ADELAIDE | ORSO is a modern Italian restaurant owned by Masterchef season one finalist Andre Ursini, with a kitchen headed up by Will Doak. When I visited I opted for the chefs tasting menu, and had a very delicious experience.
The scene was set with the Oritz anchovy and boquerón with pickled lemon, bone marrow butter, and gremolata, and followed by a seasonal highlight of whipped ricotta with ox heart tomato, new season figs, rhubarb vinegar, and Thai basil.
Next, unctuous tiger prawns with njuda and lime butter, and lardo, then brilliant gnocchi with goat’s curd, zucchini, lemon chilli, and garlic. After this it was the ‘main’ trio of market fish with calamari, crispy fried potatoes with aioli, and baby cos lettuce with buttermilk dressing and fine herbs.
To finish, one of the best desserts I’ve enjoyed in a while. It’s the chocolate bonet (a Northern Italian custard, creme type dessert) with rum toffee and chocolate sorbet. Wonderful texture and a rich cocoa flavour.
I really couldn’t fault a thing. A real focus on seasonality and what’s fresh and local. Light, balanced, and delicious. I also appreciated the bread that was provided, given the wonderful sauces in my plates that demanded to be mopped up with bread rather than wasted.
36 Kensington Road
South Australia 5067
Tue – Thu: 12:00pm to 2:30pm; 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Fri – Sat: 12:00pm to 2:30pm; 5:30pm to 11:30pm
Sun: 12:00pm to 4:00pm