The foodies guide to Adelaide (and Beyond) ….
A city that boasts is history of non-convict English settlement, surrounded by crystal clear coastal waters, rolling hills covered in wines and wide country town streets with warm hospitality, there is plenty of places to find a good time and a great meal. To make things easy for you, I have picked some of the best food around time, and the state.
Queen Street Café
Queen Street is location in Adelaide’s up-and-coming, trendy suburb of Croydon which is home to great architecture, retro shops and one of the best cafes in town, Queen Street Café. Here, you can sit inside or outside, both as comfortable as the other – with large bay windows and street side tables, watching the world go by is possible at any angel. The menu is full of fresh breakfast options like avocado, lime and pepper on rye and crab omelette. It is fairly pricey for a breakfast but the quality makes up for it.
Red door bakery
Gone are the days when a white roll or pink finger bun would excite people – the trend of artisan and gourmet bakeries stays strong and there is no better example of this than Red Door Bakery. There are now two locations where you can find the cabinets full of sweet treats like crème brulee tarts and hazelnut scrolls to get your sugar fix. But the real shining star are the good ol’ fashioned, but a little gourmet, pies and sausage rolls. The highlights being the morrocan lamb sausage roll and the Angus beef and Coopers stout pie, both available with homemade chilli jam.
Adelaide Central Markets
No South Australian food experience is complete without a trip to the Adelaide Central Markets, or what I refer to as, foodie heaven. There are rows upon rows filled with fresh produce and flavours from around and more cheese than you can poke a cracker at. My recommendations would be Asian Gourmet for a delicious thick noodle laksa, a pizza from Adelaide’s first ever pizza bar, Lucia’s and refuel with a tea from T bar, the Prosperi-T being my favourite (best served with warm milk and honey). Or if you’re in the market for supplies you can find the best at The Smelly Cheese Shop, the Taste of Marrakech or The Olive Tree.
Star of Greece
Star of Greece could quiet possibly be the jewel in the south Australian crown of South Australian food royalty. Hugging the cliffs of port Willunga with 180 degree views of the turquoise ocean, this casual but classy beach shack is not to be estimated. The menu is impressive, paying homage to its surroundings and full of seafood and local produce. Changing seasonally it is likely every visit will be unique, to this day I still think about my roasted stuffed chicken with popcorn (strange combination that hit it out of the park!). Book ahead, this is not a destination to be missed.
Burger Theory Co.
There is no doubt about it, the food truck scene in Adelaide has exploded. There are more than 30 food trucks to enjoy around town, so it is hard to know which way to go. So, let me make it easy for you – Burger Theory. The menu is short and sweet (two burgers in total), but you can’t go past the No. 2 – Crispy pancetta, onion confit and Adelaide Blue cheese sauce. A life changing burger that will leave you waiting more and perfectly accompanied with fries and truck sauce, if my taste buds serve me correctly this is a delicious blend of T-sauce and mayo…. Genius!
Maggie Beers Farm Shop
Maggie Beer is the Queen of the Australian food scene and has been cooking up a storm in the Barossa Valley for many years. You can’t have a well-rounded South Australian food experience without visiting her farm shop. Here, you can stock up on artisan products or buy a premade picnic hamper with matched wines from the surrounding vineyards – it doesn’t get much better than that!
Almalfi Pizzeria Restaurante
With 30 years cooking experience behind them, it is no surprise that Almalfi’s has become one of Adelaide’s favourite restaurants. With sauces, stocks, pasta and bread made fresh in-house daily, you won’t leave disappointed. The menu has all the classics and more, their Con Pollo is a must try – rigatoni pasta teamed with pancetta, mushroom, chives, apricot, pepper in a cream sauce. Belissimo!
The McLaren Vale could be my version of heaven on earth, rolling hills covered in vines, crashing waves of the ocean nearby and most importantly, lots of beautiful food. The Vale Inn is a revamped pub that blends the old and the new seamlessly, not the mention the home to my favourite beer of all time – Vale Ale! You can expect the seasonal menu to include a variety of gastro pub food options like duck fat potatoes and pizzas with pekking duck and red currant, oysters done four ways or a share plate filled with gourmet goodies.
Vintners Bar & Grill
No South Australian food experience would be complete without a trip to the famous heart of the state, The Barossa Valley. One of the best places to enjoy a meal here is the Vintners Bar & Grill which offers excellent regional food combined with local wines. Highlights include the pork and quail spring rolls and the rib of beef for two teamed with a variety of mustards and green peppercorns, and you won’t find it hard to find suitable sides to go with it. The restaurant which is set amongst a picturesque vineyard setting can be enjoyed year round with large outdoor courtyards for summer and a huge open fire in winter.
P.s I travel to Adelaide often, so please let me know if you have any suggestions for me to try on my next visit!