Info Request: best adelaide restaurant experience

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Info Request: best adelaide restaurant experience

Postby Julie » Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:27 pm

I;m in Adelaide next weekend and am being taken out for my birthday dinner - what are your fav restaurants? -I could do funky and BYO through to a sensational eating experience?
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Postby Jamie Hong Kong » Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:25 pm

Magill Estate is great as a tourist. Reasonably priced back vintages.

Hopefully, the ADL crew will be able to inform you of what is hot in the dining scene at the moment.
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Postby Guest 389 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:41 am

For finer dining check out The Manse (modern Australian in North Adelaide) and Magill Estate (molecular, great views) - at both I'd go degustation menu (but feel free to delete some meats and replace with veg as they're often very rich!).

Auge is also good Italian here in the city. Enoteca also offers wonderful Italian food but the ambience is a little clinical (but a sweet spot for lunch).

Jolley's Boathouse is casual in feel but the food is very fine indeed (nice views over the river and with a bit of an outdoor/indoor feeling).

Vincenzo's at Parkside is outstanding food but it's not in the same slickness for service/overall package as some of the others - but you can't complain about their enthusiasm. I personally love it!

For Indian, Jasmin Indian in the city is a standout and bit of an icon in Adelaide. Utterly reliably and you're guaranteed a good night.

The Pot Food & Wine (in the burbs) is good for smaller meals and offers dining throughout the day. It's small and cramped but generally fun. Food can be excellent but there's been a few mixed experiences.

The best Japanese is at Kenji in Adelaide. The 'kaiseki' menu is outstanding and changes daily.

For casual eating Good Life Mordern Organic Pizza can be good, Yakitori Takumi in Melbourne Street North Adelaide is good for yakitori (tapas-style grilled meats/vegies, beer, sake, BYO wine). China Town offers some cheap gems too like T-Chow, Wah Hing, China Town Cafe, Hong Fat etc.

If you're heading out to McLaren Vale check out Fino in Willunga. In the Adelaide Hills both The Lane and Bridgewater Mill are worth checking out.

In the Barossa, Appelation is the restaurant if you can get in. Casual eating Murdock's tapas place is good.

If you have specific needs (children, vegetarian, certain part of town/suburbs...) or preferences some more specialist places could be mentioned but hopefully it's a start!
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Postby mf » Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:06 pm

I can't offer much generally but something I always find handy when I go interstate is the Top 10 restaurant by region on the Gourmet Traveller website - per this link http://gourmettraveller.com.au/top_10_r ... region.htm

Quite handy as another reference and also to check whether restaurants opening time and whether they are BYO (although still probably best to call and check). For example, Auge and Enoteca are listed as BYO.
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Postby Julie » Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:49 pm

thanks ehaps everyone - thats a wonderful start!
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Postby nicholas » Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:21 pm

Star Of Greece is very good...
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Postby Guest 389 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:35 pm

I haven't been to SOG for a while Nicholas, when was the last time you made it? I should get back... !
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Postby nicholas » Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:57 pm

A couple of times last year; should get back there early next...

The wine storage leaves a lot to be desired, though I found the food excellent...

Missed a flight one trip and had a great dinner at enoteca instead; much better than being on a plane !

Keen to have a look at Jordan's Goolwa restaurant- have you heard anything?
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Postby Guest 389 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:32 pm

Aquacaf is literally a kiosk. In this warmer weather it's great to sit outside. Small wine list and small menu. But what they do they do really well. Almost always booked unless you pull strings or can be organised weeks/months in advance esp. in warmer months. I wonder if it's what they dreamed... a stress free country cafe? It's now a really busy, crowded, country cafe full of city folk! :lol: But everything I've had has been outstanding! My folks live in Goolwa and they go as often as they can. That's a revelation when they used to enjoy the local pizza !
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Sammy's

Postby Julie » Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:16 pm

anyone been to Sammy's at Glenelg?
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Postby Guest 389 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 8:22 am

Sammy's is for a segment that enjoys a night out if they don't go out often. My parents enjoyed it. I can't stand it. Think average seafood cooked plainly.

Do you have a price point in mind?
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Postby Julie » Wed Oct 28, 2009 8:48 am

That'll explain why my folks like it :):) thanks for the tip

- no particular price point. Felt like somewhere with some atmosphere and fun (AND great food and wine (or BYO)) ... that doesn't sound like Sammy's :)
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Postby Matau » Wed Oct 28, 2009 8:52 am

Sparrow in North Adelaide is good too

http://www.sparrowkitchenandbar.com.au/home.html

mmmmm.....duck dounuts
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Postby michel » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:20 pm

Vincenzo's at Parkside is outstanding food but it's not in the same slickness for service/overall package as some of the others - but you can't complain about their enthusiasm. I personally love it!



Seriously everyone this restaurant is one of the best experiences I have had in years and years
service , food and glassware was stunning
I took my child with me as well and she was looked after

I gave the kitchen the leftover white and red burgundy (blain gagnard 06 and clos de marachele 06) as they just showered us with tasters of extra food all night :lol:
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Postby Matau » Thu Nov 05, 2009 6:07 pm

Off to Star of Greece, Fino, Russells, d'Arrys and Aquacaf in Goolwa next week....noice
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