The Curious Squire Serves Up A New Menu

The Curious Squire - 10 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide SA 5006

Since opening in 2012, The Curious Squire has been home to American-style BBQ food, show-stopping burgers and, of course, the full range of James Squire craft beers and seasonal brews on tap to wash it all down.

On The Chopping Board (OTCB) was recently invited to The Curious Squire to try out the new additions to the menu by Head Chef Joshua Barry. All food and beverages were provided on behalf of The Curious Squire.

Joshua has aimed to put a modern twist on some classic South American flavours with his new menu, whilst still showcasing the great local produce we have here in South Australia. The new menu has a focus on Louisiana cuisine, which introduces some subtle French and Italian influences.

Stuffed Mushrooms - $9
To start off the meal, we tucked into some small dishes to share, including Stuffed Mushrooms, American Buffalo Wings, Mac & Cheese Balls and Southern-Fried Chicken Tenders. Stuffed with a whipped ricotta and lemon mixture, coarsely crumbed and served with a chimichurri sauce, the stuffed mushrooms were moist, crunchy and delicious.

American Buffalo Wings - $12.50
The American Buffalo Wings served with a buttermilk ranch sauce were sticky, tasty and the meat was tender - we can tell why they are such a popular menu item! Joshua explains that The Curious Squire is the only restaurant in Adelaide that cooks their chicken winglets from scratch in the deep fryer instead of steaming them before frying.

Mac & Cheese Balls (Front) - $9.5
Southern-Fried Chicken Tenders (Back) - $9
As massive fans of Mac & Cheese Balls here at OTCB, we were intrigued to see what they were like here at The Curious Squire. Chef Joshua lets the pasta sit in a bechamel sauce for two days in the fridge to enrich the flavour and help the pasta keep its shape before frying. The crumb was light and crisp, although we thought the filling could have used with a touch more seasoning to lift the flavours. The Mac & Cheese Balls were also served with a tomato and balsamic relish which was a nice touch of acidity to the rich dish. The Southern-Fried Chicken Tenders were fried in a tempura-style batter, creating an intensely crunchy exterior for the moist chicken inside.

The Curious Burger - $16
Just when we think we are getting full, three of The Curious Squire's most popular burgers are brought out for us to try, 'The Curious', 'The Mother Clucker' and 'The Happy Cow'.

Served on a soft, brioche bun from Riviera Bakery, The Curious burger is home to a 100% Angus beef patty, crispy pork belly, American cheddar cheese, coleslaw, tomato, pickles, lettuce, crispy fried onion rings and their squire sauce. Although definitely a mouthful, each component of this burger added a needed flavour or texture, and the beef patty was juicy and flavoursome. This one was definitely our favourite burger of the night!

The Mother Clucker Burger - $16
Next up was the Mother Clucker burger, showcasing the same southern-fried chicken that we had for starters, this time paired with guacamole, American cheddar cheese, bacon, chipotle mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles. This burger had a great crunchy texture from the chicken and bacon, although we thought it could've had a just a dollop more of the zesty guacamole to freshen it up a little.

The Happy Cow Burger - $14
Last but not least of the burgers, we tried the The Happy Cow which is The Curious Squire's vegetarian burger option. The combination of grilled halloumi, swiss brown mushroom, roasted butternut pumpkin, lettuce, tomato, pickled onion, aioli and chimichurri sauce created a burger full of great flavours that even the most die-hard meat eaters around the table still enjoyed. It's great to see a high quality and tasty vegetarian burger option on the menu at such a meat-centric establishment.

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork - $26

We also tasted some of the main dishes offered on The Curious Squire's new menu, including Louisiana Jambalaya and 12 Hour Smoked American Pork Ribs. However, our pick of the main meals would have to be the Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork that was hickory smoked and served with coleslaw, pickled onion, squire BBQ sauce and fries. The pulled pork was tender and although the hickory flavour was mellow, it still brought a great smokiness to the meat.

Deep-Fried Oreos Stack with Vanilla Ice Cream - $10
Staying true to the all American menu, a Deep-Fried Oreos Stack and American Buttermilk Pancakes are served up for dessert to finish off a big night of eating. Never having tried a deep fried Oreo before, we thought it might have been too sweet or oily, but we thoroughly enjoyed this indulgent and crunchy mouthful!

American Buttermilk Pancakes - $9.50 (stack of 2) or $12 (stack of 3)

The American Buttermilk Pancakes were served with a house-made hazelnut sauce (Joshua's take on Nutella) and vanilla ice cream. The buttermilk pancakes were extremely fluffy and light, just like we imagine would be served in an American diner.

After tasting just some of The Curious Squire's new and extensive American style menu, it's clear that the North Adelaide favourite is still serving up hearty, delicious meals that Adelaide has always enjoyed. It is great to see the menu evolve since OTCB's visit last year and in 2015, and we will definitely be back soon for one of their standout signature burgers!

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