A little further East along Waymouth Street from Press Food & Wine, is another well-known name, Bistro Dom. Serving modern European cuisine, the galley of a restaurant is low-lit and swash in black hues, projecting a romantic but relaxed vibe. Food was a bit of a mixed bag, but my issue was really with the less-than-fresh produce, and not inept cooking.
The dinner started off superbly with the South Australia Gulf Prawns (A$23.50), dusted with paprika salt and grilled to a smoky succulence. Its pairing with a refreshing white gazpacho, and muscatel grapes provided balance, while jamon nubbins lent a meaty saltiness.
The Suquet (A$38), a Catalan-style seafood soup awash with shellfish was seasoned with saffron and garlic picada. The soup was overwhelmingly saccharine, and the mussels were less than sparkling fresh.
The Confit of Duck (A$38) was a medley of duck done two ways - pulled duck swaddled in hamlets bacon, and a roasted duck breast. Fermented purple cabbage, and a sticky-sweet mango-nectarine compote lent a honeyed piquancy. This was a half-and-half, the pulled duck was sumptuous, but the duck breast was middling.
Sesame Seed Multigrain that went very well with the house-churned butter.
The amuse bouche of a fantastic cheese arancini and olives to whet the appetite.
The restaurant front
Bistro Dom on Waymouth
24 Waymouth Street, Shop No. 1
Adelaide South Australia SA 5000
Tel: +61 8 8231 7000
Open for lunch from Wednesday to Friday from 11.30am to 3.30pm;
Dinner from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 6pm to 12midnight;
Closed on Sundays and Mondays