HUNGRY? YOUR PLACE IS SET AT ADELAIDE'S BEST RESTAURANTS.
From 16-course degustations, to authentic Napoli-style pizzerias, African-inspired diners and fine-dining in historic cellar doors, Adelaide dishes up some incredible restaurants. Sample your way around the city's best places to eat and drink on a gastronomic safari with our guide to Adelaide's best restaurants 2021.
1. AFRICOLA, ADELAIDE CBD
One of the hottest tables in town, Africola is best enjoyed when shared. Let the spices of Northern Africa unleash your adventurous spirit to try something wonderfully unfamiliar. Opt for the sumptuous four course chef’s selection or fill your table with plates like golden dahl, sprouted lentils, fried cauliflower, sardine with harissa, falafel and marinated eggplant. With chef Duncan Welgeoed’s raving fans and great value, Africola is one of the best restaurants in Adelaide so make sure you book ahead.
2. SHOBOSHO, ADELAIDE CBD
If your experience of Japanese cuisine is limited to plastic sushi plates rolling around a conveyor belt, then head to Leigh Street’s Shobosho and prepare for a flavour revelation. The latest venture from prolific South Australian restauranteur Simon Kardachi and with executive chef Adam Liston at the helm after stints in Shanghai and Melbourne, the Japanese-inspired menu blends smoke, steam and fire – the ancient traditions of Japanese yakitori. Raw, cured, pickled and fermented dishes complement smoky flavours with sashimi, noodles, yakitori, dumplings and bao on the menu. Décor is slick, rich and warm with a distinctly Japanese feel. The kitchen is open all day serving lunch and snacks, then dinner and drinks.
3. MADRE, ADELAIDE CBD
Sea water from the Mediterranean, Tipo 00 flour sourced straight from Italy and a little bit of science are the secrets behind Adelaide’s best traditional Napoli-style pizza. The result? A light, airy and down-right delicious pizza base that has rightly earned Madre a place on our list of Adelaide’s best restaurants. It’s little wonder the pizza is so good, Madre is from the same team behind McLaren Vale’s Pizzateca and head pizzaiolo Ettore Bertonati has a PhD in chemistry. Madre's menu features eight minimally topped but flavour-packed pizzas, calzone and a huge range of sides and salads, and the extensive Italian wine selection is equally exciting. Vegan Mozarella is available too, for your herbivore friends. Can’t decide? Leave it up to the chefs and sample the best bits of the menu with the shared degustation.
4. FISHBANK, ADELAIDE
Whole fish, caviar, oysters, sashimi, prawns, mussels, scallops, lobster, crab, pipis, squid and more; no less than 30 different kinds of seafood are on the menu at Fishbank. And the love of all things ocean doesn't end at the food. After-dinner cocktails carry on the sea theme. The Dorsal Gin is a favourite with local gin, vermouth bianco, fennel and citrus bitters, or sip the Now You Sashimi - an unlikely blend of vodka, wasabi, yuzu, mandarin and pickled ginger. Taking up residence in a grand former bank on King William Street in the heart of Adelaide, this seafood lover's paradise is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
5. ITL, ADELAIDE
Italian-born head chef Luca Guiotto complements his traditional, handmade pasta and pizza bases with seasonal local produce at iTL. The open kitchen produces sophisticated but simple Italian food and along with a bar stacked high with local and Italian wines, forms the centre piece for the iTL. One of four restaurants in the new SkyCity development, the 200-seat casual-dining restaurant is perfectly positioned on North Terrace, next to Adelaide Casino and within walking distance of the Festival Centre, Adelaide Oval and the bars of East End, Peel St and Leigh St.
6. FINO VINO, ADELAIDE CBD
One of South Australia’s best regional restaurants – Fino at Seppeltsfield – is now more accessible for hungry city slickers. Fino Vino, an urban interpretation of the iconic Barossa restaurant, is nestled in Adelaide’s Flinders Street. With a philosophy focused on seasonal produce, supporting local producers, growers and vignerons and minimal waste production, the menu is a fresh, tapas-style affair matched by chic, yet rustic interiors. With booths, communal tables, kitchen seating and a bar, it’s the perfect space for after work drinks and a bite to eat.