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)
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.
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.