I have been told by individuals of the older generation, AKA mum and pups, that the Cork and Cleaver was one of THE places to dine and be seen in Adelaide about 20 years ago. So what better place to take the olds to celebrate their 29th wedding anniversary! I use the word ‘take’ fairly loosely as clearly Dad was the one settling the bill. Ok, ok I’ll use the word ACCOMPANY. Happy now?
So on this oh-so-eventful evening the family and I got all gussied up (because that’s what people did in the ‘80s) and hit this somewhat iconic restaurant. Upon arrival I immediately questioned Dad as to whether he had driven his Delorean to the Cork and Clever because ‘Gosh Doc!’ you’d think we’d gone back in time! No kidding folks. I think someone may need to pass on the message that the 1970’s called and wants its décor back! Ok, so the Cork and Cleaver hasn’t kept up with the times as much as been dragged along through time. I kid, I kid. Sure the interior is a little ‘classic’ but it’s charming in its own right and there is nothing wrong with golden trees and a trip down memory lane!
Firstly, they had me at complementary warm bread and meatballs. Cork and Cleaver’s own! I know this as you can buy tubs of them on the way out! For my main I indulged in a chateaubriand which was superb BUT undercooked. It seems that getting your steak just right at a steak restaurant shouldn’t be too much to ask? You with me on that one amigos? With this said, the meat was tender, juicy and delicioso!
One thing not to miss: The name Cork and Cleaver being used so effectively! The placemats were made of cork and the menus were stuck to cleavers. THAT is dedication to a theme!
Now I don’t claim to be a food critic, I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy asking him to looooo... sorry, Notting Hill moment there. Where was I? Ah yes, I’m just a girl who enjoys chatting about the happs in Adelaide. BUT I think there is certainly value in hearing the opinion of your average Joe, or Jane in this case.
So... I’d rate this place 3 malls balls out of 5. A fabulous steak but overpriced. I think I’ll jump in my time machine and head back to 2012!