Tempting Palates were invited to the “manifique” menu launch at the French-Vietnamese Restaurant Cliché at 26 O'Connell St, North Adelaide. They have recently added more Vietnamese inspired dishes to the already amazing menu. Cliché is not only an eatery but also an Art Gallery gracing the walls of the restaurant with French inspired artwork. A lovely ode to Paris is the feature wall inside the restaurant where you can put your own lock with a message for your loved one. How romantic?!
The evening started with three Entrée Share Plates of Safran Ca, Porc Me, and Cubique de l’Agneau. The standout dish for us was the Safran Ca which is marinated fish with that beautiful creamy coconut saffron dill sauce. Is it okay to lick plates in public? Because that is what we wanted to do!
The crunchy sweet, Porc Me with crispy pork belly, caramelized nahm jim with peanut & crispy shallot.
The Cubique de l’Agneau – pulled lamb shank with sugar snap peas & a chervil lamb reduction on potato purée is deceiving with its small package but there's plenty of lamb in this piece!
For Mains we were served Ngon Porc, Cheeky Beef, Cai Bap Crevette and Bardot’s Rump. There were so many flavours that tempted our palates from spicy to buttery as well as perfectly cooked meat. All the main dishes really showcased the flavours of both, France and Vietnam.
Our favourite the tender Cheeky Beef – slow braised beef cheek with burnt onion aioli, saffron eschalot & crispy kale.
Cai Bap Crevette – prawn cabbage roll with a tomato coconut bisque had a slightly spicy, creamy sauce with lovely Vietnamese flavours.
Bardot’s Rump – 300gm lamb rump on white bean salad, carrot purée & sautéed silverbeet with lamb juis.
As a side we were served the Fat Potatoes. You had as at duck fat! These roasted kipfler potatoes – seriously delicious!
Last but not least we sampled three of their beautiful desserts. They all looked stunning and their taste did not disappoint either. As it was a warm day, our favourite of the night was the refreshing Vacherin with Passionfruit meringue, Raspberry Sorbet, Salted Caramel Ice Cream and crumble. Full of fruity flavours and that warm crumble - it just made us want more. This one was on the Specials board.
The Lemon Curd Soufflé is an all-time French favourite.
And for the chocolate lovers there was the Gateau au Chocolat – chocolate mousse layer cake with raspberry jelly, dark chocolate ganache, berry compote and raspberry sorbet.
We love Cliché! We loved it before and we love it even more now with the addition of more Vietnamese dishes. The food, the atmosphere and the staff deliver a dining experience that takes you on a culinary journey through France and Vietnam all in the heart of North Adelaide.
Website: Cliche Exhibition