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“Food great service average”
Review of Red Ochre

Red Ochre
Ranked #75 of 1,811 Restaurants in Adelaide
Price range: USD 16 - USD 46
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Red Ochre Grill restaurant enjoys one of Adelaide’s best city locations. Literally sitting on the water the restaurant has beautiful river views and wonderful night time city views from every seat in the restaurant. The restaurant is a 10 minute walk along the River Torrens from the Adelaide Festival Centre and or 10 minutes cab ride from any city hotel. Additionally there is ample free parking. The Red Ochre Grill is a spacious stylish contemporary room and our approach to service is professional and informed without being stuffy.
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Firstly the food was excellent. Our table was right next to the POS system where the staff congregated and were tapping away all night. - not good when you are trying to have a romantic dinner for 2. Our waiter did not know anything about wines and could not recommend any wine. She could have offered a splash in a glass for my wife to try but no. Our salad was forgotten until reminded. The next table were asked how their meals were going in ear shot of us, but we weren't asked. The main course folk had to be obtained from an empty table next to us. we asked for flat water and it never arrived. Otherwise as I said, the food was excellent.

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Thank androo1
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

After reading all the great reviews we thought we would try Red Ochre for our wedding anniversary. When we arrived we were standing around awkwardly whilst waiters rushed passed waiting for someone to greet us and be seated.

Our meals got off to a great start, the crocodile ribs and pork belly entrees were delicious, generous and perfectly cooked.

After a long wait our mains appeared which were kangaroo and lamb. This is where the disappointment set in. My husbands kangaroo was stone cold. We felt uncomfortable about sending it back particularly as not one of the waiters flitting around made eye contact or checked if our meals were Ok which you expect in a fine dining restaurant. My husband through the flavor was good the kangaroo was obviously left to rest far too long.

I ordered the char grilled with a chickpea falafel, pearl barley tabouleh, Rivermint yoghurt & pomegranate jus. The lamb was cooked well but the cardboard like falafel sitting underneath soaked up all the juice making the dish dry and lackluster. The yoghurt and pearl barley tabouleh worked well together but there was not enough yoghurt to make up for all the dryness. The pomegranate jus was simply a decorative swirl adding nothing to the dish.

When the waiter collected our meals he asked how they were and My husband told him his meal was cold. The waiter was very apologetic and said if he had known he would have replaced it. He offered complimentary desserts to make up for it.

We ordered the rhubarb crumble and chocolate pave. Our chosen desserts arrived with additional dessert cups saying Happy Anniversary. This was a nice touch but had we known they were going to get them we probably wouldn't have ordered dessert as it was too much food.

When we requested the bill we noticed we had been charged for the desserts we had ordered. We were quite surprised by this given the waiter had offered us complimentary dessert.

Not wanting to make a fuss, we paid our bill. The waiter who had offered the dessert took our payment and apologised again for the cold kangaroo when he handed us our change.

Unfortunately we would be reluctant to try Red Ochre again. The service was subpar, the mains were average and certainly not worth the bill of over $200 for two people.

Red Ochre is in a great spot, with a nice view of the river and city, their entrees fantastic. It's a shame that we had such a poor experience and I hope they can take on our comments to avoid disappointment for other customers who in most cases would also be celebrating a special occasion.

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Thank MillsandTumble
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

A top end establishment with reasonable food prices seems a contradiction in terms, but this is what you get with the Red Ochre.
The Australian themed food is simply superb, and the staff excellent – attentive without being annoying.
This restaurant is a participant in the Festival of Food, a free app which gives a reduced cost 3 course meal in about 6 different participating Adelaide restaurants, so ask when you book whether it is ‘on’ at that time, and what is the menu offered for that. Basically this gives 2 ½ courses for the price of 1 course.
The menu changes frequently, but the crocodile seems to remain, and is excellent. It is usually an entrée, but you can ask for it as a main.
Wines are relatively expensive.
Two tips.
1. Ask for a parking validation from the restaurant on arrival, so you get free parking.
2. Unless you want to pay over $8 for fancy water, ask for ‘tap’ water when offered ‘still or sparkling’.
This restaurant is upstairs, above a different bistro-style restaurant, so it may be a little hard to see (go in the entrance and go up the stairs).
This is an excellent place for a romantic night out, or with a small group of friends. Not really the type of place to take young children.

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Thank Ian B
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Not your usual quick nosh joint loaded with chips to fill you up, no this establishment is a welcome place of fine dining. Everything was done under the meticulous watchful eye of the matre di, was surprised that they accepted the entertainment card but it saved $70.00 of the bill of $364.00, good value. My wife is somewhat of a spaghetti seafood expert and she described her Dish as delicious, I had lamb shanks which were as equally delicious. Now your going to pay somewhat for the wines but you have some cracking choices. Well worth a visit and ideal for any special occasions. Also we let them know we had a baby in a pram with us and it was no problem, love that can do attitude.

Thank Ian H
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Australias long standing fascination with and willingness to embrace its unique “bushfood” ingredients can be traced back to the arrival of the first European explorers and settlers.
And still despite numerous fads and periods of popularity “bushfoods” have never managed to successfully make the leap into mainstream acceptance and usage within the restaurant industry or our daily diets. The mid eighties saw Rowntrees, Ripberries and Edna’s Table all open to critical acclaim and relative success in Sydney.
In the 1992 following the success of his first bushfood venture “Wild Foods” chef Andrew Fielke conceived and opened Red Ochre Grill in Adelaide whilst at the same time establishing Australian Native Produce Industries, a production company which gathered and supplied a broad range of bushfoods for commercial and domestic use. Today restaurants such as Bishop Sessa, Birri Birri, Billy Kwongs and Bentleigh Restaurant in Sydney and the excellent Gardeners Lodge Cafe in Camperdown Victoria as well as numerous pop up eateries by indigenous chef Clayton Donovan and the catering of Mark Olives company Black Olive continue to expand on the usage of bushfoods within the pantheon of modern Australian Cuisine.
Twenty five years on having gone through several changes of ownership and kitchen management Red Ochre Grill stands as Australias longest running bushfood restaurant.
The restaurant itself occupies an open and light filled space perched above sister restaurant “River Cafe” on the banks of the Torrens River (Karrawirra Parri) with sweeping views of both the city and surrounding parklands. The interior is comfortably appointed but is looking a little tired, old and worn without having that “retro” groove. It could benefit greatly from a refurbishment to both clean it up bring it up to date with contemporary design standards.
The food here however is the star of the show with the menu offering great combinations utilizing bushfood ingredients and local produce. All dishes are prepared with care and a respectful understanding for balance which ensures the dishes at Red Ochre Grill offer excellent depth and range of flavours without the final product becoming muddied in too many influences. Presentation of the dishes has also been well thought through with the foods presentation reflecting modern plating techniques whilst recognising classical dictums.
The beverage list is extensive and offers an excellent range of local and imported wines, beers and spirits with an understanding nod to the many fine wines produced in South Australia.
The overall experience at Red Ochre Grill is pleasant and enjoyable, though the wait staff could benefit from some communication with regard to who has visited which tables and offered what.
Pricing is reasonable and the food is flavoursome and enjoyable.
Red Ochre Grill is well worth visiting .

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Thank Discerning-Dinning
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