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The Marquis

13 Gouger Street
Adelaide CBD SA 5000
Tel : +61 8 7071 7700
License: Licensed & BYO (Wine Only)
Price Range: $$$$
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The Marquis, in Adelaide’s CBD, has polished Gouger Street's restaurant belt with French flair and fare. Centre stage is the dining room's wine wall. The bar purveys global liqueurs, spirits, craft beer and an award winning wine list. Coffee is served from a street front window. Bubbles rise early here for breakfasts, and beautifully styled charcuterie boards show off prime South Australian meats.

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My first venture into The Marquis was on the tail end of Chinese New Year celebrations. At the top end of Asian-restaurant-infused Gouger Street, this place had broken from the pack. A modern room with European looking bar to the right, sensible looking dining area to the left, divided by a double-sided wall of wine. A dapper front-of-house man informed it was a bistro and bar, with the vast amount of wine also intended for take away and retail sales. The owners were from the plonk industry. There was also a café. I wondered if this mixed business would work. It has.

Wine list, sommelier, and restaurant awards later, the molecular acrobatics of the menu have gone. (These are well-exercised in Celsius down the street). What remains is a beautiful reduction of modern French bistro food. There are small amounts of strong, sophisticated dishes in each course, duck featuring. Spiced white bean puree, and duck liver parfait with cabernet caramel are the appetisers’ most appetising; the second coming with toasted brioche. Butter lovers stay tuned.

Sighting eppoise in the entrees, my eyes roll blissfully backward. One of the world’s smelliest, banned on French public transport and loved by Napoléon, this runny cows’ milk cheese is fried at The Marquis. I should have studied the wine wall library for drops from Burgundy, home of its blessed pungency. A main of Valdespino duck breast reminds me why I am here. Potato twice cooked in the fat of this bird is a no brainer. Peas get their sexy on with bacon and lettuce, warmed with vermouth and cream. Trust the French. And the butter. Here a disc of it comes shamelessly sprinkled with rock salt, and infused with goat curd.

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 Best Restaurant in a Pub / Club
SA Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence 2012

 Best Sommelier
Restaurant and Catering SA, Awards for Excellence 2012

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I don't usually post reviews - If I like a place I will not only return but will take others to enjoy the experience. To The Marquis I have been back often. The cuisine never disappoints and the staff both courteous & knowledgeable. I recommend all 'Foodies' book and experience for  08/10/2013

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Dined with special family members from Sydney. Three weeks we previously booked and requested table by window. It was all confirmed in person - yes no problem. Arrived last night at the appointed time, no table set up, people already occupied our space. Made comment and given a LAME excuse. Very poor beginning to end. Shown to another table, waitress smiley yet unprofessional. Simple question about menu could not answer - another LAME response as she fiddled with the menu to read it and said "it always changes". Rubbish - mixed confusing message about water as we try to order a starting drink. Next sommelier sets us up with wine chosen by way of fancy argon dispensary. Great insight to lesser known wine. A new waitress turns up with French accent and starts to pour wine A on top of unfinished wine B. Heavens to Betsy - you’re a wine specialist venue and we got a rank amateur spoiling the wine experience. We suggest around the table- let’s hope things improve. We like the venue and the sommellier /wine is great, menu seems ok though limited. Food arrives and we are impressed with presentation and flavours. I had the lamb,really good ,spatchcock received rave comments. The place has great potential needs some friendly humorous capable maitre "d" and staff with skills and knowledge.. for the dollars spent, it was amateurish except for the sommelier and the chef. Try poaching some experienced waiters from other establishments or you will fail with your grand plan that offers promise in a great  29/10/2011

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Nice, capable French food in beautiful surroundings. Great location too - centre of Adelaide and close to the market, always a bonus. The menu and food were nice enough but the Marquis's sommelier is superb - what an asset! He really does know his wine and his professionalism is obvious. The wait staff are delightful - courteous, charming and very attentive without being obtrusive - we would actually return to experience the exceptional service again, it really was that memorable - thank you!review  07/10/2011

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Restaurant Features
Award Winning/Hatted
Bar / Wine Bar
Cellar Door
Function for 50-100
Outdoor Dining
Private Dining Area
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