Last Sunday we were invited along to The Adelphi Kitchen to sample their new Spring dinner menu, a very nice way to spend your Sunday afternoon. The first thing that hits you every time at The Adelphi Kitchen is the warm welcome from Chris and his team who put you immediately at your ease the minute you walk in the door.
Chris welcomed the group, introducing his team and telling us that after trading as La Stella for many years he decided it was time for a change and during a secret BBQ club meeting 2 years ago, The Adelphi Kitchen was born. A complete overhaul of the menu, decor and the type of food being served, from fine dining to a barbecue vibe was on the horizon, always ahead of the game. This new menu looked to take the best from both whilst alongside still offering the extensive special’s board that the restaurant has always been known for.
We were in for a real treat as the kitchen had prepared small dishes of the entire menu for us to sample, grazing our way through the menu over the course of the afternoon. Alongside we were served an alcoholic and very drinkable summer fruit punch and following on with a bourbon cocktail.
First up was the pot of mussels cooked in cider, bacon and cream, a nod to La Stella when they were a regular feature on the menu. La Stella’s mussels hold a special place for me, I spent years believing I didn’t like mussels until my husband insisted I try his at La Stella – I did and have been a convert ever since, I love mussels but I really love La Stella mussels! The other revelation of the day was Michelle eating salt cod and enjoying it. Michelle grew up on the East Coast of Canada where the cod was landed and salted – this is not something she would ever have tried willingly. However placed in front of her on Sunday she tried, she liked and to my great disappointment ate all of it, yes I was hoping for her share too. The rest of the starters were a mixture of fish, shell fish and meat, and all had a light touch and freshness of taste.
For the mains we had a platter of seafood and a platter of meat. Tikka halibut was a definite highlight for me and Michelle struggles to decide whether she liked the slow cooked beef short rib, or the dirty steak and sauce. But we are splitting hairs here as we ate everything put in front of us and left nothing, the food was faultless.
Finally we were served a trio of dessert, a popcorn pannacotta, a lemon merengue pie with vodka raspberries, jellies and yogurt sorbet and a chocolate mousse cake. All delicious and clear plates all round.
The menu in our opinion is a resounding success, a touch of The Adelphi Kitchen with a big nod to the old La Stella and the fresh deliciously cooked seafood it was always know for. I guess the biggest recommendation we can give you is that I’m booked in for dinner in a couple of weeks and I’m already trying to narrow down what I’m going to eat.
A big thank you to Chris, Lauren, Murray and the rest of the team for a great afternoon of food and conversation.
We would like to stress that we were invited along as guests to sample the new menu, we were not paid to attend and the views expressed in this blog are entirely our own based on our experience that day.