A night at the Parmelia Hilton, part 1: dinner at the Adelphi Grill

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

I was recently invited to spend a Friday night at the Parmelia Hilton in the Perth CBD as a guest of the hotel, with the main event of the stay being dinner at the Adelphi Grill. It had been a long week at work (aren’t they all?) and this was an exciting and much welcome start to the weekend.

I should point out that this photo was taken early on Saturday morning when most of the hotel guests were still in bed!

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

This was the first time I’d stayed at the Parmelia Hilton, and I found the front-counter staff to be very friendly and check-in was quick and efficient. My room was a King Hilton Deluxe, which came with two features I find essential in any hotel room – somewhere to sit other than the bed, and a proper desk to work on.

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

If you’re not already jealous, you will be when you see the treat was left in my room – yes, it’s edible. The bun was a macaron and the burger was a slab of chocolate cake topped with watermelon tomato and pineapple cheese! The chips were made of sponge cake…and salt-crystals made of icing. Ah, it’s a hard life sometimes.

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

I have a king size bed at home, but this one seemed to be significantly bigger. It was very comfortable, with a pillow “menu” available for guests with fussy heads – I found the supplied pillows to be more than sufficient. There’s even a turn-down service, but you can elect just to receive the chocolate if you’re capable of un-tucking your own sheets.

After an hour or so settling into my room, it was time for a drink in the Adelphi Bar and then onto dinner in the Adelphi Grill.

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

The Adelphi Grill began its life as the iconic Adelphi Steak House & Bar, and received a $1 million makeover in 2013 to give it a contemporary look and feel whilst maintaining its casual, relaxed atmosphere. The mural pictured here was painted for the Adelphi in the 1970’s by Australian cartoonist Paul Rigby. I don’t think the woman on the right likes it.

The Adelphi is open seven days a week for breakfast (6:30am to 10am on weekdays, 7am to 10 am on weekends) and lunch & dinner from 12 noon to 10pm. You can download the full dinner menu here.

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

We shared a selection of starters, beginning with beef carpaccio with parmesan, garlic chips and truffle mayonnaise.  This was a generous serving of well seasoned, soft, high quality beef – the mayo wasn’t too strong and the garlic chips added a nice texture and flavour. A great start.

The seven starters on the dinner menu are $19 each.

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

My favourite starter was the duck tacos – minced duck with black beans, char-grilled corn & avocado salsa, sour cream, lettuce, and grilled tortillas. It might sound simple, and not something you’d normally expect to be served with duck, but it was rich and tasty. It’s also a fun dish as you have to get stuck in and assemble it yourself.

We did run out of tortillas very quickly, so be prepared to ask for more (or fight your dining companions for them).

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

I’m not a fan of shellfish, but I couldn’t deny the beauty of these seared scallops with spiced chickpea & tomato, carrots and mint labneh. This dish was very popular with the seafood fans at the table.

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

Speaking of things I’m not a fan of, this is roasted spiced cauliflower with crumbed bocconcini, cauiliflower & truffle purée and toasted almonds (I’ve tried cauliflower in many different ways but I’m sorry, I just don’t like it). Thankfully I managed to pinch the delicious fried cheese while no-one was looking.

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

Mains were of our own choosing, and I selected the “South West Fiery Fillet”, a blend of “fiery” spices on a 220gm beef fillet served with chips ($45). I ordered my beef rare, and it was perfectly cooked. I usually don’t order beef or steak because very few restaurants seem capable of properly cooking it rare.

Regular readers will know that I am a lover of chilli & spicy foods, and this dish was more on the “spiced” side rather than lip-numbingly hot, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s unlikely that anybody who chooses this will find the spicing too strong, and I really enjoyed it.

There are a good selection of steaks available at the Adelphi Grill, from a simple 220g Angus sirloin ($42) to a gigantic 600g prime rib served with rosemary potatoes, sour cream & bacon ($65 – yum!) or a luxurious 250g grilled Wagyu sirloin ($75). Steaks come with a choice of mushroom, bearnaise, red wine or pepper sauce, sensibly served on the side. I chose the pepper which had a decent “kick” to it, and the chips were good too.

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

All main courses at the  Adelphi Grill come with free rein of the salad bar, something that seems to have disappeared from many restaurants. I can never resist coleslaw, gluten free or not, and was happy to see it here.

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

Everyone agreed that the best looking dish of the night was the grilled chicken breast with potato dauphinoise, soy beans, charred corn, roasted leek and red wine jus ($38). The chicken was beautifully moist, which isn’t always the case when ordering a breast.

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

The Adelphi Grill also offers a selection of seafood dishes, including this salmon dusted with chai & fennel seed, seared scallops, potatoes in saffron and coconut sauce, eggplant and spinach ($42).

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

A steak sandwich on the pass ($26).

Being located in a hotel, the Adelphi Grill offers a selection of “room service” style fare such as a club sandwich ($25), teriyaki chicken burger ($26) and fish & chips ($26) so there’s plenty to choose from if you’re not in the mood for a massive steak.

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

A good side dish can be just as enjoyable as the main event, and these honey roasted baby carrots with hazelnuts ($10) were soft and sweet, with great crunch coming from the nuts.

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

This mushroom medley with spinach ($10) was rich and tasty, an interesting combination of a variety of mushrooms.

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

Onto dessert, and once again we were presented with a selection of dishes to force into our already-full bellies.

This mango semifreddo with fruit salad and passionfruit essence ($14) would be a light and refreshing end to just about any meal. The semifreddo was beautifully soft, and complemented the fruit on the plate (even the grapefruit) perfectly.

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

We had the opportunity to speak with the Adelphi’s chef Chad Miskiewicz during the evening, and he was very proud of this dish – the Adelphi Grill chocolate & raspberry tart with chocolate fudge sauce and vanilla ice-cream ($14).

The tart is multi-layered with a rich raspberry mousse inside and topped with discs of crisp, perfectly tempered milk and white chocolate. It tasted as good as it looked, with much plate-scraping and spoon-licking by everyone at the table.

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

These “baby” ice cream cones come in “surprise” flavours ($8) and are presented on custom-drilled boards. I’m not sure if I’d want four of these as a single dessert, but they were really fun and great for sharing.

Parmelia Hilton Adelphi Grill

I’d never eaten at the Adelphi Grill before, despite its long history at the Parmelia Hilton, and given my experience tonight I wish I’d visited sooner. All of the dishes we tried made with quality ingredients, well cooked and well presented, and I received the added bonus of perfectly cooked rare beef and coleslaw. The Adelphi Grill is not just another “hotel restaurant” – it’s a quality dining destination in its own right, and one that I would definitely recommend.

So off I went to my very comfy bed with a full tummy, and enjoyed a good night’s sleep in preparation for a big Saturday’s eating ahead.

Coming up in Part 2: buffet breakfast at the Adelphi Grill, breakfast dessert and a very special morning tea!

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Martin

Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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