The Adelphi Bar and Grill is located off Mill Street in the Parmelia; it takes the place of the Globe restaurant and moves the Grill from the basement level where it was for many years – I worked in the building upstairs in the 1970s and the Adelphi Steakhouse as it was known was a very popular spot – as was the adjacent bar, Paddy’s Find. Times change, and the new face and location looks a winner.
The bar is certainly stylish with an attractive black bar, wine cellar at one end, and furnished with snazzy stools and Italian leather chairs; it looks great. There is an al fresco area out front on the footpath, and further into the hotel is the grill/restaurant dining room.
We dropped in one afternoon and settled into a couple of the very comfortable chairs in the bar – our plans were for a drink and maybe a quick, light snack to go with it – so we looked over the menu and drinks list. The wine list is very good, indeed, probably 100 wines with three dozen available by the glass; a great range of varieties and from all regions of Australia, with a number of international wines to complement them. Excellent beer choices, cider and cocktails complete a very impressive line up.
We decided, as we often do, to have a glass of rosé- there were two available and the West Cape Howe was our choice. This wine, made from tempranillo, has notes of strawberry and Turkish delight on the nose, with good acidity balancing the fruit on the palate, leading to a crisp and dry finish. It is a very refreshing and inviting wine.
Looking over the bar menu, we fixed on the small tapas selection – dishes such as salmon cubes, sautéed chorizo, olives, garlic prawns and beef strips – and went for deep fried fetta with rocket pesto. As well as the tapas the bar menu contains chicken wings, burgers, steak sandwiches, salads and fish and chips – normal bar food, some with a stylish twist.
Anyway, our fetta had been battered and quickly deep fried – a light tempura style batter surrounding salty, slightly melting cheese was served with a piquant pesto. It was a light, pleasant snack that went well with our drinks.
The restaurant menu of course is much more comprehensive with a large choice of steaks and seafood and other dishes. It certainly looks like we will need to re-visit and try something more substantial.
The Adelphi is an attractive and welcoming spot, the waiters we encountered friendly and knowledgeable. Since moving upstairs and refurbishing the place 18 months or so ago it has proved a great addition to the bar scene. We will be back.