Jock Zonfrillo wants to “demonstrate the value of native ingredients and how delicious they are”. Dégustations of up to 20 courses at his 31-seat dining room (restaurantorana.com) shouldn’t be missed.
This contemporary Italian establishment (osteriaoggi.com.au) serves arguably the best housemade pasta south of Italy. The décor isn’t too shabby, either – this year the fit-out won the World Interiors News award for best restaurant interior.
BOTANIC GARDENS RESTAURANT
With his diner’s unique location in Adelaide Botanic Garden (botanicgardensrestaurant. com.au), chef Paul Baker has a vast and varied kitchen garden at his fingertips. His goal? “To champion the [botanic] garden and showcase Adelaide and South Australian producers.”
THE POT BY EMMA McCASKILL
The first eatery (thepotfoodandwine.com.au) in Simon Kardachi’s restaurant empire has just received a modern update, courtesy of chef Emma McCaskill, formerly of Penfolds’ Magill Estate Restaurant.
THE MARKET SHED ON HOLLAND
This Sunday market (1 Holland Street; 0411 201 760) has a community focus, a laid-back vibe and a diverse range of food purveyors. The vegie burgers are always popular and one of the stalls serves local wine by the glass or bottle. This is Sunday done right.
WHISTLE & FLUTE
This savvy café and liquor-bar hybrid (whistle andflute.com.au) has a casual menu bursting with Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Asian flavours. It’s the perfect Saturday brunch.
Duncan Welgemoed’s new North Africaninspired menu (africola.com.au) features more vegies and fish than his previous incarnation and sets a new benchmark for deliciousness.
Adam Liston uprooted from Melbourne to helm this Kardachi-owned Asian barbecue house (shobosho.com.au) where the ever-evolving menu is packed with Japanese-inspired flavour bombs. Easily the best opening of the year.
THE TASTING ROOM
Vino is one of the bedrocks of this town and the ultimate haunt is The Tasting Room at East End Cellars (eastendcellars.com.au). Other great places include cocktail den Alfred’s Bar (alfredsbar.com.au) and Five O’Clock Somewhere (fiveoclocksomewhere.com.au). Still hungry? Follow the cool kids to Sunny’s (sunnys.pizza) for pizza and dancing. Enjoy global flavours at Peel St (peelst.com.au). Tuck into burgers at Bread & Bone Wood Grill (breadandbone.com. au). Have a late-night feast at The Propaganda Club (thepropagandaclub.com.au). Try Afghan dishes at Parwana (parwana.com.au). And get your caffeine fix at Crack Kitchen (crackkitchen. com.au) or Monday’s (mondays.coffee).