Pirie Street has always seemed to be one of those streets in the Adelaide CBD where cultures and cuisines from around the world collide in a beautiful and inclusive manner. The latest to join the Pirie Street family is a French restaurant with an equally fitting name - La Provence. Tempting Palates was invited to the launch where we had a glimpse of this new French restaurant in town.
Owned by power couple Tarik Marco and Sandrine Maltret, La Provence brings together elements from the well-loved Le Mistral in Wilunga and provides customers with a more vibrant and bustling atmosphere in the heart of Adelaide. With a capacity of feeding up to 250 diners across two levels, La Provence is set to revolutionize the art of French cuisine through the talents of head chef Chris Matuhina.
Going for the “contemporary” theme, the food and drink available here is made fresh, using ingredients that are sourced locally from Adelaide and its surrounding suburbs.
The menu is well decorated with meals that are bursting with flavours from southern France and offer customers with the opportunity to enjoy food that is not only pleasing on the palate, but also incorporates a combination of simple ingredients, herbs, and spices to provide for a scintillating and authentic culinary experience. While the items on the menu may appear to be quite confronting to some, La Provence dares to be bold and creative with their options - think of snails that are cooked in garlic butter, beautiful oysters, duck canapes and mushrooms with a dollop of pesto.
La Provence takes pride in letting their food “sing on the plate”, by serving up the simple and tastebud-tingling ingredients together as a dish - all using local South Australian produce. Of course, no French restaurant is complete without a selection of the finest cheese and dessert, and rest assured that La Provence will have you covered on these bases.
Boasting of a relaxed and classy appearance, it won’t be long before La Provence becomes the top spot for friends and loved ones to plan and attend a lavish banquet at an affordable rate. While we have only skimmed through the menu, we at Tempting Palates cannot wait to be back and splurge on the other dishes that are on offer.
Where: La Provence 125 Pirie Street, Adelaide
Open: Monday - Friday 12:00 - 3:00pm, Monday - Saturday 6:00pm - late
Words by Fatema Sitabkhan
Photos by Tempting Palates