Situated on the banks of the River Torrens, South Australia’s Adelaide is a city with everything — a warm climate, hundreds of close vineyards, pristine beaches, and a thriving food scene.
Here are a few places to try on your next trip.
Providing panoramic views, 2KW offers guests al fresco dining in the Terrace Bar overlooking the local stadium and cathedral, in cozy garden booths on the west side patio, and inside at long wooden communal blocks and smaller intimate tables. The menu showcases Mediterranean dishes, including their signature chilled crayfish indulgence; deep fried whitefish, prawns and pork bubble; spiced king prawns; grilled octopus; shawarma lamb rump; hazelnut chocolate mousse; and a date and tahini tart.
Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar
Delivering large Italian flavor and ambiance in a cozy trattoria, Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar serves up simple regional cuisine in a lively setting. Menu highlights include mushroom arancini, a variety of polenta dishes, beef carpaccio with truffle, gnocchi, pan seared quail, and a variety of pastas. Diners can also choose the $62 tasting menu.
Chianti Classico is an elegant upscale restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine in a historical building. Guests can dine inside in the warm and refined but rustic main room or outside in the covered patio. Menu highlights include crostini with sardines, duck and plum salad, pasta with crab, pasta with chicken hearts and fried pig’s ears, pumpkin and ricotta gnocchi, garfish, and frutti di mare.
Osteria Oggi houses both a long marble bar and a large airy restaurant with communal dining tables and vaulted ceilings. The menu is big on pasta dishes, including tortellini with vegetables, spaghetti carbonara, lasagna, and gnocchi, as well as meat entrées like braised rabbit and lamb shoulder.
The Central Market
Established in 1969, Adelaide’s Central Market has something for everyone. Over 80 stalls provide snacks, meat, seafood, and produce to take home and prepare, and a variety of local specialties including smoked kangaroo and crocodile meat, emu prosciutto, and mettwurst.
Once the home of a grocery market, The Store is now a bright, rustic café offering great breakfasts (served all day on weekends), lunches, and dinners. Diners can choose to eat on the expansive outdoor patio and check out the action on Melbourne Street, or inside in the cozy main dining room.
If you are looking for a custom trip tailored to specific locations, restaurants and places to visit, contact A Taste of South Australia. Owner Mary Anne Kennedy can customize a variety of food and wine tours.