When Amanda and Mark ran their own restaurant in St Heliers some years ago, they used to invite Amanda’s parents along to sit at a front table on quiet nights so that prospective patrons wouldn’t think the place was empty.
I imagine they weren’t alone with this ruse, but it seems to have gone out of fashion now.
The week night that we went to Adelie with Mark and Amanda, the only obvious figures were the duty manager chatting to one of her staff, who was leaning in through the open front window.
Undaunted, we went in and, given that we had the run of the place, chose to sit outside in what was advertised as the newly-opened courtyard. It seemed like a good option given that the inside of the bar area is overly dark, to the point where menu-reading and conversation become more conceptual than achievable.
Adelie occupies the premises previously known as the Garnet Bar and Kitchen, and is right next door to the much-lauded Westmere Butchery, on the corner of West End Rd and Garnet Rd. continue reading »