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Known to many in the industry as the slumbering genius of Australia’s food scene, Adelaide has now come into the spotlight of the culinary boom that’s been lifting restaurants across the country. Famous for its laid-back lifestyle, the region’s Coonawarra and Barossa Valley produce most of the famous wines around the world.

What’s even more alluring is that the cost of experiencing Adelaide’s culinary delights is much lower than any other Australian city like Melbourne or Sydney.

As the dining debate heats up in this south Australian town, learn about the top six places to eat out once you move here. From fine dining to cheap eats, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes.

restaurant dining

Africola

A busy open kitchen, flamboyant décor, and well-informed floor staff are what makes Africola a cut above. This restaurant serves up sumptuous African cuisine. You should begin with the tea sandwich that has crisp chicken skin over chicken fat and is absolutely delicious. Next up on the must-try list is biting into fresh falafels with some spicy Romesco sauce. If you don’t call a meal complete without some red meat, then try the lamb neck curry. Served with grilled lavosh and vegetables pickled in whey, this dish will warm every bone in your body. With a fine collection of wines and spirits to boot, Africola has quickly emerged as one of the most accessible and affordable destinations in Adelaide at the moment.

Botanic Gardens Restaurant

Fine dining gets a new definition in the idyllic setting of the Botanic Gardens Restaurant. Eclectic style is shown throughout the restaurant, with glass walls and whitewashed timber that lend a relaxed feel to the seating areas. There is also a quaint former tearoom in the heart of the gardens. With meals designed by acclaimed chef, Paul Baker, ingredients are sourced from the 51-acre Botanic gardens themselves. With nuanced and balanced flavours, each dish is a work of art with an emphasis on unique contemporary Australian flavours.

A few things to try on the ever-changing seasonal menu include coffee-crusted kangaroo fillets with smoked potato, rich lamb tartare folded with quandong dukkah, and fresh red cabbage with Centella. Wash it all down with some in-house vermouth and your experience is complete.

Pine Tree Drive, Botanic Gardens, Adelaide

Orana

If you are looking for innovative dishes with native ingredients, then Orana is the place to be. Bringing with him six years of experience working with these ingredients, Jock Zonfrillo keeps innovation alive here. From lemon myrtle-scented hand towels, hardwood furniture, to traditional Aboriginal artworks, everything is very Australian.

Comfortable with breaking norms and rules, the 18-taste degustation you experience at Orana will take you from a stuffed roti (Indian bread) to native jerk sauce that’s absolutely delightful. Some of the dishes that take your breath away include the rare kangaroo loin, in house kombucha and pipis that are presented in a broth of saltbush berries. However, whatever you taste or bite into, it is a piece of modern Australia that you will be experiencing.

Upper level, 285 Rundle Street, Adelaide

Orso

With a casual and contemporary setting, Orso serves luxurious comfort food that will leave you swooning. A Mediterranean palate flavours almost every dish on the menu, and the pasta, oozes love and generosity along with heaps of homemade cheese. The fat pappardelle that folds the rabbit ragu is sprinkled with roasted hazelnuts, fried sage leaves, and is a feast fit for a king.

Every dish features potatoes in some form or the other and is best represented through the restaurant’s version of croquettes stuffed with taleggio on Calabrese chilli aioli. The seafood preparations are delicious and the star of the menu is the kingfish crudo, featuring sugar snaps and finger lime.

The décor is tasteful and doesn’t go over the top as proprietor Andy Ursini believes the original beauty of the former bluestone manor should be preserved. Marble and timber adorn the vast and airy dining space, and the open kitchen sets the mood just right for an electric atmosphere every night.

36 Kensington Road, Rose Park, Adelaide

Argo

With a wide variety of dishes, Argo easily features as one of the top restaurants in Adelaide. They have two branches, one in the CDB and the other in the leafy neighbourhood of Norwood. If you are looking for some gluten-free or vegan options without emptying your wallet, then you will find your happy place here. The menu includes dishes such as smashed avocado, nitrate-free Barossa bacon, vegan juices and waffles. With over ten types of hot chocolates, burgers, and smoothie bowls, you will be spoilt for choice. As the locals say, there is no way a visit to Adelaide is complete without trying out the food served at Argo.

Argo On The Square, 4/211 Victoria Square, Adelaide

Argo On The Parade, 212 The Parade, Norwood, Adelaide

Pizza E Mozzarella Bar 

Looking for some cheap grub while sightseeing? You are in luck as Adelaide does great pizzas. You will find the best at the Pizza E Mozzarella Bar in the CBD. Following strict traditions, you will find they hand stretch the dough that gives it a fluffy texture once they come out of the oven. The long fermentation process of nearly 48 hours gives rise to a pizza crust that’s crunchy and soft at the same time. A few toppings that you might want to try include the calabrese served with nduja hot salami, chilli, and Napolitano mozzarella made from buffalo milk.

33b Pirie Street, Adelaide

Get into it!

Apart from these six, there are several other amazing restaurants such as Nordburger (Adelaide’s take on the Shake Shack), Sushi Planet, and Lantern By Nu that give Adelaide’s food scene a great name. The city’s tryst with great food and culture will leave you with unforgettable memories and will make you want to come back for more every time.

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