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The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - BEST FOR 2013 FOOD TRAILS -

Break­fast

be­tween Gouger and Grote streets, is Ade­laide’s culi­nary heart and the best place to start your food-lovers’ tour (other than Sun­day and Mon­day, when it is closed). (ph 08 8231 2303; lu­cias.com.au) has been nour­ish­ing the mar­ket’s cus­tomers and stall­hold­ers for more than 50 years. Just east of the city cen­tre,

(160 Fullar­ton Rd, Rose Park; ph 08 8331 2400; ur­ban­bistro.com.au) is renowned for its in­ven­tive early morn­ing of­fer­ings that might in­clude blue swim­mer crab omelet or corn and co­conut frit­ters.

Or head out for a drive and see the Ade­laide Hills in the misty morn­ing light. Hah­n­dorf is only 30 min­utes away and you’re sure to fall for the rus­tic charm of (90 Main St, Hah­n­dorf; ph 08 8388 7669; the­white­house­ad­e­laide­hills.com.au)

Lunch

One of Ade­laide’s great strengths is the close prox­im­ity of its wine re­gions, each with its own food heroes in­spired by the pro­duce at their fin­ger­tips. Head­ing south, McLaren Vale is less than an hour away.

(Os­born Rd, McLaren Vale; ph 08 8329 4848; dar­rysveran­dah.com.au) and the

(Main Rd, McLaren Vale; ph 08 8556 4000; pen­nyshill.com.au) both ex­cel in their cel­lar-door set­tings, with vine­yard views. In an old cottage in Wil­lunga,

(8 Hill St, Wil­lunga; ph 08 8556 4488; fino.net.au) has won a swag of awards for its in­spired, pro­duce-driven cook­ing and suc­cinct wine list.

In the op­po­site di­rec­tion, the Barossa Val­ley is close enough for a day trip – but you’ll want to stay longer.

(cnr Ger­ald Roberts Rd and Jenke Rd, Sep­pelts­field; ph 08 8562 8427; hent­ley­farm.com.au), a cel­lar door and res­tau­rant in a lov­ingly re­stored his­toric cottage and sta­bles, of­fers an af­ter­noon of culi­nary dis­cov­ery, while the

(The Louise, Sep­pelts­field Rd, Marananga; ph 08 8562 4144; ap­pel­la­tion.com.au) has a new, young team in the kitchen. But the Barossa’s most pleas­ant sur­prise is (90 Mur­ray St, Ta­nunda; ph 08 8563 0765; fer­men­tasian.com.au), where Viet­namese-born Tuoi Do does won­der­ful things.

Din­ner

Reign­ing chef of the year Ay­han Erkoc uses pro­duce from his fam­ily mar­ket gar­den to cre­ate artful com­po­si­tions of flavours at (95 Gouger St, City; ph 08 8231 6023; cel­sius­restau­rant.com.au). In a more re­laxed set­ting,

(40 Way­mouth St, City; ph 08 8211 8048; press­foodand wine.com.au) is open through the day for any­thing from a snack to a feast.

On a balmy evening, it’s hard to beat (1 Jol­leys Lane, City; ph 08 8223 2891; jol­leys­boathouse.com), where Tony Car­roll pro­duces con­sis­tently de­li­cious food in a lovely riverside set­ting, or, a short pad­dle down­stream, (War Memo­rial Drive, North Ade­laide; ph 08 8211 8555; re­dochre.com.au), with its clever, light-handed use of na­tive in­gre­di­ents.

For Ital­ian, (22 Grote St, City; ph 08 8410 9332; auge.com.au) is suave and so­phis­ti­cated, (160 Hutt St, City; ph 08 8232 7955; chi­anti­clas­sico.com.au) and (46 Port Rd, Hind­marsh; ph 08 8346 2786; en­zos­ris­torante.com.au) of­fer a mix of tradition and won­der­ful en­ergy and

(29 Frome St, City; ph 08 8223 1948) is noisy and chaotic.

On the Asian scene, (242 Hutt St, City; ph 08 8232 0944) of­fers a more con­tem­po­rary take on Ja­panese eat­ing, with tasting plates of small tit-bits and ex­otic com­bi­na­tions, along­side ex­cel­lent sushi, sashimi and tem­pura.

Si­mon Wilkin­son

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