The General Havelock - sharing some plates

Pubs are generally my first point of call when hunger strikes. However, on Saturday night when my boyfriend and I were not feeling particularly lavish we decided to stop at the General Havelock on Hutt St, Adelaide to sample their wares. Also not being super hungry, their tasting options seemed like a good fit for our bellies.
There are five options for the tasting plate, with the full five options costing $30.90. On this occasion we decided on the three options; salt and pepper squid, house made arancini balls, and South Australian Hahndorf chorizo sausage and grilled haloumi. Thinking this may not be enough food, we also ordered the Havelock dip plate.
So much goodness on the one plate

The majority of what we ordered for the tasting plate amazed us. The coating on the salt and pepper squid was flavourful, crisp and did not leave notes of oiliness. Meanwhile the encased squid ring was tender but not so much that it tasted processed and mushy. Arancini balls had a fluffy interior; packed a punch in terms of taste and left us fighting for the last one (we eventually decided on going halves). Haloumi were pan fried until golden, held the right amount of seasoning and had enough bite and chew. I don’t know if these are the correct elements to judge a grilled haloumi but I find one of the most important things with simple food is its mouth feel and texture. Also deserving of a honorary mention is the thick garlic aioli that comes with the salt and pepper squid. This was so good that we ended up dipping EVERYTHING in it.
Grilled haloumi

Salt and pepper squid rings

The only criticism that can be applied to the tasting plate would be aimed towards the chorizo. Although kudos should be given for offering local South Australian produce, the chorizo were grilled too long and by the time it came out was dry. Obviously all the fat had drained away during the cooking process, leaving the sausage moisture-less and sad.
Havelock dips plate

The dips and accompanied pita bread were pleasant. No strong accolades or complaints, however the orange looking pumpkin and chickpea type dip had a bit too much mint. My mouth felt minty fresh after eating it, and not in a good way.
Overall the meal at the General Havelock was a good experience and I would definitely go back again for the tasting plate. For 3 tasting options at $21.90 that produces a serve large enough to be mains for two, this offers great value.
Jess gives the General Havelock 13/20 chops on the Chopping Board.
Food: 8/10
Service: 2/5 (we weren't shown to our seat or provided with menus leaving us looking a little lost and stupid)
Ambiance: 3/5

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