Adelaide, or Radelaide amongst the locals, is an untouched gem. Those who live here know of the laid-back lifestyle, a live music scene worth raving about and food alone that demands an inter-state visit. Oh there’s a wine region too, so close that you can’t get a sub par glass anywhere. But don’t listen to me, I’ve never been, here’s where the locals get their fine food and cheeky eats.
Fine Australian cuisine and well matched wine, this is truly a fine dining experience. Sure it’s a little exxy but go on and treat yo’self. It’s the highest rated dinner in Adelaide after all. Blogger at Of Style and Substance, Cayleigh says “I went here back in February for Valentine’s Day and was soooo impressed! Not just delicious food, but a memorable experience. Such unique, exciting flavours, beautiful presentation and attention to detail. I also loved all the beautiful pottery that art which the food was presented. If you’re a foodie, this is one that can’t be missed!”
#2 Miss Perez
Venturing beyond the CBD you’ll find yourself in the fine Adelaide Hills where Miss Perez is a welcome taste. Warm, inviting and delicious there’s a little slice of something for everyone here. Tacos, burgers, Spanish tidbits and an abundant wine list. “This drink selection really gives you a good idea of Miss Perez’s theme. Che (the owner) noted that the restaurant wasn’t Spanish or South American or Mexican but a fusion of all those Latin flavours. So just as the drinks are eclectic, the canapés worked in a similar vein.” says Alex, blogger at Eating Adelaide. Ps. There’s $6 Taco Tuesdays to gorge yourself on.
#3 Osteria Oggi
Pasta, pasta and more pasta but this Italian eatery has flair beyond your favourite carbs. The interiors are minimalist and light, light wood finishes and intimate table settings. It’s a local hotspot, Shaun of blog Feed Me Adelaide agrees “The food is naturally quite pasta dominant, but there are some extremely interesting share plates and items ‘from the oven’ to be enjoying too. The menu is regularly changing, so there will always be something there to take your fancy or sample something different.”
Afghan food at it’s very best, but make sure to book and bring cash. Locals love it so much there’s a cult following. Middle Eastern dumplings, meat galore and a sprinkle of spice throughout. A trip away with each bite. Mirko of blog On The Chopping Board agrees “A very cheap and filling meal. For those of you who have not experienced middle-eastern food, and may be worried about the spice factor (think Indian), give Parwana a go. It’s a safe alternative which may be an in-road into middle-eastern cuisine.”
Local produce, an old world interior and cocktails to match; Apothecary is the perfect mix. So expect a fusion of Middle Eastern and European flavours, escargot, carpaccio and duck liver pate all make an appearance. Shaun of Feed Me Adelaide notes if you’re all about the wine Apothecary is where it’s at, “At Apothecary 1878 taste some of the best wines in the region, matched perfectly with meticulously-selected dishes.”
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