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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Bite-Size Review: A Hereford Beefstouw in Adelaide

I loved dining in Adelaide. Especially during that kooky shoulder season where the Weather Gods are dithering over whether to retreat back to the acrid, UV-overkill springtime chill or hurtle forward to the acrid, UV-overkill summer scorchers. The results of this cosmic ambivalence are these climatically gorgeous 20-something-degrees-Centigrade days where one gets to dine alfresco - morning, noon and night - under bright, sunny, clear skies.   It was on one such evening when I was hankering for a good steak that my cousin introduced me to the wonderful A Hereford Beefstouw that had opened in Adelaide just a little over a year ago.  

With its origins as a renowned Danish steakhouse and outlets in cool sounding 'burbs such as Kastrup, Aarhus, and Skive, this relatively new joint on Hutt Street (aside: there also used to be an HB at Terminal One of Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok International Airport - it's now closed - and another in, of all places, Nuuk, Greenland - double aside: would love to meet the franchise development team that signed those up) has its provenance, or at least its Hereford beef supply, from South Australia.  So the local thinking is since these prized cuts are already being enjoyed by carnivorous gourmands halfway around the world, it just made good business sense to give South Ozzies their own taste of what the big fuss over their beef in Europe's all about.

Here's some of the highlights of our dinner: 

The 250g dry-aged sirloin, medium rare.
The oven-baked, lightly seasoned Hervey Bay scallops
My 300g ribeye, also medium rare
Something to offset all that red meat.
Formerly the Women’s Christian Temperance Union building,
now the site for excellent cuts and wines. 
The Adelaide menu, which features at least 10 cuts of beef.
A Hereford Beefstouw - 143 Hutt Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia Telephone +618 8232 6868

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