Louca's Seafood Restaurant - Go Fish!

Louca's Seafood - 242 Pulteney Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Arranging a Saturday night dinner out with the girls, found me (Amanda) making a booking at Louca's Seafood Restaurant.  I had not visited Louca's previously but from some google research, Louca's looked like a nice venue that offered just what we were looking for... simple seafood and meat dishes. With history in the seafood hospitality industry dating all the way back to 1853, when the Louca family opened The Parade Fish Cafe, you just know you are going to be in very safe and experienced hands.

On arrival, we were escorted to our table nearby a window overlooking the busy traffic and city lights of Pulteney Street.  The interior was warm and inviting on this winter's night and we settled in ready for a night of great chats, laughs and of course tasty food.

Chargrilled Surf & Turf Platter $55 per person (minimum 2 people)

Three of us decided to share one of the number of platter options available.  We selected the 'Chargrilled Surf and Turf' (minimum of 2 people required for the platters) so we could enjoy the best of both worlds... meat and seafood.  This platter included marinated lamb fillet, prawn skewers, chicken breast, octopus and calamari. Served with chat potatoes, Greek salad and house made sauces, it was great value for the size and quality of the platter.

Sharing with two pregnant friends who requested the lamb to be cooked well done, meant I had to have this cut of meat cooked much further than I would have liked. Luckily the lamb had a flavourful charred crust and dipped in the house made sauces helped make up for the lack of pink juicy centre.

The chargrilled prawn skewers were my favourite on the platter.  The smoky char flavours delicately infused the plump, juicy and sweet prawns creating a great flavour balance.  The chicken breast was thinly sliced and well marinated with tasty herbs retaining a moist and tender meat.  The octopus and calamari both tender and also with the moreish smoky flavour we were hoping for.  All served with well executed sides made for a filling and complete feast!

Greek Yoghurt Rosewater Pannacotta $16

We weren't sure whether we could fit in dessert but when we were whisked out a surprise to share, we couldn't get stuck in quick enough!  The 'Greek Yoghurt Rosewater Pannacotta' with strawberries, pistachio and meringue was absolutely stunning on the plate.  The presentation as well as the varied combination of flavours and textures was everything we needed in a dessert. A must try if you leave room for a sweet treat at the end of your meal.

Enjoying myself so much on this occasion had me making a return booking the weekend after with another friend.  I was keen to know if my friend of Greek heritage enjoyed Louca's as much as I did the first time, and also to try a couple more traditional dishes in the haloumi and baklava.

Grilled Haloumi $16

The 'Grilled Haloumi' served with olive oil, lemon and mint was fantastic.  Thickly sliced, providing that mouth watering contrast of crispy grilled caramelisation and soft chew centre was everything we wanted and more.  With a good squeeze of fresh lemon we were in cheese heaven.

We also shared the 'Melanzana Salata', a chargrilled eggplant dip with garlic, olive oil and lemon served with warm pita bread ($8).  Eggplant dip is one of my favourite dips and this one ticked all my boxes... creamy, smoky char flavours and well seasoned.  The pita bread served alongside was also my favourite variety of pita... a little thicker and softer compared to others that can be thin and crispy, providing me a delicious base for the moreish dip.

Chargrilled Australian Seafood $55 per person (minimum 2 people)

For main course we chose to share the 'Chargrilled Australian Seafood' consisting of prawn skewers, scallop skewers, octopus, calamari and garfish. Served with thick potato chips, Greek salad and house made sauces, we were complete!  Feeling like a delicious seafood feast, this platter was the right choice as we were able to indulge in a variety of different seafoods, all served chargrilled, which was a fresh and tasty way to enjoy this quality produce.  The delicate seafood was treated with care to ensure everything was served tender and juicy and had us pushing through the generous sized platter to ensure we didn't leave any of the melt in the mouth seafood behind. 

Baklava $9

We were so full but couldn't leave without trying the 'Baklava', which we were informed is not made onsite but hand made by Peter Louca's mum.  This excited my friend and I, as my Greek friend's mum spent an afternoon teaching us how to make her baklava and we were eager to taste another family recipe!  Layers of filo pastry wrapped in a cigar like shape was filled with almonds, walnuts, cinnamon and dosed in rosewater syrup was a wonderful end to a beautiful evening.  The pastry both crisp and with a divine chew towards the centre thanks to the chopped nuts and sticky sweet syrup, was a textural dream.  Full of great cinnamon flavour and finished with a few dollops of caramel sauce on the side, this baklava shared between two, was just enough to satisfy our sweet tooths.

Two dinners within a week and both of exceptional standards, had me excited for discovering this gem of a seafood restaurant (however late I am to the Louca's party!) and even happier when all my friends enjoyed it as much as me, so much so, one of them booking a return visit to bring her family the week after.  A great venue suitable for many occasions and a large menu offering something for everyone, I look forward to returning for the trifecta soon!

Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly: The menu is heavily seafood and meat focused but there is a chargrilled vegetarian stack and a few dips and pita bread available.
Child Friendly: Leave the kids at home and make this your date night, friend catchup or business lunch or dinner venue.

Ambiance: 5/5 - Lovely interior, warm, inviting, elegant and sophisticated with enough chatter to make for a vibrant venue.
Service: 4/5 - Great table service but seems to taper off towards the end of service, making it hard to catch someone's attention for the bill.
Food: 10/10 - Fantastic food thanks to great execution and use of good quality local seafood.

In total OTCB gives Louca's Seafood Restaurant 19/20 chops On The Chopping Board.

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