We love a real kid orientated place to eat out. Its our thing! Playgrounds, kids menus, computer games, the whole kit and kaboodle can really make a parents night out just that little bit easier. But….sometimes we might want a night out that is just that little bit more focussed towards us. The parents. Because we deserve nice things too right? Or what if you have older kids (the dreaded…..Teenagers!) who aren’t keen on the usual haunts either?
So we jumped at the chance to head to La Boca Bar and Grill, situated smack bang in the heart of the city on North Terrace opposite the Casino (part of the Stamford building). This is no ‘kids eat free’ buffet, but an authentic and bloody sensational Argentinian cuisine restaurant, with some of the best steak and meats your mouth will ever have the pleasure of devouring.
We took a couple of teens for a bit of ‘parent/teen’ bonding time and left the little kids at home. The menu is a bit ‘fancier’ than normal for some of you (pretty much directly referring to the teen daughters here) who are more accustomed to a parmy or a chicken burger at a pub, but we can honestly say that this was one of the best nights out we can remember. It is a real experience, with a very nice and spacious eating area and a range of comfy booths and tables, allowing you to then wander over to the fully stocked bar (because of course you need a beer, wine or gin….or all 3) and just watch the meat being cooked to perfection on the fire right there in front of you.
As you can imagine the food here is a real experience. We very enviously looked at the six course degustation menus, the butchers selection (serves 2….we saw one come out and it looked like it would serve 7) and could easily have stayed here for 6 hours just eating and drinking into a meat induced nap. The beauty here is there are just so many more options based on how long or short you wish to stay (and your budget), from take away to high tea to several course degustations. Make sure you check out their menu online before you go to make your selection.
Our crew are steak lovers and we had to try out the Scotch Fillet and Eye Fillet, but if meat isn’t your thang (like Miss 13) then she highly recommends the Home-made Gnocchi. It is hard to properly convey in words the quality of the steaks here. Lets just say that Miss 16 (a known steak lover) could not keep the smile off her face. In fact she still talks about how good the steak was a week later.
A great selection of entrees and desserts as you would expect are on offer here, so make sure you compliment your mains with any of those choices. There is no ‘kids menu’ and although smaller kids are most definitely welcome (we saw a couple of young families during our visit), check out the menu beforehand to see what they might like. For us, for a treat for the older kids, it was absolute perfection and we wish we could go back tomorrow. So good in fact, that we are seriously eyeing off their mothers day lunch and other options for a kids-free date night.
Find La Boca Bar and Grill at: 150 North Terrace, Adelaide
Phone them on: 08 8461 0394