Longplay Bistro is about to run on Pirie Street

Longplay Bistro is about to run on Pirie Street

The team behind Clever Little Tailor and Pink Moon Saloon now offers a modern, casual European restaurant with a music twist in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD.

like Mag City As we approach the Rhino Room building, Marshall King welcomes us under an Adelaide icon.

The ground floor location, the Renew Adelaide space, is being converted into Longplay Bistro. He’s now the baby of Marshall, Henry Holland and Dana White, who also own Clever Little Tailor and the Pink Moon Saloon.

Marshall says the trio were looking to open a new venture but wanted to get involved with food, as they had only previously played in an alcohol-focused environment.

“We had been looking around for a while, looking for certain things that we thought we could turn into something,” he says.

“We’ve seen it here, we’ve seen a lot of potential. I’ll guide you.”

As Marshall L. explains: Mag City What’s going where, he happily admits, because the building is too big. This gives the team an opportunity to “fill the space” and play with a certain aesthetic.

Longplay Bistro features copper and wood tones throughout, using colors such as maroons, oranges and creams.

A private, secluded event space will be available at the front of the restaurant overlooking the street.

The venue is scheduled to open in early November but there is still work to be done. For seating, the team rips bubble wrap from Tasmanian Blackwood chairs, while also using the wood for the table tops.

“That’s basically the aesthetic—warmer, earthier, and I think a neutral tone for most of it, with a few pops of organic matter,” says Henry.

To reflect this casual, fun aesthetic, Henry says Longplay Bistro will be “a celebration of the food we love, combined with drinks we’ve already made at our previous venues.”

“We really love this whole culture and wanted to add and leave our own mark on it.”

Henry, Jude and Callum, but inside

Co-head chef Jude Hughes says the menu will follow a “European pub or bistro style (where) people don’t have to think too much”.

“It comes down to what’s not too complicated,” he says.

“Using the best produce you can get your hands on. We’ll prepare prime rib steak with simple sauces (like) béarnaise and beautiful salads.

“Classic dishes, just brought into modern cuisine.”

While the menu appears to be inspired by French cuisine, Judd says it will also include influences from Italy and Spain.

Although the team is keeping its cards close to its chest on details, it says pasta, escabeche and cured fish are also set to appear on the menu.

“I think if you really wanted to sum it up, it would probably be those comforting, nostalgic dishes,” Henry explains.

I slid this pic into City Mag Direct message after our visit – refurbished Longplay Bistro. This photo: Marshall King.

Wherever Marshall, Henry and Dana are, music plays a vital role. Longplay Bistro will be no different.

“Longplay refers to an album that has been played from beginning to end,” says Henry.

“As a lot of venues are probably moving now towards more of a DJ mix style listening experience, we’ll just opt ​​for the single turntable and just start playing the albums all the way to the end.”

In doing so, they hope to maintain the focus on the Longplay customer.

“I think for us it’s more about the music than whoever is playing it,” Henry says. “As a result, it’s also about the people sitting here.

“That way, when we play stuff, it’s just to enhance the experience, not necessarily add a social element to it in terms of like that famous DJ or something.”

The team, with different musical tastes, agreed on modern jazz to fill the ears of Longplay Bistro patrons.

Although the restaurant takes a modern look at European food, they also want to pay great respect to its predecessor, Marco Polo, claiming the area is “sacred land.”

“In the 1980s and 1990s, Marco Polo was a very big Italian restaurant,” Henry says.

“It was so popular that they ended up opening a small place in the basement to facilitate additional sales.

“They called the place downstairs Fasta Pasta — that was the original.”

Longplay Bistro is located at 131 Perry Street, Adelaide, and is scheduled to open in early November.

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