An extensive array of exotic food is always one of the great joys of being at WOMADelaide and being spoilt for choice is a lovely predicament to be in. This year, Festival organisers took this to a new level by bringing in Street, one of Adelaide’s most popular eateries and one that has made appearances in each festival location during this mad season.
Set amongst the trees, and near enough to the Zoo stage so as to be serenaded while enjoying a meal, Street in the Park offered a choice of signature meals from around the globe as inspired by the cultures of some of the performers. From Irish to Japanese, Italian to Congolese, each dish was authentic and gourmet; a range of good wines, interesting sides and enticing desserts complemented the fare.
To dine at Street in the Park, one needed to make a booking and pay a deposit of $35 per head. This seemed entirely appropriate due to the other lovely predicament of becoming easily distracted by a glorious variety of quality entertainment. What was unclear, however, was the need to queue up for 25 minutes, despite having a booking when there were many empty tables in the open air restaurant.
Despite this unnecessary annoyance, the food service was efficient, the meals were remarkable and the atmosphere and setting were perfection. Perhaps in future, the restaurant may wish to employ more than one maître d’ in order to cut down waiting times for people wishing to stick to their booking times and catch the acts they came to the festival to see.