Adelaide’s food scene is enjoying an influx of celebrity chef eateries – Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Italian, Sean Connolly’s Sean’s Kitchen and Jock Zonfrillo’s Orana, to name a few. Gouger Street, in the heart of the city, is a food stalwart that offers an excellent array of cuisines, such as Thai, Chinese, Italian, Korean, Spanish and Japanese.
With the huge success of the festival scene and relaxed licensing laws, the city is relishing a wave of new, small, funky bar-bistros and cocktail lounges. Head to the uber-cool Leigh and Peel streets to discover the coolest bars in the city.
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285 Rundle Street
For a fine-dining experience, book a table at Orana, the progeny of Scottish chef Jock Zonfrillo. This sassy chef will tantalise your taste buds with his locally sourced produce, his paddock-to-plate mind-think and inspirational use of Aussie bush delicacies such as ruby saltbush berries, aniseed myrtle, bunya nut and bush honey in a twist on modern Australian cuisine.
67 Gouger Street
Join the locals on Gouger Street and sample Adelaide’s best Thai at the Star of Siam restaurant. Treat yourself to soft-shell crab with chilli sauce or the Sea Stars (dumplings cooked in a red curry sauce) for an entree, which are both amazing. For mains, you can’t go past the salt and pepper tofu or one of the delicious pad thai dishes.
Eat like a local
Enjoy an authentic coffee at one of the many Cibo Espresso cafes around Adelaide. Cibo launched itself on to the Adelaide cafe scene in 2000 and now can be found interstate. Try the delicious zeppole (Italian doughnut). It’s as good as it looks.
19 Peel Street
Looking for a funky little bar that is a hive of activity but relaxed at the same time? Clever Little Tailor is that and more. This modish space has a stripped-back raw ambience, with stone walls, cool industrial lighting and timber stools and tables. The small mezzanine level has an intimate feel, with private booths that are perfect for people watching. There’s a vast range of crafted beers, an excellent range of wine and tasty cocktails, served by bartenders who know their craft.
Corner King William Street & North Terrace
If you like a bar with a great view and a hip LA vibe, look no further than 2KW. This rooftop bar and restaurant oozes sophistication and style. But don’t be fooled – it is not all about good looks; there is substance in the form of great food and a unique bar menu.