We first went along to Déjà vu during the Fringe festival, but had only a short time to visit and determined to return for a more detailed look – and that opportunity came last week when we were invited back to sample their evolving menu, and coincidentally celebrate the granting of their liquor licence that day.
Upstairs off William Street you enter a large airy and bright dining room, bar along one side, and with eye catching ceiling decorations. It is an attractive space.
The menu is, as you would guess from the name, designed around small, share plates – not in the mainstream of Spanish tapas but with a more Asian twist, with the inclusion of much Australian bush tucker ingredients, and an excellent selection suitable for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free diets – but not to the exclusion of meat eaters!
So, what is food on offer? – well how about Rosemary sliders with free range chicken and lemon myrtle aioli or chicken skewers with macadamia nut satay sauce? Or beetroot pesto and goats cheese on house made damper or charcoal sliders with macadamia satay and blackened tempeh or cinnamon and cayenne spiced shiitake balls with smoky barbeque sauce?
The latter dish the shiitake balls are particularly good – sort of a version of falafel, nutty, spicy and perfectly complemented by the smoky sauce.
Another dish I was taken with was their Fireballs – coconut and jackfruit pakora with chilli jam – crunchy and full of flavour and the chilli taking it up a notch.
The sweet potato fries are also well worth a look and a taste – crisply fried earthy spikes of sweet potato with gently citrus lemon myrtle sauce – very moreish!
Psychedelic veggie rice paper rolls both look colourful and appetising and the star anise aioli adds an aromatic aniseed accompaniment.
New additions to the menu are seared kangaroo in a charcoal slider with bush tomato chutney and the aforementioned chicken sliders – lovely small snacks.
My pick of the night were damper slices topped with a mix of marinated mackerel – the marinade of rosemary and garlic full of herbal notes, aromatics and complemented the strong fish flavours to a tee.
I unfortunately left before dessert but from feedback from others, these are not to be missed.
I suggest one of the best ways to try the food here is through one of the tasting plates put together by the chef – a great selection of what is on offer – but it is equally fine to choose a selection for yourself from the many on offer – the main thing is to get along and give them a try – the food is different, very good quality and well presented.
A quick comment on the new wine list – a well put together list of about half a dozen each of white and red – entrants from Willoughby Park in the Great Southern, Xanadu, Stella Bella and Rosily from Margaret River, as well as the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, and a few international options too. An extra rosé – and preferably Australian would not go astray. All in all a fine little list with some good choices available.
Well worth a visit.
Disclaimer: We were the guests of Déjà vu on our second visit and the food was supplied at no cost.