We have walked past Moonsoon at 143 O'Connell St, North Adelaide many times but never thought about dining here. It wasn't until we saw one of those dining vouchers being advertised online that we actually made the effort. If only we made the effort earlier as we were pleasantly surprised. The beautiful modern decor gives you the presumption that this place could be a little bit fancy but the truth is it's a non pretentious and warm restaurant. The owner has an eye for quality and it shows not only in the decor but also in the food.
To start we had the Cha Gio (Spring Rolls) which are deep fried egg pastry rolls of meat and vegetable filling. The crunchy exterior was delicious and the best part was they weren't oily at all. Also on the platter were the Cold Rolls. For the voucher deal they had pork instead of the regular menu options of roast duck, vegetarian or prawns. The pork was tender and also had a crispy outer and complimented the flavours of the mint and coriander very well. All the ingredients were fresh and full of crunch. We were instantly impressed.
For our mains we chose the Bo Tieu Den Dia Nong - Black Pepper Sizzling Steak with vegetables and the Kaeng Phet - Red Curry Prawns and vegetables. We decided to share dishes as like any foodie knows - you need to try everything!
The first main brought to us was the steak and instead of bringing it out on the sizzling plate the waitress placed the plate on the table then scooped the steak and the vegetables onto the sizzling plate in front of us. Dinner and a show! There was only a minimal amount of steak but that was due to the vouchers' restrictions of a smaller menu option. That didn't alter the flavours or taste. The steak was a bit chewy on the first go but the rest were soft and tender. The sauce was certainly given a kick from the pepper and helped give it the zing it needed. The vegetables were capsicum, onions, green beans and broccoli and all had that beautiful crunch.
Next was the spicy red curry prawns and this was our favourite dish out of the two mains. The flavours of the curry were very well balanced with hints of lemongrass, ginger and chilli. The fresh crunchy vegetables consisted of snow peas, capsicum, red onions, carrots, bamboo shoots and zucchini.
Although it wasn't part of the voucher we couldn't end the evening without trying something from the extensive dessert menu. With so many to choose from we asked the staff to help us. Her recommendation was the Lychee-Pom Panna Cotta. This dish had an Asian twist of lychees as well as a pomegranate gelee. What we really liked about this dessert was the beautiful red and white presentation and the taste was just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy our palates. An absolute delight!
(VP) Very Palatable
|Cha Gio (Spring Rolls)|
|Preparing the sizzling steak|
|Bo Tieu Den Dia Nong - Black Pepper Sizzling Steak with vegetables|
|Kaeng Phet - Red Curry Prawns and vegetables|
|Lychee-Pom Panna Cotta|