Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Russell Jeavon's Pizza Restaurant - South Australia

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • #16
    Re: Russell Jeavon's Pizza Restaurant - South Australia

    Well, we celebrated our son Daniel?s 30th birthday last night at Russell?s Pizza Restaurant and the night went extremely well.
    I spent considerable time talking to the very young staff, the lad in the dark striped shirt was Russell?s son and he was tending to the larger inside oven all night. They were extremely obliging with any and all information in regards to their dough, preparation, cooking and even the oven build. They were however quite taken with my infra red laser thermometer, so I will email them with the details a little later. In the rear shed, which seats around 50 guests, is a wall of photos from people who have built their ovens through Russell?s inspiration and I have been asked to contribute.
    We arrived at around 6:30 pm and left at 11:00pm having 34 of the 150 guests for the night. They often have up to 200 per evening.
    On arrival I introduced myself and had free reign throughout the venue so I took some photos and temperature measurements
    The larger inside oven had a hearth temperature of 334?C with a top centre dome temp of 500?C (well the dial maxed out). Two and a half hours later the temps were 278 and 470?C respectively.
    The smaller outside oven was run by a seemingly very young teenager who impressed me with his ability with the peel and aptitude to heat, cook and control his oven goods, often with 4 pizzas and other bakes going in a continuous rate. His oven was ?a little hotter than normal? with an early hearth temperature of 362?C and a centre dome temp of 429?C. Later in the night, these had settled to 307? and 397?C.
    We had friends who were fascinated with the wood fired ovens and they are to visit ours to experience the pleasures that we all have with our own. Who knows what may eventuate, maybe another one or two constructions.
    The attached pictures are the outside of the Restaurant, the kitchen setup and the inside.
    These are the ones featured in Russell?s well known book on wood oven construction and cooking.
    I might also add here that I was specifically looking for split, cracked or ?spalled? common red bricks that were used in their construction. None whatsoever were seen and these ovens are used 3 days a week and in a commercial application! My next oven construction will be built using these ?common pressed red? bricks that are freely available around the Adelaide area.

    Neill
    Prevention is better than cure, - do it right the first time!

    The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know


    Neillís Pompeiii #1
    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/n...-1-a-2005.html
    Neillís kitchen underway
    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f35/...rway-4591.html

    Comment


    • #17
      Re: Russell Jeavon's Pizza Restaurant - South Australia

      interesting
      - what sort of things did they cook (other than pizza)?

      Russell was also on "Out of the blue" this week - thanks Hendo
      Cheers
      Damon

      Build #1

      Build #2 (Current)

      Comment


      • #18
        Re: Russell Jeavon's Pizza Restaurant - South Australia

        Hi Damon,
        everything that is cooked or baked in the restaurant come through his ovens. I'm not sure of the names of some of these 'special' serves or courses, but you start with a salad with all local goods, fetta cheese, beans, lettuces, fennel, mushrooms, tomato etc, then various sliced crusty breads with olive oil and crushed nuts/spices, meatballs in a white sause, lamb chunks in a gray on a pizza base, a whole range of his specialty pizzas and then his bakes pies, slices, baked puddings etc. He even roasts his own almonds. The outside oven is usually cooler for the reheating of the meatballs, and cooking the puddings/slices. You can see some of the sweets in the pics.
        When we left at 11:00pm, the door was put in place to hold the heat in for cooking the next day.
        You need to book and experience a night but Russell is rarely there on the nights. He does the courses and all the preparation but I haven't met him yet.

        Neill
        Prevention is better than cure, - do it right the first time!

        The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know


        Neillís Pompeiii #1
        http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/n...-1-a-2005.html
        Neillís kitchen underway
        http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f35/...rway-4591.html

        Comment


        • #19
          Re: Russell Jeavon's Pizza Restaurant - South Australia

          I can only endorse Neill's description of Russells, I was there for a meal just two weeks ago. First time for me as UK is a fair way to travel to a restaurant on a regular basis. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to this eaterie by my son who resides in Adelaide.
          The food was excellent, v.f.m., the service was superb-very welcoming but above all it was the ambience that really caught one's eye. It was like being in an era that had not caught up.
          Superb!!!!

          Comment


          • #20
            Re: Russell Jeavon's Pizza Restaurant - South Australia

            NEWS RELEASE!
            I had the pleasure of running into a resident from Willunga today (the township where Russell's restaurant is located, and he says that the restaurant was sold and rapidly going downhill.
            The pizza prices are going through the roof and the quality going out through the floor.
            He also spoke to me of his radical different oven layout which he claims will heat in 15 minutes, cook 4 large pizzas at a time and can maintain the heat all night long. I am awaiting a call to visit and view.

            Cheers

            Neill
            Prevention is better than cure, - do it right the first time!

            The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know


            Neillís Pompeiii #1
            http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/n...-1-a-2005.html
            Neillís kitchen underway
            http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f35/...rway-4591.html

            Comment


            • #21
              Re: Russell Jeavon's Pizza Restaurant - South Australia

              Sorry to hear that Neill. I've had a visit to his restaurant on my bucket list since I bought his book several years ago. Oh well, another unique experience missed.
              Any word on what Russell is doing now?
              Cheers
              Bill
              Tutto Fumo e niente arrosto!

              Comment


              • #22
                Re: Russell Jeavon's Pizza Restaurant - South Australia

                Hi all,
                well, today I took Wylie, a fellow US member and his wife on a tour of Adelaide and surrounding down to Russell's restaurant, know EXACTLY where it was, went back and it has GONE!!!! Now it is a wine shop, THE END OF AN ERA.
                All those wanting to visit, now need to strike it from their wish list.

                Neill
                Prevention is better than cure, - do it right the first time!

                The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know


                Neillís Pompeiii #1
                http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/n...-1-a-2005.html
                Neillís kitchen underway
                http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f35/...rway-4591.html

                Comment

                Working...
                X