The Prairie on O’Connell burger bar is named after the Prairie Hotel at Parachilna, which the Fargher family has run since 1991 and made famous with its bush hospitality, accommodation, events and “feral” food menu.
“Feral food” is the name the hotel uses for the dishes it creates from Australian native ingredients and introduced species that now roam wild in the outback, such as camel and goat.
Owner Jane Fargher has taken up the lease on the O’Connell Inn as a sister hotel to the Prairie Hotel, which is located 500km north of Adelaide. She says she plans to open Prairie on O’Connell as a “pop-up” burger bar in the hotel for three weekends, after which it will likely become a permanent fixture.
The motivation behind the move, she says, is to bring the Prairie Hotel cuisine to the city and provide a natural conduit for tourists from the city to the bush.
Prairie Hotel chef Darren Whites will travel to the city for the pop-up events, serving up the feral burgers as well as other outback tucker for which the hotel is known.
The Feral Mixed Grill has previously been listed among the top 100 gourmet experiences in Australia and includes kangaroo fillet, emu filet mignon and camel sausage. The Feral Antipasto plate will also be on offer and includes smoked kangaroo, camel mettwurst, emu pate, goat cheese, bush tomato chilli jam, char-grilled vegetables, kalamata olives and warm ciabatta.
Marketing and business manager of the Prairie Hotel Susan Girke says Prairie on O’Connell builds on the hotel’s Tasting Australia event held in Victoria Square last month and she believes it will be a welcome addition to Adelaide’s already-bustling burger scene.
The Outback Burger Bar will open at the O’Connell Inn, 197-199 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide, this Saturday from 11am to 9pm and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Further pop-up events will be held on May 27 to 29 and June 3 to 4.
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