New Restaurant And Bar: Inside The Den, The City’s Seriously Stylish New Bistro

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We may only be a couple of days into 2019, but Adelaide has already welcomed its newest venue.

Located right in the heart of town at the Mayfair Hotel, The Den is a casual bistro with all-day dining, top quality food and drink, and a seriously stylish fit-out.

It’s the third venue for the inner city boutique hotel, joining chic rooftop bar Hennessy, and the upmarket Mayflower Restaurant.

Photo: Meaghan Coles

Photo: Meaghan Coles

Head down the sweeping staircase from reception and you won’t be able to miss it, sitting just outside Mayflower.

The space has been given a luxurious fit-out, a contemporary take on the hotel’s glamorous art deco styling. Darker tones are lifted by a dramatic mirror-tiled wall, and lit overhead by iconic Louis Poulsen Ph ‘artichoke’ lights. The fit-out was done by Adelaide’s Pinnacle, who are also behind venues like The Noble Gentleman, The Bavarian, Betty’s Burgers and Jamie’s Italian.

Photo: Meaghan Coles

Photo: Meaghan Coles

Open 10am-10pm daily, you can sink into an emerald green suede booth for anything from a morning coffee, to a casual lunch or dinner, an afternoon cake and cuppa, or just a relaxed glass of wine.

The menu includes simple but high-quality bistro options, ranging from snacks and oysters, to lighter dishes great for sharing, hand-held snacks and more heartier meals.

The ‘Something Light’ section will get you kingfish sashimi, locally sourced, served up with a gentle soy dressing plus a kick of green chilli, or fennel South Australian king prawns, grilled in the shell, served with steamed rice.

Photo: Meaghan Coles

Or you can wrap your hands and mouth around a gourmet steak sandwich, served on a soft brioche bun with a premium cut of beef, beetroot relish, melted cheese and onion rings with a satisfying crunch.

For more substantial lunch or dinner options, there’s chicken salad with prosciutto, rocket and charred stone fruit, the confit duck leg with peas and speck resting on a dijon cream sauce, a crispy pork belly with crunchy salad, green mango and Thai dressing, or the eye-catching traditional veal schnitzel, served topped with a fried egg and anchovy.

Photo: Meaghan Coles

Photo: Meaghan Coles

If you have a sweet tooth, you won’t be able to miss the decadent display of gateaux and pastries on the way in. All made in-house, it’s The Den’s take on the Mayflower Restaurant’s famous dessert trolley. With full table service, it’s a cosy spot to settle in for a luxe afternoon coffee and cake.

The Den is open seven days with all day dining, from 10am – 10pm. For more, click here.

Photo: Meaghan Coles

Photo: Meaghan Coles

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