Review: Andre’s Cucina & Poleta Bar, Adelaide

Review: Andre’s Cucina & Poleta Bar, Adelaide

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There is something charming about the fact that every place we visit becomes a memory, a story to tell. If you look around you, you will realise that everybody is a storyteller. Everybody has a story to share, and everybody has the power to enchant. The difference I guess, is whether or not you want to harness that power and share that story.

I will always remember Andre’s Cucina as the first restaurant we went to after the big move away from Melbourne to Adelaide. It was the first time I met PZ (K’s cousin) who is now quite a dear friend. She turned up looking like a smexy lady that she is, and I felt instantly uglier and grubbier next to her. It was also my first foray into polenta and to this day, I am sadly not taken by it.

However, Andre’s Cucina serves more than just polenta. I should really point out that in fact, Andre’s Cucina serves amazing food. If I had been upset by all the good food I was leaving behind in Melbourne (And I was.) Andre’s did an amazing job in comforting me, letting me know that Adelaide does have its charms as I would soon find out myself.

The food at Andre’s is absolutely beautiful. The produce is top-notch, and the care and precision put into every dish shines through like a beacon. The flavours complement but shine through, having parties on your tongue, while you sit there enthralled by the stories Andre is telling you through his food. The service is nothing but efficient, and while the establishment is a little on the small and squishy side, it takes but just a bite to bring you into your own little private world of food bliss.

If you are in Adelaide, you should grab yourself a table at Andre’s. Sit back and let the stories roll over you. Trust me, you will be amazed by how much our little Adelaide has to tell.

Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar
94, Frome Street, Adelaide
08 8224 0004

Monday: 5.30pm – 11pm
Tuesday – Saturday: 11.30am till late
Friday & Saturday: Specific dinner seating times.

Comments

  1. Omg that does look really really good. I just had friends who came back from Adelaide complaining there’s nothing to eat but I guess they just dunno where to go!

    Are those DONUTS in the last pic? They look drool-worthy!

    Awesome food porn!!! Heehee

    • Ohhh and what r those yumgasmic looking meats? I am hungryyyy
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    • Celeste says:

      Haha, you are right. The fact is, with Adelaide you really need to know where to go. You can’t just walk along the street and hope to find something. You need a local to bring you around to all the delightful spots. Unfortunately it is this that has caused Adelaide to be quite misunderstood and given the label of “nothing good to eat”

      And yes, they are donuts. They were choc filled donuts with coffee dipping sauce, they were pretty good. I do think however that it is Andre’s savory dishes that win the day, not his sweets. The 3rd pic of the meats is Veal carpaccio with figs. Yum!

  2. All the food looks amazing! I hope I get a chance to visit here if I ever return for an Adelaide trip.
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  3. Wow, I would definitely like to try the pasta and the doughnuts! Will keep Andre’s Cucina and Polenta bar in mind. Thanks for sharing :D
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  4. Yep, definitely need to know where to go in Adelaide, and so many options available. And too many average ‘manufactured’ cafe’s.

    Andre’s Cucina is always a consistent performer. A great post, thanks Celeste.
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  5. I can’t believe I still haven’t been here. You’ve sold me – next girls night out?
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  6. Yum! Looks so good.

    I love seeing photos of meals on blogs but my other half cringes when I whip out the camera. I was wondering if others have the same issue, do you unselfconsciously whip out the DSLR or have some amazing skill with the iPhone tucked discretely in the palm of your hand?

    Keep up the great posts.
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  7. Great photos! That polenta looks awesome.
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