The weather this time of year is a delicate glorious balance of hot and cool – hot afternoons and cool evenings. Cafes and restaurants with outdoor dining are the perfect venues to duck out of air-conditioned offices for a quick spot of lunch in the city.
The SO had to spend a couple of days in Adelaide, so we caught up for lunch at Alimentari before he had to catch the airport train for his flight.
Now I’m a little confused – someone argued that Alimentari should be pronounced “Elementary”, but I’ve always been under the impression it should be pronounced “Ali-ment-TA-ree”. How would you pronounce it?
Alimentari‘s space is long, with more intimate ‘private’ dining at the back, but I think it’s their al fresco seating alongside their shop space that will be most popular as we get closer to the Christmas party season. Inside, I didn’t find the sawhorse style wooden chairs terribly comfortable, but when you’re eating and dashing, that doesn’t normally matter.
My choice of gnocchi comes in two variations – a tomato base and a cheese base. I went with the cheese sauce and instantly regretted it. The weather was warm and I was trying to go easy on the hips, so why did I choose the more sinful option?
So it was with a sense of guilt that I tackled the dish and it certainly didn’t help its cause when it arrived. For one, it smelt amazingly rich and the first bite confirmed its decadence. Save the tall sprig of bright green parsley, the plate was a homage of pale cream. While I would’ve preferred the bite of a touch of blue cheese (cuz that’s how I roll), I did enjoy the fluffy firm gnocchi.
The SO surprised me by going with the lamb salad. He’s normally not a salad person, but given he visits Alimentari more often than I do, it must be pretty good.
Note: I’ve heard on the grapevine that since we had lunch there, Alimentari has changed owners and none of the existing staff work there now, so expect changes to the menu and service.