Churrasco Instagram page)

All the food here is made by Head Chef Arthur Santos, who comes from São Paulo and brings with him the culinary expertise from his Brazilian heritage to complement with meat that is proudly sourced locally from South Australia.

Upon glancing through the menu, it’s near impossible to stop drooling, so there won’t be any judgment if you experience the same. There is a beautiful selection of unique dishes that incorporate Brazilian flavors in ways that we didn’t think were possible.

The food served at your table will not only bring out the theatrical flair in its presentation, but also tantalize your taste buds with a selection of 12 kinds of barbecued meats (locally sourced chicken, beef, pork, and lamb) that are seasoned with rock salt, marinated in authentic Brazilian flavors, and cooked over charcoal on giant skewers, before being carved into fine slices at your table by the passador. All patrons are provided with tongs at the table, so that you can pick your succulent slice of meat right off the skewer! Served with side dishes such as banana fritters, garden salad, and potato chips, this was certainly a meal that was filling, satisfying, and enjoyable, not to mention social!

 

To finish off the feast, we were then treated to the traditional sweet dish Abacaxi (grilled pineapple garnished with sugar and cinnamon) and there’s no shame in admitting that despite being full from all the meat, I went for seconds, thirds, and even fourths of this particular dish. Juiciness from freshly grilled pineapple coupled with the sugar and cinnamon seeping into the fruit – what’s not to like?

 

This style of dining with a Brazilian BBQ meal will set you back $56 per head on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays or $45 per head on Wednesdays and Thursdays. But, don’t be put off by the price, because it includes your choice of side dishes and ~wait for it~ it’s all you can eat! Given how we sampled just ~just~ 6 types of meat and wish we had worn more loose fitting clothes for the occasion, I can assure you that your money will be well spent after you are given a real taster from 12 types of meat! Moreover, there’s a pretty awesome system at the table where there is a light and when you set it to green, it means that you’re happy for more food to come to you, and when you switch it to red, it means that you’re well and truly fed.

The team at B’Churrasco has successfully brought to life one of my favorite buildings of East End with their impeccable hospitality, their unique cultural presence, and food and drink that will undoubtedly lure patrons of Adelaide back for more! If you’re a fan of anything meaty with a touch of BBQ goodness, this place needs to be added on your restaurants to visit in Adelaide.

Special thanks to the team at B’Churrasco for the hospitality and to Girl About Town for the invite to the event.

Location
10-12 East Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Opening hours
DINNER
Wed – Thurs: 6pm – late
Fri – Sun: 530pm – late
HAPPY HOUR
Wed – Sun 430pm – 7pm

Social media
Official website // Facebook // Instagram – Adelaide // Instagram – Main // Twitter

Menu (PDF)
http://bchurrasco.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/bchurrasco_menu.pdf

Electra House / LEVEL ONE – Interview

Interview by Fatema Sitabkhan
Photos by Fatema Sitabkhan

Nestled in the heart of the Adelaide CBD lies a gem that serves Asian cuisine with a modern spin to it – Level OneWith its walls decorated in colors that may as well represent themes of strawberries and cream and minimalist lighting that adds just the right level of intimacy and intricacy to its atmosphere, the restaurant has ample space that allows individuals to enjoy a catch up with work colleagues, friends, or family, in addition to providing just the right ambience for a romantic date.

With a carefully selected team of individuals in the restaurant and culinary businesses, Level One’s family brings together the skills of:

  • Chad Hanson (General Manager)
    Ex Sean’s Kitchen, Eden Restaurant & Vodka Bar
  • Jamie Kang (Executive Chef)
    Ex Sake (Melbourne)
  • Kate Rowlands (Restaurant Manager)
    Ex Selfridges & Co (London), Cote Restaurants (UK)

Having not visited Level One prior to this experience, I was lucky enough to score an e-interview with restaurant manager Kate Rowlands, where I learned more about the story of what Level One is all about. Have a read of our exchange below:

Tema: I’ve always wondered what the difference is between Electra House and Level One – can you go into that a bit further?
Kate: Level One is the Modern Asian award-winning shared plates restaurant within Electra House Hotel. It offers more of a dining experience to our guests, whereas our Ground Floor offers a more casual food offering – burgers, platters and salads.

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The dining space

Tema: Can you tell me a bit more about your head chef – Jamie Kang – and how he finds the inspiration to create the new menus; particularly with contemporary Asian elements?
Kate: Jamie really looks to his childhood and South Korean heritage for inspiration. Many of the dishes on the menu contain some element or flavour that comes from a family memory, and he likes to combine those with the best local produce he can find. For example, you’ll find his mother-in-laws white kimchi served with our South Australian kingfish sashimi. One of our most popular dishes in the Korean baby squid pancake, which is a traditional comfort food that his mother used to cook for him in the winter when he was a child. If you were going to describe the type of cuisine that Level One offers, it would be this – dishes that have been designed to be shared amongst friends. The menu features bold, modern Korean flavors, with heavy influences from Japanese cuisine, cooked with the best Australian produce that we can get our hands on.

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A feast fit for 2 (or more)

Tema: What has been one of the most popular dishes that has your customers returning to you?
Kate: Our Salmon Aburi is an absolute guest favorite and has been on the menu since day one! The combination of the fresh Tasmanian salmon, the crispy sushi rice and the sticky den-miso glaze is a winner every time.

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Aburi salmon

Tema: What is one dish that you would highly recommend to new customers?
Kate: Hands down the free-range rack and belly of BBQ pork. We slowly cook the meat overnight every night on a low heat for at least twelve hours, so it’s super tender and juicy. It’s drenched in a spicy Korean BBQ sauce while it cooks, and we keep these cooking juices and sauce aside. When you order the dish, we baste the meat in this liquid and then char it on the grill, before covering it in more of this incredibly flavourful sauce and sending it out for you to devour. Delicious.

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Free range rack and belly of BBQ pork

Tema: Let’s talk about the stock at the bar – there are lots of local, South Australian pearls, which is always an exciting bonus to see at a bar/restaurant here in Adelaide. What’s your philosophy around stocking local?
Kate: We are so lucky to live and work in a state that has not only incredible produce but also incredibly passionate producers as well. Some of the best wine in the world is made right here in South Australia, and we are really passionate about supporting that. When we look for new wines to go on the list it’s all about supporting smaller-scale local producers who are doing something interesting – growing unusual varietals, making wine in really small batches or making wine in a slightly different way. It has to taste great, but the story behind that bottle you’re sharing with your friends has to be interesting as well. We are also massive supporters of local spirits, and are really proud to work with and serve some incredible local products to our guests. It always amazes me when I go interstate and visit Sydney and Melbourne – they have incredible restaurants and bars there, but the wine lists are so often import heavy and feature very little Australian wine. It’s such a shame when there is so much incredible produce in our own backyard, and we really try to champion that in the restaurant.

Tema: What do you expect people to experience by visiting your space?
Kate: We want them to taste flavors or try new ingredients that they might not have tried before in other restaurants in Adelaide. We want them to feel comfortable and to let us take care of them while they are here. We want them to have fun, and to walk away feeling like they can’t wait to come back. We offer a daily changing shared ‘Omakase’ menu as well. This is our way of feeding you, and always represents the best of the seafood that we have delivered fresh every morning and some of our favorite current dishes on the menu as well.

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Fried octopus

Tema: Why do you think people should support local businesses like yourself?
Kate: We support other local businesses as well, and we are constantly seeking out new and exciting local products to offer to our guests. The coffee we serve in Level One is a collaboration with the guys at Adelaide Coffee Culture, and is a medium-roast bean that they roast just for us. We served another of their beans on the ground floor in Electra, which is the dark-roast bean that we use for our Espresso Martinis. When we opened Level One, we felt like the bean was too strong and didn’t quite fit with the food we were serving. The roasters at ACC were fantastic and really understood what we were trying to achieve at the end of the meal for our guests.

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Executive chef Jamie Kang (photo supplied by Level One // Electra House Hotel)

Tema: Is there anything else that you’d like us to know about your business?
Kate: We are the home of My Gin, My Gin – a gin exclusively available in Electra House Hotel. We worked with the fabulous team at Settler’s distillery in McLaren Vale to come up with a drink that really complimented the flavors in the restaurant. It’s distilled with native ingredients such as saltbush, finger lime and lemon myrtle and served with dehydrated pineapple and Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic water. It’s definitely worth trying as a perfect aperitif to get your taste buds going!

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My Gin My Gin

A special thanks to the team at Level One for their hospitality and to BPPR for the interview opportunity + dining experience!

Location
131 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000

Opening hours
Tues to Sat (dinner): 5pm until late
Fri (lunch):                   12pm – 3pm
Sun / Mon:                     CLOSED
Space is also available for private event hire 7x days a week

Social media
Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

The Greek on Halifax

Words and photos by Fatema Sitabkhan

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Adorned with nostalgic photos of the family through the generations, The Greek on Halifax has become a reputable name along the Southern end of the Adelaide CBD.

Having recently undergone a massive revamp and completing 15 years of successful business, the fine folk at The Greek had me over, with a group of other influential people from the media industry. Each room within this quaint fine-dining restaurant offers customers with an interesting and unique perspective on viewing items. Ceilings are decorated in wine corks from bottles that were served at the restaurant, while others present with a more abstract view through upturned chairs. There’s always a surprise in every corner here!

We were treated to a luncheon, which was complemented by the hospitality of the staff members and owners of this family-operated business. Recipes of the items on the menu bring together influences from the family’s ancestry from the islands of Rhodes and Kastellorizo, as well as neighbouring Cyprus.

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Starting off with the 4 Island Dips, we munched on pita that was served with:

  • Skordalia – potato, garlic & lemon, served with pita
  • Pantzarosalata – beetroot, coriander, cumin & yoghurt, served with pita
  • Tzatziki – yoghurt, cucumber & garlic, served with pita
  • Taramasalata – fish roe, served with pita

Easy on the palate, satisfying as an appetizer, and a great conversation starter with the rest of the table!

Next up, we tried the Krokettes – zucchini and cheese croquettes served alongside Skordalia dip. A brilliant balance between crunchy and soft, the croquettes are fluffy in texture and can be enjoyed just as much without the dip.

The Sikotakia is a dish that is deceivingly scrumptious, despite the nature of the dish. Comprising of pan-fried chicken livers that are served with sautéed onions & wine, and served with grilled village bread, the dish had a great mix of sweet and sour.

The Saganaki Kefalograviera is a dish that cheese lovers will not be able to look past! Pan-fried Cypriot cheese, roasted cherry tomatoes, lemon & olive oil provided my tastebuds with freshness from the tomatoes, citrusy tang from the lemon, and a sense of bitey flavour from the cheese.

The Kalamari Tiganito comes with lightly fried calamari, served with a chickpea, capsicum, red onion & parsley salad. You have been warned: you will want to order more than 1 plate – the calamari had a crispy outer layer and had firm meat within that basically melted in my mouth with the 1st bite.

The Moreton Bay bugs were served with a herb, garlic, cucumber, mesculin & red onion salad. It was an interesting dish to get my head and hands around, the well-prepared meat was juicy and had a subtle smoky flavour, coupled with the fresh spices that the meat was cooked in.

The Paithakia is the perfect dish to end your dining experience at The Greek on! Served with a generous serving of chargrilled marinated lamb cutlets with couscous, the lamb cutlets presented with strong yet complementary flavours that gave the succulent meat just the right level of tang!

Special thanks to Mercy Me Marketing for the invite, to Markus Hamence for hosting us, and to the team at The Greek on Halifax for their hospitality.

Location
75-79 Halifax Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Opening hours
Lunch: Mon – Sun 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sun 6pm-9pm  // Fri-Sat 6pm-10pm

Social media
Facebook // Instagram

Folklore Cafe, Port Adelaide

Words & photos by Fatema Sitabkhan

One of Port Adelaide’s most successful Renew Adelaide projects is the Folklore Cafe, which is a quaint little cafe that is situated along the waterfront. What appears to be ‘just another shed’ on the outside, presents with an open and inviting space within.

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Natural light illuminates the indoor seating of the cafe, which is decorated in beautiful mixes of retro and vintage accessories, mismatched furniture that seems to fit right in perfectly, and a menu that is bound to capture the attention of anyone and everyone.

The outdoor seating is family-friendly and offers choices that can be enjoyed by people on dates or families with kids, through their arrangement and style of outdoor furniture that strategically provides a calming view of the ocean. Glistening waters act as the perfect backdrop as customers feast on freshly prepared meals by the friendly staff who work there.

Owned and managed by Anika Harvey, Folklore Cafe is the product of a lifelong dream:

“Running a cafe had always been a dream of mine. I originally opened the space with 3 other businesses and over time they moved on and I expanded. I’ve always wanted somewhere that provides a seasonal and locally sourced menu. I am also a big believer in having a healthy supportive and inclusive environment.”

With the transition to the warmer and brighter seasons, Anika has created a list of options that brilliantly capture the colors and vibes of Spring and boasts of well-loved Modern Australian cuisine. Anika takes pride in sourcing her fruit and vegetables “from The People’s Market, which is all SA-sourced and non-sprayed” and her other products are also sourced from SA-based producers.

Among the newest additions to the menu, I was fortunate to try the following:

  • Waffles with fresh berries, strips of Turkish Delights, pistachio ice cream, Persian floss and lemon curd
  • Salmon eggs with smoked salmon on sourdough, poached eggs, beetroot hollandaise, avocado whip, sesame, lemon & herbs

Both dishes were kindly provided to me for sampling purposes and after having demolished the two dishes to my heart’s content, I can safely say that each dish will (no doubt) put you in a happy mood. With a combination of bright colours, coupled with a zesty and delightful mix of ingredients, each meal is not only appealing to the eyes, but also does wonders for the palate. 

As Anika mentioned, “I create all of the menus. I usually put a new menu out for a few weeks, get feedback and tweak it [accordingly].” Having visited the Folklore around 3-4 times in the last couple of months, it is best to say that the menu is ever so dynamic and there is always something new and exciting to look forward to.

The price range is fairly decent ($6 – $10 for the kids menu, $10 – $20 for the adults menu), given the high quality of the food and the picturesque view and stunning weather that accompanies the experience of dining at The Folklore Cafe, so next time you’re out and about by the Port, make sure you stop by for a wholesome feed!

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Location
The Annexe, Hart’s Mill, Mundy St, Port Adelaide

Opening hours
Wed – Sun: 8am – 4pm

Social media
Facebook // Instagram

2nd & 6th, Peel Street

Words and photos by Fatema Sitabkhan

Peel Street (just off Hindley Street) has seen quite a transformation over the last couple of years – going from an abandoned and often avoided street to a vibrant social space that is bustling with bars, cafes, and restaurants – all owned and supported by Adelaidian locals!

One such restaurant and bar that I recently visited is called 2nd & 6th, which has been cleverly named after the 2nd (greed) and 6th (gluttony) of the 7 deadly sins. Staying true to its name, customers are not only allowed to, but in fact encouraged to indulge in these sins, gorging on the delicious food and drink on offer.

Boasting of contemporary European cuisine, customers can visit this beautiful establishment for lunch and/or dinner services. Alternatively, if you’re after some knock-off drinks, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised to hear that the bartenders here love experimenting with their concoctions and you can enjoy a variety of sweet / bold and strong / old-fashioned styles of boozy goodness.

Location
12 Peel Street, Adelaide  SA  5000

Opening hours
Tues: 4:00pm  – 10pm
Wed / Thurs / Sun: 11:30am – 10pm
Fri / Sat:11:30am  – 2am
Mon: CLOSED

Contact
08 7221 1979

Social media
Facebook // Instagram // official website

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The Pot, Hyde Park (SA)

Words and photos by Fatema “Tema” Sitabkhan

A couple of weekends ago, I had the fine opportunity of visiting The Pot in Hyde Park with a fellow foodie. Now, I’ll admit – I hadn’t really heard of the place prior to this day, primarily because I haven’t ventured out to Hyde Park enough. Luckily though, I’ve found reasons to change that!

Taking pride and branding themselves as a “neighbourhood restaurant”, The Pot aims to be the locals’ go-to, where customers can enjoy a beautiful blend of Asian and Australian cuisines that works in so many wonderful ways, through so many wonderful dishes.

Upon walking in, my initial reaction was “Well, this is fancy!” – but don’t let that intimidate you, because you’ll be treated to seriously scrumptious food that is prepared fresh by Head Chef Emma McCaskill and served to your table by friendly and hospitable staff. Even though I had never visited The Pot prior to this, I felt like I was in the comfort of my own home. I felt welcome and well taken care of.

The only downside that I see is that the price range for most of the dishes and drinks at The Pot is a bit too expensive, while living on a student budget. However, it is nice to have had a taste of The Pot and save going there for special occasions!

For those looking to experience the many tastes that The Pot has on offer, there is a monthly event – Last Friday of the Month Lunch – which is a 4-course degustation that is matched with wines at $95 per person, so grab a couple of friends and celebrate the end of the week and month with a feast at The Pot!

Location
160 King William Road, Hyde Park, SA

Opening hours
Tuesday – Friday : 12pm till late
Saturday & Sunday : 9am till late
Monday : Closed

Contact
08 8373 2044

Social media
Facebook // Instagram // official website

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Drunken Sailor, North Adelaide

Words and photos by Fatema Sitabkhan

 

Ahoy there, mateys! A new ship has sailed into North Adelaide and rumor has it that a certain sailor of the drunken kind is out in full force and handing out fresh catches from the seas of Australia!

The newest extension to The Curious Squire in North Adelaide is Drunken Sailor – a brand new food joint that is so much more than your average food and chips shop. Boasting of an American-style diner and decorated in pleasing nautical-themed décor that has a feature wall of the man himself, the grub available at Drunken Sailor is affordable, full of flavour, and oh so fresh!

Head chef Hien Nguyen takes pride in serving up some of the best of South Australian catches, such as Tasmanian salmon, Northern Territory barramundi, and the South Australian Flathead (to name a few), which can be cooked battered, fried, or even wood-oven baked!

Bringing a complementary fusion of Asian flavours, there are also options of lobster rolls, prawn pao buns, and Vietnamese salmon salad bowls. Most items on the menu range from $1 – $25, so there are a range of options of snacks and/or wholemeal choices, that offers a bit of everything for everyone!

Specializing in dine-in or takeaway options, the space can seat up to 20 guests and is fully licensed and stocked with delicious boozy options, such as Boats n Schmoes Session Ale and Seas The Day Sauvignon Blanc – which are exclusively available at Drunken Sailor.

So drop your anchors and say #yeahbuoy as you treat your tastebuds to something new, authentic, and truly local / Australian-based!

Special thanks to Girl About Town for the invite to the launch of this space.

Location
10 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide SA 5006

Opening hours
Tues – Thurs: 4pm – late
Fri – Sun: 12pm – late
Mon: CLOSED

Contact
08 7071 5710

Social media
Facebook // Instagram // official website

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Inside Morocco, Magill

Inside Morocco is Stepney’s newest spot that offers services of a restaurant, an events space, and a store with lots of Moroccan-inspired items that are available for purchase.

Authenticity is at its prime here, where you can feel like you’re one step closer towards visiting the mystical land of Morocco. The hospitality is welcoming, the food is exquisite and delicious, and you simply cannot leave without trying their traditional mint tea.

Location
149 Magill Road, Stepney SA 5069

Opening hours
Tues – Fri: 9am until 4pm
Sat – Sun: 8am until 6pm

Special events
Open for 10 or more by appointment for private dinner

Contact
(08) 8132 1414

Social media
Facebook // Instagram // official website

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