If you’re looking for a sophisticated late night supper venue in the city, then look no further than the Propaganda Club in Grenfell Street, Adelaide.
To access the club, enter off Grenfell Street, in between Regent and Adelaide Arcades. Head downstairs, and check out the stunning chandelier on the way down!
There are three main areas, the Soho Lounge, the Sidecar bar and the Manhattan Room.
I love the interior, with a glamorous old-world vibe; parquetry flooring, stunning chandeliers, velvet booths, dark wood with off-white walls, crystal lamps and granite table tops. Everything screams glamour.
I was invited to experience The Propaganda Club. We started with a cocktail; a vodka espresso for me and a morning glory fizz (scotch, lemon, lime, absinthe) for my husband.
Executive Chef James Lawrie, formerly of Hill of Grace and Windy Point, has structured the local menu into ‘plates’: appetisers/snacks, small plates, large plates and sweet plates. And as something quite decadent, you can also order Giaveri Siberian caviar (at $195 a serve!).
A small bowl of mixed olives and caraway seed ciabatta were provided first. The bread was so soft in the middle with a crunchy crust, served with real butter and cornichons.
The first small plate to come out was the steak tartare. It’s not something I would normally order but it’s definitely different to the standard restaurant fare. It was served with light crunchy toast, a gooey quail egg, revealed from under the speckled eggshell. Made with steak from the Murraylands, I was impressed with the combination of flavours, including cornichons, capers, mustard and smoked paprika, which gave a slight hint of spiciness.
Next was a beetroot salad with roast beetroot (red and yellow), beetroot puree, Persian feta, roasted cherry tomatoes and onion, heirloom carrots and thin slices of radish. A visually beautiful dish with contrasting flavours and textures. The roast beetroot was sweet and earthy and the feta melted in the mouth. This was our favourite dish of the night.
In addition to the complimentary dishes we also ordered a small plate of roast pork belly, which was served with charred onion, cucumber, cauliflower puree and a piece of crackling. My husband thought it was one of the best pieces of pork belly he’s had in a long time. The crackling was wafer-thin, which isn’t usually our preferred style but it completed the dish perfectly.
The service was excellent and Millie, the Chef de Patisserie (pastry chef), came out to speak with us about our meals and answer any questions. She was incredibly friendly and happy to discuss any aspect of their work.
The plates are designed to be shared and the serving sizes bear that out; although we didn’t try the large plates on this occasion, just a few small plates were more than enough for two people.
We thoroughly enjoyed our food at The Propaganda Club and look forward to returning to try more of the menu. With the kitchen open until the wee hours, don’t hesitate to pop in one night or morning!