Amanda says she has focussed the menu around her ethos of creating high-quality South Australian dishes produced with local ingredients.
“Mosaic is about offering wholesome food, diverse flavours and un-intimidating menus,” Amanda says.
“And as much as possible [we’re] about supporting authentic South Australian producers.”
Amanda learned to cook by helping her nanna in the kitchen. She then studied commercial cookery at Adelaide Tafe before working as a chef at the Adelaide Casino, Convention Centre and Stamford Hotel.
The experienced chef joined Mosaic as it underwent a $4 million transformation from the old Checkside Tavern into the Mosaic Hotel in September.
The hotel aims to continue to be a welcoming local for the growing number of people living around what used to be Footy Park in West Lakes.
Amanda has therefore been careful to not only keep the produce local but keep the vibe local too, with the all-day kitchen dishing up pub classics like pizzas, parmi’s, wings and burgers, as well as other contemporary mains.
Mosaic also serves some interesting breakfast dishes, such as Nutella French toast and a wood-fired brekky pizza.
The head chef hopes her dishes appeal to the state’s foodies, as she says the menu was specifically curated with them in mind.
“By introducing new techniques such as wood smoking, dehydrating, sous vide and fermenting, we hope to create a more interesting experience for Mosaic diners”
Hotel General Manger Emilee Moore is also banking on Mosaic Hotel’s newly reworked bar to capture new customers with its expanded drinks menu.
“The key focus with our food and beverage offerings is local, so supporting South Australian suppliers and producers across the wide breadth of our menu and drinks list,” Emilee says.
“We’re proud to be showcasing some of the best locally produced craft beers and an all-South Australian premium wine selection.
“A personal passion for gin distilling is also reflected in our extensive gin list which, again, has a big focus on SA’s best distillers, including Applewood, Never Never, Imperial Measures and 78 Degrees from Lot 100.”
Emilee says the venue, which was designed by prominent Adelaide based architectural firm Studio Nine and features spotted gum timber, velvet emerald booth seating, and terracotta lighting, has something for everyone.
“Mosaic is very different from the old Checkside Tavern, which was outdated. Mosaic is bright and open with lots of windows and has a strong focus on food and beverage,” Emilee says.
“It’s more upmarket than a regular pub. It’s been fitted out with beautiful décor, which gives it a premium feel.”
The new venue offers numerous bar and dining areas, a double-sided fireplace, a modernised sports bar, TAB facilities, ten large TV screens and a gaming room.
“We’re excited to bring a modern feel to complement the refurbished venue, with an extensive range of premium South Australian wines, gin, beer, cocktails and live entertainment,” Emilee says.
“Whether it’s welcoming back some of the tavern’s long-time customers or introducing the Mosaic to people who may have never known it existed, we’re really looking forward to attracting a wide demographic of people from all over Adelaide.”
Mosaic Hotel is located at 37 Turner Drive in West Lakes, opposite Westfield West Lakes, and is open every day for all day dining and drinks.
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