The Paradise Hotel has recently undergone a multi million dollar revamp and with the new modern look comes the beautiful European inspired menu by Head Chef, Matthew de Cean, and Executive GM Hotel Chef, Chris Wotton. Tempting Palates were lucky enough to be invited to go on a very generous culinary journey through Europe on a warm summers night thanks to the lovely ladies at Girl About Town.
We were started off with a cured meat platter to share, followed by some shaved porchetta served on a warm flat bread. We especially loved the porchetta, sprinkled with olive oil and parsley on that delicious warm flat bread.
Next, we had a plate of SA coconut prawn cutlets that came with a spicy, Asian inspired dip. The fried coconut batter around the soft prawn meat was simply delicious and we love a little bit of a kick so made sure to use up all of the dip too!
After Italian and Asian inspired food, we were off on a journey to Greece being served a Greek Lamb Salad along with a plate of Haloumi fries.
The lamb was cooked to perfection and the juices of the meat infused the Greek salad with some extra flavours. Delicious! Needless to say the Haloumi fries went perfectly with the Greek salad and they were addictive, too! Slightly on the salty side but we simply could not get enough of them.
Next, we were served a mini vegetable parmigiana. It was a soft and sweet pumpkin fillet battered and fried topped with tomato and cheese. Nice flavours and very filling. What a great vegetarian alternative!
As you can imagine we were pretty stuffed at this point but the star of the night was just about to be served to us; the signature dish of the Seafood Platter! Wow! It looked stunning and was full of seafood delights like local Blue Swimmer Crab, fresh SA King Prawns, Smoked Salmon, Natural Oysters, Grilled Half Shelled Oysters, Crispy Fried Squid, Ale Battered Flathead served with chips, lemon, tartare and seafood sauce.
We were literally in seafood heaven and what a way to finish off the savoury part of our culinary journey! Yes, there still was one more dish to be served but hey, there is always room for dessert, right?!
To finish off the evening, we were served a Vanilla bean Pannacotta with Crushed Cherries and Roasted Almonds. We felt like we had travelled all over Europe and were now seated at Nonnas table serving us up her homemade pannacotta. We especially loved the addition of the roasted almonds which gave this dessert a crunchy texture to the soft pannacotta and cherries.
The new menu features a variety of modern dishes but still caters for those who enjoy a good old fashion pub meal, have dietary requirements including multiple gluten free and vegetarian options.
Head Chef, Matthew de Cean says, “Our vision was to create an irresistible variety of mouth-watering dishes utilising the best local produce. We’re confident there’s a dish to please every member of the family."
We don't usually venture out to the northeastern suburbs much but The Paradise Hotel has just made us change our ways. We cannot wait to come back for some suburban Paradise!
Where: The Paradise Hotel, 700 Lower North East Rd, Paradise, South Australia.
Open: Monday - Sunday open from 11:30 am - late. Lunch 11:30 am -3:30 pm and dinner 5.30 pm -9:30 pm.