The Adelaide Restaurant scene is coming into it’s own. Things are definitely heating up in South Australia. Exciting restaurants are opening up, new bars are buzzing and some new wining and dining formulas are being created. Here’s the low down on where to eat.
Adelaide’s CBD is an interesting mix of busy city and expansive parkland, and the food scene varies from five-star diners to cracking cheap eats. If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate, or somewhere to hold a big-time-business lunch consider Press Food & Wine. The fresh no-nonsense style cooking is innovative and surprising, and the industrial chic decor is a pleasing sight indeed. Andre's Cucina & Polenta Bar is a great spot for special occasions - think delicious Italian fare in an elegant yet homely environment. And yes, there’s more than just polenta, pasta and pizza on the menu.
Hidden in a basement under the CBD is Jasmin, proving that you don’t need a dominating street presence to be successful. On the menu you’ll find delicious north-Indian cuisine that is hard to beat. Spice up your life at this tasty Indian eatery. Not far away is Restaurant Orana, the native food specialist that has thrilled diners since its opening, receiving the highest-ever score in reviews published by The Advertiser.
With so many renowned wine regions in South Australia such as the Barossa Valley, McClaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills, it would be a crime to come to Adelaide and not sample some of the regions finest drops. At Apothecary 1878 you can enjoy one or two glasses of top SA tipple and graze all evening on some seriously superior tasting plates...Get involved!
Out in the suburbs, the food scene is expanding. Local foodies in Adelaide’s north flock to Red Ochre Grill for the food and the outlook. With river views and a sophisticated menu that focuses on regional produce, you'll leave happy and satisfied, every time.
The suburbs also house a bundle of neighbourhood gems that the locals don’t want you to know about - but we’re giving you the inside scoop. Parwana is an Afghani/Middle-Eastern hotspot that serves up excellent (and inexpensive) fare. The constantly changing menu is packed with fabulous spicy meats, fluffy rice and delicious traditional dumplings.
Over in East Adelaide it’s a similar story. Laxmi’s Tandoori Indian Restaurant is another hidden gem that is loved by locals. The flavours are big and the atmosphere is cosy and friendly. Let’s face it - Indian is always a good idea.
If you’re looking for a spectacular meal that sums up the region, it’s only a few minutes away. Look no further than Penfolds Magill Estate. The eatery offers an elegant degustation with fantastic views over the Estate’s vineyards and the city centre. If you like the idea of perching cliffside then head to Windy Point Restaurant in Belair - it’s designed for ‘South Australian appreciation’. Be treated to old school silver service and a panoramic view of Adelaide’s foothills and city.
A bit further out of Adelaide, in Second Valley is Leonards Mill, a magical place to while away the hours while nourishing your body with delicious dishes made from locally sourced produce, some from the property itself.
Author: Georgia Smail, dimmi Chief Food Writer.
Image source: Penfolds Magill Estate