For many, proper Italian eating means amazing food along with plenty of good wine, lots of fun, family and friends. If that’s the ideal image of Italian eating, then Ruby Red Flamingo has to be the ideal Italian eatery in Adelaide. It’s a very cool, colourful, cosy space on Tynte Street in North Adelaide and the kitchen – led by talented head chef Enzo – likes to celebrate the seasons and keep things fresh. There is no permanent menu, instead Enzo and his crew take whatever fresh ingredients and new ideas are at hand and produce truly first-rate meals, balancing Italian traditions and modern Australian flair in a way that’s hard to forget.
Ruby Red Flamingo radiates one thing: cool. Cool is in everything this Italian restaurant does – from its approach to food to its bohemian decor – but not in an arrogant way – in an effortless, endearing way. In Adelaide, it’s some mixture of a chic modern bistro and funky family place. There are shelves stacked with carefully-selected, top quality wines, curious pieces of art and an eclectic selection of chairs. Found on Tynte Street in North Adelaide, it really is a wonderful place for group gatherings, special occasions or social events – and we haven’t even got to the food yet!
Unlike anywhere else you are likely to find in Adelaide, the menu is ever changing according to two things: what ingredients are freshest for the time of year, and what the team of expert chefs happen to feel like creating. Ruby Red Flamingo certainly takes a fun approach to food but the results are always the same: Italian dishes that are exquisite and a force to be reckoned with in North Adelaide. There is, however, the constant presence of a hearty Italian banquet menu, fit for groups of ten or more and including some damn fine seafood carpaccio and pasta that can be prepared gluten-free. Ruby Red Flamingo is simply one that you have to try yourself, reserve a table now and go have some fun.
Excellent food and service. Octopus was exceptional whilst Gnudi was delicious. Mains Duck Ravioi and Pappardelle equally as good although I thought rabbit flavour overshadowed by bacon. Whilst wine a little on high side they do offer BYO ($15 corkage). Take your time and enjoy.
Excellent food outstanding service we weee welcomed with bread and oil and then our food arrived promptly. I would not order coffee again though. I will be back.
Our lunch was delicious, seated in the garden with casual, yet attentive and friendly staff, we immediately felt at home. The food is wonderful, fresh and beautifully presented. The menu has changed since we last visited has changed to allow for bot small and larger starters and mains. We could not fault the meal. We have visited many times before and always the food is amazing.