articles / 23 Apr 2015

Glam Adelaide's Hottest New Restaurant Guide

Hannah Pendlebury, Glam Adelaide Apr 16th, 2015

Here at Glam Adelaide it's no secret that we love trying out eateries around the state. South Australia is blessed with incredible fresh, high quality produce and our chefs are showcasing this in delicious and innovative new ways. We've taken the confusion out of choosing your next dinner spot by compiling our favourite new restaurants that have popped up in Adelaide's streets recently. It was a monstrous task but we were dedicated to helping you out Adelaide. Our waistlines may have suffered but our appetites certainly did not. Commence your mouths watering now.

2KW– Cnr. King William St and North Terrace. As mentioned in our Comprehensive New Bar Guide. This spot is the height of cool. Classy and sophisticated whist still not being pretentious. Great food and beautiful views of the city. Try the Josper Roasted Spatchcock with fennel, red radicchio, citrus, pepitas seeds and crumbled cows feta.

AfricolaР4 East Tce, Adelaide. Vibrant and bustling with character. So different from anything we've seen on our Adelaide streets for a long time. The bright and exciting d̩cor matches the vibrancy of the unique African food served here. The menu isn't very explanatory so go with an open mind and an empty stomach!

Bar Torino– 158 Hutt St, Adelaide. Again mentioned in our New Bar Guide. From the owners of Chiani Classico with a very different vibe. Fusing their expertise of five star Italian cuisine with an easy going Spanish tapas style dining has resulted in a more relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for sharing food and cocktails with friends.

Beach Burrito Company Glenelg– 56 Jetty Rd, Glenelg. Making its way across Australia by storm! Funky bar style dining with a plethora of delicious Mexican dishes to choose from. The salads come in edible fried tortilla bowls and there's much more to drink than a standard Corona. Both the venue and the menu are bursting with liveliness and flavour.

Bread and Bone– 15 Peel St, Adelaide. We would describe it as “man food” but in a glamorous setting. Mouth watering burgers, steaks and hotdogs. They don't take bookings but will always go out of their way to cater for you. If we HAD to pick our fave would the Soft Shell Crab Burger, although we also had an incredible steak that was cooked to perfection!

Clich̩Р26 O'Connell St, North Adelaide. Clich̩ blurs the line between gallery, restaurant & bar. 24 local artists have come together to fill every possible spare space of wall with stunning artwork. The menu is obviously very French oriented but still so modern and bursting with flavour. Goodbye to the stereotypical stale bread and stinky cheese fallacy of French cuisine. It's the answer to French dining that Adelaide has needed for so long.

Ginza Miyako– 150 North Tce, Adelaide. Ginza Miyako restaurant has presented us with dish after dish of delicious Japanese-French fusion cuisine since opening late last year. You can choose to immerse yourself in the Japanese culture and dine seated in traditional style, seated on the floor or alternatively if you're wearing a skirt you can sit in the immaculate western dining area. They have just launched some new and exciting dishes to their menu, including vegan options. Read our full article here.
Hill of Grace– Adelaide Oval, North Adelaide. Sophisticated is probably an understatement here. This is the peak of fine dining in Adelaide with an impressive 160 strong wine list and fresh local produce creating an incredible menu. If you're looking for a very special new dining location this is your destination. We recommend the 8 course degustation to transport you to a world of dining bliss.

Jamie's Italian– Cnr. King William St and North Terrace. Quintessential Italian dishes brought to you by the King of the Kitchen himself, Mr Jamie Oliver. Ok, so Jamie isn't actually slaving away in the kitchen for you (although he did recently visit his Adelaide restaurant read more here) but the food is so spot on that you'd never know it didn't come from his hands. A great rustic feel inside and affordable price points for all.

Jarmer's Kitchen– 18 Park Tce, Bowden. Their mantra is that produce and flavours should be simple but presented with passion and flair, and their menu reflects this perfectly. A meal is best celebrated with your loved ones and this venue is the perfect place to do so. The local made Pork & Fennel Sausage with roasted peppers, goats cheese & sticky balsamic is full of flavour but encompasses their casual dining style.

Kaffana Bar– 23 Peel St. Again mentioned in our New Bar Guide. Something a little different to try. Traditional Serbian food and drink are served here. They boast over 27 types of Serbian Plum Brandy on the shelves and delicious tender meat in abundance. It's certainly one for the carnivores in your life.

Kangkong– 44 Waymouth St, Adelaide. It's actually not even open yet but we're so excited we're putting it on the list. Read our full article on the upcoming Asian fusion restaurant here.

La Boca Bar and Grill– 150 North Terrace, Adelaide. An Argentinian experience! Amazing South Australian meat prepared the traditional Argentinean way, slow-cooked to perfection on the Asador grill right before your eyes. The grill was actually built IN Argentina, hows that for authentic? The restaurant has comfy booths or high bars depending on your preferred style of dining, all in a modern setting. Brought to you with all the class you can expect for a Stamford restaurant.

La Buvette– 2/27 Gresham St. Also in our New Bar Guide. French Wine Bar by trade but with some delicious French meals to nibble on whilst you're enjoying a vino or an aperitif. Grab the escargot. Go on, get a little Ooh La La into you.

La Rambla– 28 Peel St, Adelaide. It's another one from our bar guide but it's a favourite so you need to try it! Just like this fabulous Spanish tapas bar's namesake, Peel Street is most certainly alive and vibrant. Get a true Spanish feel with mouth watering and truly authentic tapas pintxos and montaditos washed down by refreshing cocktails, Spanish wine and of course sangria. The staff are a fun and enthusiastic bunch who always go the extra mile.

Little NNQ– 125 Gouger St, Adelaide. This spot is often filled to the brim so we'd recommend booking ahead to avoid being turned away. Their menu is full of incredible fresh Asian treats like soups, salads and dumplings. The menu shown on the Facebook page is NOT the full menu available so make sure you get down there to see everything that's on offer. The make your own cold rolls is really fun, but you can always get the chef made ones if you're a lacking the skills (like us.)

Madame Hanoi– Adelaide Casino, North Tce. A Vietnamese- French fusion of powerful flavours. Bistro style dining at an affordable price point too. Try the Banh Bao Heo Quay (yeah we can't pronounce it either so don't worry) which is an Asian bun stuffed with crispy pork belly, green papaya, pickled cucumber and roasted peanuts.

Mayflower Restaurant and Bar– 45 King William St, Adelaide. This place has not been given the recognition it deserves since opening this year. The setting is stunning as is the food. Picked as one of the best places to eat in the country by Gourmet Traveller. This place is a step back in time to a more refined period where eating at a hotel was a classy affair. There's carvery and dessert trolleys that add that old-school touch whilst serving up modern five star quality.

Olea- Electra House, 131 King William St, Adelaide. The upstairs restaurant of the newly renovated Electra House has taken the city by storm. It's opening was much anticipated and did not disappoint (check out our article and stunning images here). The Modern Greek food combines ingredients brought over from Greece with our South Australian produce to really highlight the quality of our homegrown produce.
Orana– 285 Rundle St, Adelaide. Probably the earliest entry on the guide that we still classify as ‘new.' Upstairs from his funky casual bar eatery Street ADL chef Jock Zonfrillo has brought a fine dining experience that only a man of his kitchen wizardry could master. The price tag matches the fine dining quality but don't let this deter you. With things like Crocodile, green mango & black pepper and Marron, sweet clover & vinegar mother on the menu it will be an experience you remember for the rest of your life.

Patch Kitchen & Garden– 143 Mount Barker Rd, Stirling. Wholesome seasonal local produce. The menu is small but hearty and a great place to enjoy with a family or without. The vibe is country cosy and makes you feel at home. If you have kids they host great activities such as Kids Rainbow Yoga (to calm their crazy little souls) and have a fenced area with a cubby, sandpit, chicken coop and veggie gardens to keep them entertained while you're dining.

Peel Street– 9 Peel Street, Adelaide. Another one from our bar guide, but as mentioned in said guide, much more of a restaurant. Always book ahead as this small venue packs out quickly. Every last dish is lip-licking amazing! I try to go with as large of a group as possible to ensure I get to taste as many things on the menu as possible! *to my friends that may be reading this- sorry, your company is alright but I'm really here for the food.

Schnithouse– 260 Rundle St, Adelaide. We visited Schnithouse for opening week and honestly loved the menu. We know what you're thinking because we thought it too: I can just get a schnitty at the pub. You could… but it won't be like this. You can choose from veal, chicken, pork or eggplant schnitzel. You can have it crumbed or grilled (or even gluten free crumbed) AND the list of possible toppings is extensive to say the least. The staff gave us a great giggle as did some of the dish names (‘Pig in Schnit' ‘Lazy Schnit' and ‘Pile of Schnit'). Cheeky, indulgent and tasty.

Sean's Kitchen– Station Rd, Adelaide. When one of Australia and New Zealand's most respected chefs opens a restaurant at Adelaide Casino people stand up and listen. This restaurant covers everything. It brings a swanky New York vibe to SA and you can go in for a casual beer and burger or fine dine with the incredible set menu or sharing menus for larger groups. Where rustic meets glamour. A must eat.

Sit Lo– 30 Bank St, Adelaide. A tiny little hole in the wall but packed with attitude. Vietnamese fresh zesty food such as baos and pho and delicious quick salads. Get yourself one of the blended coconut and mint smoothie slushy things to wash it all down.

Sushi Planet– 60 West Tce, Adelaide. It's sushi like we've never seen in Adelaide. The venue is glamorous and chic and the food is to match. They've just launched their new menu (see our article here) and it's packed with new and eccentric flavours. They've also focused on ‘clean eating' with vegan options and an entirely gluten and refined sugar free dessert menu so you don't even feel guilty!

Tana Ethiopian Cuisine– 119 Grange Rd, Allenby Gardens. Ethiopian? We hear you say. Yes Ethiopian. It's flavorsome, packed with spices and really affordable. We love that it's different from your standard curry and the staff are very welcoming.

Villa 77– 77 Unley Rd, Parkside. Spanish is definitely the cuisine of the moment. The Unley area is dominated by Italian and Indian restaurants so Villa 77 is a refreshing change. This restaurant is authentic Spanish tapas and we love the Paella de Verduras (vegetarian paella to share).
If we've missed any of your favourite new Adelaide restaurants let us know! We'd love to try something new.

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