Gondola Gondola - A modern take on Vietnamese

Gondola Gondola - 1 Peel Street, Adelaide SA 5000

One Friday night after work, we decided to hit the town and check out what the latest addition to Peel street had to offer. Gondola Gondola is situated on the corner of Hindley and Peel street and offers a great view of Adelaide's party scene with the floor to ceiling windows encasing the venue. On this occasion the sunken dining room at the back of the restaurant is full and our only option is to eat at the small bar tables with mini stools at the front of the restaurant overlooking lively Hindley street. It's not a bad little spot if you are a people watcher and don't mind all the comings and goings from the front door.

Fancy Cocktails
We start by ordering a couple of cocktails to wash away our workday blues! They are just what we need while we peruse the menu and attempt to flag down the waiter to place our order.  The Cafe Sua Da Martini, which is a Vietnamese take on the traditional Espresso Martini was very delicious!

Salt & Pepper Bean Curd $12.00
First out was the Salt and Pepper Bean Curd served with crispy garlic, pickled chilli and herbs. Overall, this dish had a pleasant flavour. The outside was nice, crunchy and well seasoned whilst the inside was beautifully silky smooth. A great start to the meal, however we would have opted out of the green shrubbery that accompanied this dish as we found this to be unnecessary.

Little Grilled Bird $16.00
Whenever we go to a Vietnamese restaurant, the quail is always a dish of choice. The quails here were nicely grilled and had lots of finger licking flavour through the lemongrass, garlic and chilli jam. However we were not provided with the lemon and pepper dressing that we had hoped for. Not sure whether this was an oversight or whether they do not actually provide this item with the dish.

Young Tiger $24.00
These prawns were huge! They were cooked well as they were moist and succulent with what we remember as being a wasabi/rice crumb on the outside adding a nice textural element to this dish.

Master Master $26.00
The Master Master is beef that has been slow cooked for 6 hours in a master stock of cinnamon, star anise and lemongrass. Both of us agreed that this dish was a winner with the meat being so tender it fell straight off the bone. The accompanying Asian greens were seasoned well and made for a great combination with the meat and flavoursome sauce.

Vegetarian/Vegan: A couple of options but not many.
Child Friendly: This is date night material.

Ambiance: 3.5/5 - We were seated at the front bar near the entrance (but this was the only availability).
Service: 3/5 - On this occasion, our calls for attention were missed.
Food: 7.5/10 - Good finger licking food!

Overall, OTCB gives Gondola Gondola 14/20 chops on the Chopping Board.

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