A trendy and spacious restaurant serving up top-quality pub food and dessert, attached to their own drinks cellar, found out in the suburbs.
If you’re looking for a modern eating experience away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then waddle into The Pickled Duck Kitchen & Cellar, located in Adelaide’s north-east suburb of Modbury… Unless of course the north-east is the wrong direction for you – then you’ll have to keep looking.
What a little gem this place is! Located across the road from Tea Tree Plaza, you’ll notice from the outside that the building provokes a nice sense of balance between the slick, black, modern restaurant front while maintaining the classical Brick Gothic facing style of the old Modbury Institute building that it once was. Step inside, and you will notice this style carried on through to the interior of the eatery. You will probably notice how big the place is, too!
As you enter, you will be approached by a friendly staff member who will advise you to take a seat wherever you please and hand you your menus, whereby you can order and pay at the bar when you’re ready to. There’s lots of seating indoors as well as an undercover outdoor area which overlooks Civic Park. Also, to the left, you’ll see the entrance to their own wine and craft beer cellar, where they showcase and sell Australian and world renowned wines as well as an extensive selection of craft beers from South Australian microbreweries. Worth a gander, if you’re into that kind of thing.
The menu consists of all your classic pub meals, i.e. burgers, pizza, sliders, salads and sides, but with a gourmet twist and some creative additions. If you want to get a little bit more fancy, you could order their antipasto or cheese boards. My eating experience here was extremely memorable, for all the good reasons. I had the Swiss Beef burger and mmm-mm, put an entire Portobello mushroom in my burger any day… (wait, what?) Now here’s my favourite bit – all of this delicious, gourmet, pub meal glory and it’s so affordable! I mean, the average price from their burger menu is $12. What a dream! There’s also a “duckling menu” for the little ones, so yes, in case you’re wondering, this is definitely a kid-friendly place. As long as they don’t wander on into the drinks cellar for a good time.
Now, I hope you’ve left room for dessert… If your body and bank account can handle it, I would highly recommend feasting your tastebuds on the divine dessert experience here. (Or just come back another time for coffee and dessert like we did!) After probably the hardest decision we had to make all month, we settled on the Nutella Burger and the Hot Belgian Waffles for dessert. Other close competitors were the Chocolate Nachos, Rocky Road Pizza and the Chocolate Tasting Plate. Sweet baby Jesus. I’ll just let the photos do the talking here…
Constructed and presented like a savoury burger meal, the cleverness of the Nutella Burger got me bragging for days. A Nutella patty, strawberries, kiwi fruit and mango, sandwiched by a freshly-baked cinnamon doughnut bun, served with (heavenly) butter cake fries and strawberry dipping sauce. Pure genius! The Pickled Duck chefs win the dessert burger game. And the Hot Belgian Waffles… Ugh. I can’t even. Just do yourself a favour and get your sweet-tooth butt over to The Pickled Duck. I promise it’s all it’s quacked up to be.
#PickledDuckHack: if you order a coffee without dessert, it’ll be served with a shot glass of Smarties.
The Pickled Duck Kitchen & Cellar
993 North East Road, Modbury SA
Monday – Thursday: 9:30am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 9am-12am