Flipping through the Entertainment Book the other day and going through places we haven't tried, Picadilly Restaurant at Mount Lofty House caught our eye. We thought Mount Lofty House would be beautiful and to be seated at the restaurant overlooking such a wonderful landscape would make the whole experience much more beautiful. They boast fine quality organic produce that is local and sustainable. It sounded promising so we booked a table on a week night.
Upon arriving we discovered that the Picadilly Restaurant downstairs (yes, where you get the breathtaking views) was closed for renovation so dining was to take place upstairs in Hardy's Private Dining room. The place looked cold and empty, with not a single soul in sight from the moment we entered the front door, while we walked around rather lost looking for this dining room until we actually got to the dining room. It's a beautiful heritage house with furniture from that era to suit but it did feel a little bit creepy with the silence and seeming absence of life!
We eventually found our way to the dining room through sounds of clanging pots, plates and cutlery. Service was good once we got there and consistent throughout the night.
We started with Braised pork belly with parsnip puree and apple salad $19. The pork belly had good flavour and went well with the apple salad but was the meat itself was a little bit dry.
Duck done two ways $20 - Shredded duck with a dark cherry sauce and house tea-smoked duck breast fillet. The tea smoked duck hardly had any smoked flavour and was rather bland. The shredded duck was okay but nothing to write home about.
After an average start we were hoping for fantastic main meals. I ordered the Crispy skin salmon with potato stack and broccolini $36. I don't often order salmon as I'm a huge meat person but I wasn't in the mood for steak so I went for salmon as I don't often cook it at home. The potato stack was like a German potato salad with seeded mustard and lovely flavours. It was however cold. I'm not sure if it was meant to be served that way. The salmon was a big disappointment. It was overcooked, definitely overcooked all the way through! The skin wasn't really crispy and the salmon was very fishy. I doubted the freshness of the salmon.
Mr. Foodie's main sounded promising. Venison Pie - slow cooked Hahndorf venison pie with Barossa smoked speck served on a bed of mash $36. You would think it impossible for a pie filling to be dry but they managed to do just that. It was dry, cold and bland. It was as though it had been reduced to no liquid and then left out with the lid off overnight. If the venison wasn't fresh, too bad, if it was, what a shame to ruin such beautiful gamey meat. At $36 for each main we were severely disappointed and I wasted my calories on it!!
Overall, it was an expensive disappointing experience with overpriced mains that do not deliver. I wouldn't even buy a pie like that from the pie shop let alone pay $36 for it. The menu sounded good but the food that came out didn't meet the mark.
Mount Lofty House74 Summit Road
08 8339 6777