330 George Street
Lunch: Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm
Dinner: Mon-Sat 6pm-10.30pm
Maybe it is just me, but when I read American Diner I think: Fried Chicken, Foot Long & Beans, Onion Rings, Burgers, Corned Beef Brisket, Cheese Steak, Mac n Cheese, Coleslaw.....you get the picture.
It needs to be stated that Buggles and Squeak love these American Diner classics.
So when we saw that Mad Cow were hosting an American Diner Degustation as part of March into Merivale, well we couldn't contain our excitement!
Having never dined at Mad Cow previously, we are surprised by the size of the restaurant, we expect it to be larger.
The room is quite pretty with its yellow & white & we are thankfully seated at one of the extra large, comfy booths.
Giddy with anticipation, we order a limey cow cocktail each....delicious.
When presented with our menu, we realise that our expectations for the evening are not going to be met with reality.
First up is Corn And Cheese Quesadillas. They are delicious.
Stuffed with sweet corn and cheese and topped with a small squeeze of lime, I could eat quite a few more of these. But we have to pace ourselves, there is much more to come.
Next is Mad Cow Chopped Salad with Spencer Gulf Prawns, not really screaming American Diner, but I have to acknowledge the very generous serve of prawns & the salad is quite tasty.
Following on we have Grilled Atlantic Salmon, crushed peas, mint. Again, not a dish I would associate with an American Diner. However, as someone who doesn't normally eat fish, I do enjoy the well cooked salmon, especially the crispy skin.
For the main course we have Braised Beef Short Ribs, peas, baby carrots, thyme. This is more like it....well yes and no.
The rib is delectably good, very tender it falls from the bone. However, with the strong red wine & thyme flavour, it really would sit more comfortably as part of a French menu.
The accompanying mash and fries (talk about carb loading) are both spectacular and the dish overall is really, really good.
Dessert brings us Key Lime Pie. Tangy lime mousse topped with not too sweet meringue, on an incredibly moreish, buttery biscuit base & Buggles and Squeak are well satisfied. Magnificent.
We finish with Coffee and Petit Fours consisting of housemade: Oreo, Grandma's Oat, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies. All are really good, especially the peanut butter.
So, while we enjoyed our dinner very much, with everything on the menu being well cooked and really tasty, we have to say we don't think it was the best representation of American Diner food.