Giallo Wine Bar is situated on Rundle Street in Kent Town, Adelaide. Very cosy surroundings with indoor and outdoor settings. What makes this Adelaide restaurant unique is that it is connected to the next door art gallery so if you come at the right time, you can peruse the art whilst waiting for your meal. Unfortunately, we went for dinner after work and the gallery was already closed. The decor of the restaurant also reflects this 'art gallery' concept with a number of art pieces gracing the restaurant walls.
Giallo works on a sharing concept from entree to main. At first glance, we were unsure as to whether the mains would allow for this but we asked our waiter and were assured that it would be possible, and it would be easy.
The cuisine itself is hard to describe with Italian, Spanish and Mediterranean influences apparent throughout the different dishes.
A bit of background - there were seven of us in our party, so we decided to order a combination of entrees and mains as well as some wine. Not knowing overall portion sizes we tried our luck and ordered two servings of some of our dishes. Ok, now for the food!
|Pan-fried haloumi with salsa verde and lemon - $13|
|Chorizo baked with tomato, gorgonzola and sage - $12.50|
|Pan seared scallops on cauliflower puree with crispy speck, sherry vinegar and fried shallots - $23|
|Gnocchi with pesto (special, no price...sorry!)|
|Pan seared free range chicken breast, harissa, baby carrots and almond cream - $28|
|Local pan seared Ocean Trout served with green beans, herb picada and caper aioli (Market price)|
|Salad of roast beetroot, fetta, radicchio and almonds - $20|
|Passionfruit pannacotta, candied almonds and orange syrup - $14|
The pannacotta was smooth and had the correct amount of 'wobble' (I have no better way of articulating its consistency). In my experience passionfruit desserts can sometimes be too tart, or too sweet - doused in sugar to overcompensate for the tart passionfruit. This dish had a good blend of both tart and sweet which did not make it sickly. The addition of the candied almonds (to me) was a throwback to the 80s-90s when I first tried these.
Overall, I can say that the sharing concept was well designed here. All dishes were suited to sharing and were done quite easily (with the dishes that we ordered). The only minor gripe I had was that the salads came out quite late in the meal. Now whilst we were sharing and the dishes came out in no particular order, I would have liked the salad earlier on in the evening to have a lighter meal alternative with some of the mains.
For our party of seven and ordering of approximately 14 dishes and one bottle of wine (plus coffee etc) our bill totaled $377. When split between seven people I think that this was a decent price for what was ordered. I would have liked our mains to be slightly larger so when shared, we would could have had more of each dish. Viewing the photos, it can be seen that the mains are not very large. But when compared to a fine dining restaurant, mains are of a decent size.
Overall, Mirko gives Giallo Wine Bar 14.5/20 chops on The Chopping Board. If the mains were slightly larger and the first few dishes were executed better, this would have increased overall score. I would definitely go here again.