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. Adelaide’s foodie scene is becoming something to be reckoned with. 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 also a great spot for special occasions - think delicious Italian fare in an elegant 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.
The CBD is also home to some fabulous watering holes. 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. This Adelaide restaurant has river views and a sophisticated menu that focuses on regional produce.
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 the locals. The flavours are big and the atmosphere is cosy and friendly. Let’s face it - Indian is always a good idea.
Now, 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. This Adelaide 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.
Author: Georgia Smail, dimmi Chief Food Writer.
Image source: Penfolds Magill Estate