Above: Sean's Kitchen. [Pic: Meaghan Coles / South Australian Tourism Commission]
In Adelaide, fantastic food and wine is a way of life.
Adelaide’s restaurants and food producers are world-class, and the city is in close proximity to the diverse regions and their own exceptional food producers. Local cafes serve up energising coffee and fresh eats for breakfast, grab a tasty, quick bite for lunch from one of the many food trucks located around the city (be quick to catch them) and in the evening, you can settle in at one of Adelaide’s finer institutions for an intimate shared plate with your nearest and dearest.
Here’s our top picks to eat your way around Adelaide.
South African born chef Duncan Welgemoed spent 11 years working in France and England under the likes of Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay before forging his reputation at the renowned Bistro Dom. Loud, garish and buzzing, cooking at Africola is done straight on fire with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce including vegetables, seafood and rotisserie meats. Visit the Africola website. Open for dinner. Walk-ins welcome.
This lively bistro in Adelaide's East End is one of three eateries owned and run by legendary chef Jock Zonfrillo. Serving a seasonal menu with daily specials, Bistro Blackwood also draws upon the same indigenous ingredients and techniques used at Restaurant Orana which was recently named Australia's Restaurant of the Year by Gourmet Traveller magazine. Visit the Bistro Blackwood restaurant. Dinner Tuesday to Sunday; lunch Friday to Sunday. Bookings essential.
Botanic Gardens Restaurant
Head Chef Paul Baker has the entire Botanic Gardens kitchen garden to forage from, so this modern Australian restaurant ensures that only the very freshest ingredients arrive on your plate. Visit the Botanic Gardens Restaurant website. Open for lunch and dinner. Bookings essential.
Coal Cellar + Grill
Coal Cellar + Grill at the Hilton Adelaide brings it back to basics and highlights the best of South Australia’s produce using their feature charcoal grill and rotisserie. This modern and vibrant restaurant offers a seriously South Australian view on some seriously tasty food. Their express lunch deal is great value and truly delicious. Visit the Coal Cellar + Grill website. Open for lunch and dinner. Walk-ins welcome.
Golden Boy is the newest venture from the guys behind The Botanic Bar on the intersection of North and East Terrace. One half of the bar has been replaced with Golden Boy restaurant, serving authentic Thai food in a buzzing environment. Golden Boy has embraced the long shared table dining experience, with more intimate tables available for smaller groups. Visit the Golden Boy website. Open for dinner. Walk-ins welcome.
After something quick and tasty for breakfast or lunch? Poh Ling Yeow and her superstar team at Jamface have you covered. This Adelaide Central Market stall has home-cooked, in-house prepared food served with lots of love. It’s a brilliant breakfast spot, but places full up – get in early! Visit the Jamface website. Open for breakfast and lunch. Walk-ins only.
The aptly-named eatery Peel St, located on funky laneway Peel Street in the city’s west end, is one of Adelaide’s favourite little foodie hotspots. Everything is generous, abundant and buzzing with flavour, with chefs Jordan and Marty inspired by their diverse food experiences from around the world. Visit the Peel St website. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walk-ins welcome.
Press* Food and Wine
At Press*, they have a simple mission: bring the best produce they can find to the table, and have fun doing so. They work within season and have strong relationships with local suppliers and farmers, with a keen eye for provenance. The kitchen is open all day, so you can drop in anytime for a bite or two. Visit the Press* Food and Wine website. Open for lunch and dinner. Walk-ins welcome.
Just off the corner of North Terrace and Station Road, Sean Connolly opened this New York-style brasserie creating mouth-watering dishes using the best of South Australia’s produce. The restaurant backs onto SkyCity Casino and serves up food for the soul; melt-in-the-mouth canapes, South Australian grilled meats and seafood and decadent desserts. Visit the Sean’s Kitchen website. Open for lunch and dinner. Bookings essential.
Shobosho uses ancient Japanese yakitori traditions - including blending smoke, steam and fire - along with the finesse and texture of raw, cured, pickled and fermented foods to bring you on a journey of flavours! Check out the Shobosho website. Open all day.
Go to SouthAustralia.com to find out more about Adelaide's dining hotspots.