The Adelaide List just made eating out so much easier. Before we decided to come up with the list, deciding on a place to go for dinner was just a painful, painful task. Half the time we can’t remember what were the places we always wanted to try, and the other half of the time, we end up eating at the same old places. And at those same old places, we always eat the same old thing. With the list, we’ve suddenly got options. Some times too many.
Anyway, when Sash’s friend from out-of-town came over to Adelaide. We decided upon The Pot for dinner. I called up the place, I wasn’t sure how long they open for, but the lady on the phone reassured me that they would still be serving dinner at 9.00pm.
The concept of the place is sharing is caring! No, not really. But, the food concept does seem like it is meant to be shared with the rest of the table. The portions of the food was well thought. We had enough so that everyone could have a little bit of everything, at the same time filling us up. Maybe filling us up a bit too much. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to get out of my seat.
We got a slow roasted Hay Valley lamb which came with macaroni & cheese, blue swimmer crab with chilli & tomato hand cut pappardelle, Pot’s roast Berkshire pork belly with condiments (meant for 2), and a peanut butter parfait, salted caramel, chocolate sorbet & peanut brittle for dessert.
The waitress that served us informed us that the Berkshire pork belly would take at least 20 minutes to prepare and cook, so she suggested that they could serve up the blue swimmer crab pasta first, and the rest of the food would be served together with the pork belly. We agreed.
The blue swimmer crab was delicious. When everyone took their allotted portion, I was scraping the empty bowl with my spoon for what remnants of sauce that might be left. The chilli added a little punch to the dish, but to me, it wasn’t spicy at all. Its presence merely added another level of flavour to everything else. We all agreed that this dish was scrumptious, but we also agreed that we were not able to locate the blue swimmer crab.
Next up came the lamb and the mac & cheese. The lamb went well with the mac & cheese. But we enjoyed the lamb more than the mac & cheese. The lamb was soft and tender. Being slow roasted, meant that all the flavour had slowly infused into the meat. We enjoyed every single morsel of it.
The Berkshire pork belly, my friend, is a must-have. If you ever visit The Pot, this is something that everyone should try. The menu said that this dish was meant for 2, but really, I think it’s meant for more. Even with the 4 of us, we struggled to finish it, so we brought the leftovers home. The skin was crackled perfectly, so crisp and crunchy. The pork belly itself was so soft, every single morsel of it seemed to just melt in your mouth. You know, I’ve never really understood how meat could ‘melt’ in your mouth, it’s not ice cream. But this! It totally changed my perception of things and helped me understand this ‘melt in your mouth’ statement.
Just when we thought that the food just simply couldn’t have been better, dessert came. We only ordered one to be shared amongst four, because we were stuffed. Wrong decision. There was just enough for each of us to get about 2 mouthfuls each, and then we were fighting over the crumbs. OMG. It was heavenly. When Sash turned to her friend and asked he thought about the dessert, he slowly placed his spoon down and sang ‘Hallelujah’ just like how TV shows use the chorus-of-angels effect to signify something heavenly. Just that one word, was his response. I kid you not. Who would have thought that the dessert would outshine the rest of the gratifying food we already had. And this place isn’t even known for their desserts? We agreed that we would definitely return to The Pot just for that one dessert. This delightful little thing.
The Pot also serves breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays. I’ve taken a peek at their breakfast menu on their website, and it sounds absolutely delish. Already made plans to return for their breakfast! They also have last friday of the month luncheons, which you can check out on their website here. They have food themes every month, and they sound pretty good!