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“Great food and friendly staff in opulent surroundings”

The Playford Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 1,655 Restaurants in Adelaide
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The award-winning Playford Restaurant offers innovative world-class cuisine. Open for breakfast and for dinner, through professional yet unobtrusive service our aim is to deliver a highly personalised guest experience in keeping with the hotel's philosophy of a home away from home. Here we believe that fine food should be good for you and therefore uses organic, bio-dynamic and free range produce wherever possible, with no genetically modified foods. The buffet breakfast showcases an extensive array of local and exotic fruits, breads and traditional hot breakfast accompaniments and dinner incorporates the best of high quality South Australian ingredients teamed with a boutique wine list. Recent accolades include "Best Restaurant - Accommodation Division" at the Australian Hotel's Association Awards 2015 with induction into the Hall of Fame, "Best Restaurant in a Hotel" at the South Australian Restaurant and Catering Awards 2015 and "Two Glass Winner" Gourmet Traveller Wine List of the Year Awards 2015.
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

It was a girl's dinner, and a first visit for me though my friends had been here before. It's an easy place to get to on the train. tram or bus. And if you're driving, the complimentary hotel car park for the duration of your meal is a fantastic bonus.

The restaurant is small, with an Art Deco opulence, but was not particularly intimate. The service was good with knowledgeable and friendly staff. We availed ourselves of the Festival of Food offer of a tasting plate of 3 entrees, a main of your choice and petit fours. Sides and dessert was extra. This offers fantastic value.

Bread, Entrees, mains, dessert (we couldn't resist, and strove to stuff ourselves just a little bit more and forgo coffee!) and petit fours were beautifully presented.

The poultry-themed entrees presented interesting contrasting textures - a deep fried quail's egg, a small bottle of chicken Caesar salad and a slice of chicken terrine topped with crispy chicken skin. The bottle of salad looked lovely, it was a bit of a challenge to eat.

I chose the duck pie with mushrooms to match the wintry, rainy night and was delighted. The pastry was slightly soggy on the bottom of of the golden round, but the duck and mushrooms were bathed in a decadently rich sauce. The lightly dressed salad of baby leaves, micro herbs and citrusy orange segments were a beautiful accompaniment, offsetting the very rich duck and mushrooms. This was a heavenly pairing.

Dessert was a choco plate that I couldn't pass on - with mousse, ice cream and a lava cake. Mmmm..mmm. Yum.

Would we return? Definitely for future Festival of Food offers, and otherwise when the budget permits.

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Reviewed 1 August 2017

The degustation meal was interesting with excellent presentation but the food was slightly lacking in flavour. Not bad at all but I was expecting a bit more for a restaurant of this calibre with a high rating.
The staff were very friendly though.

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Reviewed 30 July 2017

We were staying at the hotel for 4 days & we enjoyed the breakfast every morning. I particularly loved the omelettes. The restaurant is only small so it does get busy at certain times especially around peak times.

We also enjoyed a lovely evening meal & found the food to be excellent. The staff were friendly & efficient. Highly recommend this restaurant for breakfast.

The Interesting art nouveau ambience certainly adds a warm atmosphere & is a pleasure to dine in such a classical boutique style restaurant.

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1  Thank Ellemay
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

Wow, came back to this restaurant after a previous great meal and chose their 7 course ‘Artisan Food and Wine’ tasting menu. It was both art and food on a plate. I couldn't fault any of the dishes and enjoyed each one on its own merits. The wine list is extensive and the service only added to the evening.
The restaurant is set in a modernised traditional setting and we were also fortunate to have a window seat to be able to look over the busy North Terrace and Railway Station activities.
This is a do yourself a favour dining experience and I know that I will be back.

Thank Pathfinder101
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Reviewed 24 July 2017

Dined at The Playford with some foodie friends as part of the Adelaide Festival of Food. It is a great way to try out new places and a variety of dishes in the one go. The entree was an interesting collection of quail egg, chicken caesar in a jar and chicken terrine. A novel and tasty idea. I had the kangaroo for main and it was delicious!! My friend's chose the barramundi, which was also very tasty, and the lamb, tasted good but the olive tapenade was a large pile of chopped of olives and overpowered the other flavours. The Playford is a stunning hotel with fancy interior making you feel very decadent in your dining.

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Thank Michelle B
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