The Sussex Hotel - Menu Tasting

The Sussex Hotel - 68 Walkerville Terrace, WALKERVILLE SA 5081

I (Dani) have always been a big fan of the classic ‘gastropub’. Sometimes it can be difficult to pin down a mood or a craving (especially when a decision needs to be made quickly) and often large groups can contain such a variance in ages, dietary requirements and general preferences, that co-ordinating an evening out can be a military-level task. Yet hidden in our suburbs there are quality, upscale feeds being served in stylish surrounds, but if the kids just want some chips and nuggets on the side you just have to ask the friendly staff.

The Sussex Hotel in Walkerville has been around for a while - a LONG while. Established 175 years ago, it is one of the three original art deco pubs remaining in Adelaide. Recently renovated, the white building gleams impressively from the corner of the Walkerville and Stephen terraces. We walk through the doors to find a warm, welcoming ambience and unpretentious atmosphere inside.

The bar at the Sussex Hotel

The decor has been kept tasteful, though it definitely has a subtle, funky modernity. Lush jungle wallpaper lines the main bar area and gleaming copper taps behind the dark wooded bar offer a large range of local craft beers and ciders. A few cosy, candle-lit tables are tucked into the edges of the room and would make a cute place for a laid-back date, but we choose to sit out in the relaxed, open dining area.

The Sussex’s menu is expansive and offers classic pub favourites such as schnitzels, burgers, steak from the grill, through to an array of more innovative offerings from the ‘modern mains’ selection. To begin a meal, or to share, there are also small plates ‘for the table’, which includes garlic bread, buffalo chicken wings, eggplant fries and tuna ceviche. All food and beverages were provided on behalf of The Sussex Hotel.

Chargrilled prawns with spiced mango chutney $12

We start our meal with an entree of deliciously smoky chargrilled prawns. There is quite a large serving for the price and the prawns are just cooked through and delightfully tender. The mango chutney is house-made and thick with pieces of fruit. We agree a squeeze of lime would have added a welcome zest, but the salty soy glaze on the juicy prawns creates a flavoursome blend with the sweet-sour flavours of the chutney.

Paroo Kangaroo with Mashed Potato, Market Salad & Red Wine Jus $29

Paroo kangaroo is Australia’s only premium brand of kangaroo meat and we were keen to try it fresh from the grill. The lean and tasty meat is cooked, as requested, to a tender medium and has a thick pink centre and well-charred sides. The mashed potatoes are fluffy and buttery without being too oily, and the crispy salad leaves help to lighten up the plate.

Pan-Fried Atlantic Salmon $29

The Asian-inspired salmon main has a well-sized piece of moist, juicy salmon with a golden, crispy skin. It is served on a mash of vivid green edamame beans, which have a nice textural consistency and nutty, buttery flavour. The additions of a salty soy reduction, spicy sriracha sauce and pickled ginger balances the rich fish with a spicy tartness.

Cheese Plate for two people $20

After dinner we still have plenty to chat about and decide to linger over a cheese platter (locally sourced selection of cheeses, quince paste, walnuts, pear and lavosh) as we sip a Hentley Farm Villain & Vixen Shiraz. The impressive spread, which arrives at the table is thoughtfully arranged and includes a large selection of nutty cheddar, smooth comte, tangy blue and soft brie cheeses. An assorted array of salty and sweet accompaniments, including strawberries, nuts, quince paste and crisp lavosh, is artfully scattered between the wedges.

In all we were really impressed with The Sussex’s service and food. Their menu offers a broad selection of cleverly crafted meals, which are refreshingly affordable. There is plenty of space for groups to wine, dine and relax in the casual bistro environment and we are keen to check out their beer garden once the weather starts to warm in spring.

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