Waymouth Street in Adelaide is lined with dozens of restaurants. Amongst the sea of restaurant options is a number of prolific standouts, one of which is Press Food & Wine. Drawing its namesake from its address which previous tenant was a printing house, Press Food & Wine is bright and airy and casual. Serving modern Australian cuisine all-day, in small plates, the restaurant highlights locally sourced produce.
We popped by for a mid-afternoon bite, and ended up ordering a lot more than we'd originally planned. The menu's decidedly limited, and while it isn't the most exciting or inventive of foods, I liked it for its simplicity and light touch to fresh ingredients.
The Beef Carpaccio (A$22) was exquisite. The beef was a lot less full-bodied than I'd expected, but its surprisingly delicate taste was well complemented by the truffled pecorino, aioli, baby cress, lemon drizzle, and radish.
A must-try, the Asparagus (A$18), the spears and shaved curls a contrast in textures, both wonderfully smoky and crunchy, was draped over cauliflower puree, speckled with broad beans and showered with an emulsion of burnt butter and lemon, was smashing.
The beautiful charring of the Wood-Grilled Squid (A$23) brought out the smoky heat of the chipotle aioli. Absolutely sensational and another must-order.
The Fish of the Day (A$35), a Pan-Seared Barramundi, was set on a spring pea and pipis broth. That broth, brimming with the sweetness of the shellfish, was scrumptious; we asked for extra bread and mopped it up.
Yup, this crusty bread, piping hot fresh out of the oven.
The restaurant facade for reference.
Press Food & Wine
40 Waymouth St
Tel: (08) 8211 8048
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 12noon to 10pm;
Closed on Sundays