Below is a list of my favourite restaurants / cafes. They are consistently great. Definitely worth trying.
Our yearly visit to one of our favourite restaurants in McLaren Vale was a must. There are certainly a lot of hidden gems up in McLaren Vale, and for those of you whom know me, I am in love with this whole wine region. Oh D'Arry's D'Arry's, you have once again impressed our tastebuds.
We were invited to Windy Point by Chef Justin Miles, and little did we know we were all in for a surprise. We were treated to a degustation menu, not just a normal degustation but a vegetable degustation menu followed by matching wines. Now let me take you to a night of amazing food of just vegetables, yes I mean just vegetables.
Pickled pig offers 'dego nights' and we were lucky when we were there, the degustation was on. For only $85, the quality of the food looked like what you would get in a five star restaurant. Next time you visit Warrnambool, make sure you pay Pickled Pig a visit and try their dego nights! It is a hidden gem and I am sure you will leave this place very satisfied.
South Australia is famous for its wonderful wine regions. Hentley Farm is located in the Barossa Valley and won the best winery of the year for 2015. Set on the corner of Gerald Roberts and Jenke Roads in the beautiful land of Seppeltsfield in the Barossa Valley. Enjoy a nice drive with amazing vineyards on either side. Enjoy a discovery degustation menu which takes four hours to indulge. I would recommend dining at Hentley Farm Restaurant for that special occasion!
The Playford Restaurant has always been one of my top listed restaurants. Just before I went on holidays, I decided to dine here again. I have forgotten to mention in my last post, this year you no longer need to hang out by your letter box waiting for the special piece of paper, the Festival of Food voucher. There is an app which can be downloaded onto your smart phone and it works just the same. When you arrive at the restaurant hand your device to a friendly staff member and they will enter a code and your stamp is redeemed from that restaurant. A very clever idea.
If you are making a trip to McLaren Vale, I recommend a visit to Coriole. Try their cellar door, taste some delicious olives and dine at the beautiful restaurant in front of the fireplace. Then have a sip of their wonderful Shiraz, and it definitely won't take long to warm you up.
Woodstock Winery is on Douglas Road in McLaren Flat. After some bendy roads, we have arrived at the winery. The winery offers a cellar door and a restaurant named 'Coterie'. In fact Coterie is the first restaurant built in the wine region of the beautiful McLaren Vale. The autumn menu offers some delicious choices, ranging from regional platters to scrumptious steaks.
Sean's kitchen is one of the most talked about restaurants in Adelaide. It is located right below the Adelaide Sky City Casino. Without a booking, it is so difficult to get a seat. I would advise booking well in advance to avoid disappointment. I have been there for breakfast quite a few times, and this time it was for dinner.
Yes it is almost that time of the year for Festival of Food again, but this time Windy Point Cafe has proudly brought to you the festival of food a little early. I do advise to book, as they can get quite busy.
I was invited by Justin Miles from Windy Point Restaurant to sample the 2015 Summer Degustation Menu. I have visited this restaurant many times now , whether it would be birthday or anniversary. It has been a long time favourite for me.
Woohoo, I am ecstatic that O'Connell Street has opened up Cliche - The Wonderful Winkler Gallery. There is simply nothing like this in Adelaide, and they have smartly incorporated art into a restaurant and bar. As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by a friendly staff member.
A stunning view whether you're seated inside or outside of the restaurant, the restaurant itself is not very big so booking is recommended, especially on the weekends. The restaurant doesn't have any fancy decorations, but gosh their food was no ordinary food.
I am not into footy, and therefore haven't had the privilege to visit the Adelaide Oval. I have only seen pictures on TV and it always looked amazing. As soon as I found out a fine dining restaurant was opening, I was very excited. I went to the Hill of Grace Restaurant for one of my birthday dinners.
Settlement wines - one of my favourite wineries no longer exists. In fact it is now called Beach Road Wines. Apart from the name change, the people, the wines, everything else seemed just as familiar. The setting was the same, although the food menu has changed slightly.
Refined dining, local produce!!
If you have an afternoon to spare, I suggest you take a trip to McLaren Vale to visit the beautiful winery of Maxwell. There is a restaurant on site called Ellen Street Restaurant and this is where I will be taking you through these yummy photos.
I thought I would post some more photos from one of my favourite cafes. Yes I went there again and again. Excellent atmosphere, fresh produce, friendly staff and delicious food!!!
World class dining at an excellent location and amazing views!!
This restaurant is located at one of Adelaide's unique location, Windy Point. Hence the name Windy Point restaurant. It is located approximately 15 minutes away from the city if you're driving. Do allow yourself sometime to drive up to the restaurant, as the roads are quite windy, but it is a lovely drive up the hill, with excellent scenery on the way. Now don't get mixed up, there is a Windy Point Cafe and a Windy Point restaurant. This time I shall tell you my experience at the Windy Point Restaurant.
Great food in a lovely atmosphere!!
We went to try out the winter's degustation menu on the first day it came out. Lucky we did because it was absolutely amazing!! First a little bit about the restaurant, The Kitchen Door restaurant is located at the Penny's Hill Winery in the famous McLaren Vale. The cellar door is opened for wine tasting, and the restaurant is opened everyday but Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The degustation menu is only available on Sundays. The winery itself was very easy to locate, there were plenty of signs to direct you.
World class fine dining!!
This has been one of my favourite restaurants for a long long time. It is located at the River Torrens, very conveniently location. There are plenty of parking spaces, however make sure you collect a sheet from the entrance and place on your dashboard before you dine. If you don't you could potentially receive a fine. The parking spaces are for patrons at Red Ochre and also River Cafe. Both restaurants share the same entrance, River Cafe is located on the lower level whereas you need to take the stairs on your left to Red Ochre.
A few hungry stomachs took us to another restaurant from the Festival of Food. The Playford Restaurant has participated in this festival for as long as I have used the voucher. It is located on the ground floor or the old Radisson Playford now called Sebel hotel. For the purpose of dining at the restaurant, we could park for free for the first three hours on the Victoria Street carpark. There is a lounge where you can have pre dinner drinks. The atmosphere was great, there was a live band on stage because it was a Saturday night.
Fluffy scrambled eggs!!
I love the Adelaide Central Market, it is a place where you can find the freshest produce. I love fresh fruits, vegetables, bakeries and more important the smell of food from cafes. Located on the Grote Street side was this cafe called 'Big Table'. The stall is not very big with a few high stools around the stall, and there are other tables and chairs where they are shared between a few cafes. The menu is right inside the stall on a board high up. There are always people there, if you are lucky you can sit at the high stool and there you will get a great view of how busy they are.
The best hot pot in town!!
There's nothing better to do than to dine in at Mandoo Dumplings on a cold night. We arrived there during dinner time and were welcomed by the owner Dikong. The restaurant was pretty much full house, and we were lucky to be seated down at a table near the window. We noticed that Pete Evans from 'My Kitchen Rules' had been here before, and he commented that Mandoo has the best Korean food in Australia. I agree.
Fining dining at a stunning location!!
I have reviewed this restaurant before, and it is in my top recommendations page. It still remains as one of my favourite restaurants in Adelaide. Always good food, friendly service and in a great atmosphere with the beautiful view of the River Torrens. This time I am going to review the Festival of Food at this restaurant.
We had the Festival of Foods on the Friday night, and of course we had to book beforehand as it is always busy. We were seated down at our table by a friendly staff member. Ciabatta breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar was served whilst we were enjoying our bottle of the Yalumba cabernet sauvignon. The prices on the wine list was pretty reasonable.
There are two Argo Cafe's in Adelaide, one in Victoria square in the Adelaide CBD and the other one is located in Norwood. Yes the name says it all. It is located on the convenient Parade.
A few weeks back, after our running session on a Saturday, we decided to go and try out Argo on the Parade. It is always full of customers inside with other people lining up outside. You can't miss it on the Parade as it is very colourful inside and out. The Cafe itself is quite big, and there are at least 15 people working on the floor and behind the counter, not including the kitchen.
There were pages and pages to choose from the menu. There were classic plates, sandwiches, specialty breakfasts and breakfast-desserts. Certainly there was nothing wrong with that. It just took a while before we could decide what to order. We were approached by friendly staff member, she took our order and although it was super busy, our food did not take long to arrive at our table.
Best coffee in Adelaide!!
I have heard a lot of good comments about this cafe, so I thought I would make a trip there. It was lucky I did, because I had a cup of the best cappuccino. The little coffee shop is just off Greenhill Road, plenty of parking spaces on either side of the shop, or on the wide street. We arrived there just after four on a Friday afternoon, not knowing that the cafe closes at 4pm. We were welcomed by a very nice man behind the counter. He kindly let us in and we were able to order coffees. He did not rush us out what so ever, instead he patiently made the best coffee for us.
Saganaki eggs are awesome!!
I think the name pretty much says it all. Located on Halifax Street in the middle of the CBD was this Greek restaurant. Beautiful settings outside with the big white umbrellas, or if you prefer, there are indoor sittings, or there is a private room capable to hold a function. There are plenty of parking spaces along Halifax Street. I have been here for breakfast, brunch and dinner, but this time I am mainly going to blog about the breakfast here.
There are not very many Greek restaurants in Adelaide, in fact there is only a handful. This is got to be my favourite one. Convenient location and friendly service and food that are of good quality and all at a reasonably price.
I am always looking for new places to eat. This cafe has been around for a while. I went there at least twice now and both times had been pleasant experiences. Not far from the Adelaide CBD, down on Unley Road was this cafe. It is very distinct, a kitchen knife is the door handle. There are a few tables and chairs, or there are some stools if you prefer sitting near the coffee machine at the back. Otherwise there are plenty of room at the back outside. This cafe is always busy for breakfasts. When we went there it was always full.
Best zucchini fritters in town
I went to one of the many cafes in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago, near the beachfront. The furniture was not very inspiring, but the view was stunning. There were people running along side the beach, walking the dogs or simply chatting away. It was very busy when we went but we were lucky enough to have a table outside. We were there for breakfast.
Bonjour! Beautiful french patisserie and delicious breakfasts!
Melbourne is full of nice breakfast places, but this one I really liked and definitely want to share with you all. It brought back memories from when I was in Paris. Located in South Melbourne down the back of Coventry Street was this lovely Cafe. There was really a Paris feel to it.
Xiao Lung Bao, soup filled dumpling is a must try
Don't know where to go for dumplings - Xiao Long Bao? Plenty of tables and spread over three floors. Doesn't matter what time of the day or what time of the week, this place is always fully booked. Make a booking if you don't want to be disappointed.
We have been to this restaurant many times, and now it's time to sit down and write a review about this place.