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Saturday Febraury 20, 2016
So you’re in Adelaide for the Fringe and Adelaide Festival. We have the low down for you.
Ann Oliver, food editor and publisher of Galaxy Guides and Kaaren Palmer, Galaxy Guides Champagne Editor share their favourites.

So let’s get in the mood to enjoy Adelaide and start with Kaaren Palmer’s WHERE TO DRINK CHAMPAGNE IN ADELAIDE. In fact it doesn’t matter where you are in Australia Kaaren’s guides are the best way to start out in a city.

Drinking…in Adelaide, has undergone the greatest transformation in the last five years. A change in licensing laws opening up new opportunities for young, and not so young entrepeneurs. Of course during the Adelaide Fringe there are any number of pop–ups and this year the Royal Croquet Club is getting rave reviews for a better than ever offering of food and beverage. For a very comprehensive list we think that GlamAdelaide gets it pretty right click here to see their list. Not on their list and very new is the Pink Moon Saloon which is receiving universal admiration from the hospitality trade and punters alike.

Shopping…in Adelaide, is a quirky thing but we have a few favourites that our overseas guests, even the most well travelled and sophisticated and/or picky, always rave about.

in the city
The Antique Market, Grote Street Adelaide just across from the Hilton Hotel. An absolute treasure trove of just about everything from fantastic collectible costume jewelry that New Yorkers go nuts about, to fine antique silver and china ware, toys and wait for it, vintage clothing. If you have a day to spare this is a very good place to spend it and you can take breaks with good coffee and food just across the road at the Adelaide Central Markets. We have a very soft spot for Lucia's Fine Foods and of course you cannot come to Adelaide without eating at least a few, Haigh’s milk chocolate frogs (or toads as one very annoying American insisted on calling them!!!)

Rundle Street East boasts more predictable upper end shopping, but, we have our quirky favourites in Miss Gladys Sym Choon, Bau Haus Adelaide and BIMBO. The East End also boasts one of Adelaide’s best bottle shops, East End Cellars and the perfect place to grab a couple of bottles to take back to digs or send a more substantial selection to wherever you live in the world. They also have a tasting room perfect for a few drinks and snacks.

The Norwood Parade, is an easy bus ride from the city and has a few good shops. Strolled in combination with a lunch special at Fortuna Court for under $15AUD (we love their Mapo Bean Curd, the closest we have found to mainland China) and then walk through a couple of blocks to Magill Road, where all sorts of delight from mid–century modern to back who knows when and a bit of now can be found is definitely worth a look!

in the burbs
I live on an amazing street just five minutes (well 10 to 15 with the South Road upgrade) in Croydon with three of Adelaide’s best shops, the best hair cuts in the city at Curious Orange. Hype & Seek, One Small Room and Fly Furniture and Espresso Bar. The first two mid century modern at prices that interstaters cannot believe and a quirky mix of industrial and eclectic at Fly Furniture. Add to that the best coffee in choice of three. Also in the same street, Queen Street Café and Red Door Bakery and if you’re looking for some quality groceries to take back to your digs there is also the Queen Street Grocer. Getting there is easy…hop a train from the city and get out at Croydon and you’re there!

eating out
The truth is some of our best might be hard to find, but then that’s our job to steer you to the best.

the big night out
With very little to separate them apart from your personal likes and dislikes, Penfolds Magill Estate and Orana. Orana also does a brilliant and very affordable Friday lunch (bookings essential) and the recently opened Penfolds Magill Estate Cellar Door Kitchen has filled the void at Magill with all day dining seven days a week at the Penfolds Cellar door. One of the great blessings of Adelaide is the proximity of many great things and Penfolds Magill Estate is just a 15 minute cab ride from the city centre.

classy but cool but a bit more on the cas side....Africola, never been there but our spies have and liked it a lot… Andre’s Cucina…yes they do push you through a bit, but, it is well priced, so, you can’t expect to hire the table for the whole night. Their Italian holds the faith and we particularly like their Bagna Calda, gnocchi and crudo meat. Press is another favourite especially if you like a little offal. This is no fuss, eat and go, or drink and eat a lot and stay all night…your call!

I have to own a personal interest since I work there, but Chianti is a multi–award winning Italian restaurant open seven days a week, breakfast, lunch and dinner option that will happily accommodate pre and post theatre dining…someone answers the phone and, although there may be some juggling of time they will always find you a seat!

best steak in Adelaide SOSTA; perfectly aged and cooked over wood the aroma of their steaks cooking has been known to lure diners from the street. Incredible list of wines by the glass, this is a no fuss restaurant with the entire focus on the food, wine and service.

for super delicious and value for money…simple and fast, without any fuss, check out the $20 on the navigation to the right. There is plenty of inner city cheap eats, but if you have the chance there are some great burbs options that are not more than 15 minutes from the city centre.

great weightless gifts to take home
if you’ve been to Kangaroo Island …you’ll know the story about the island’s Ligurian bees, the last pure strain of bees in the world today. Main Beach as a brand may be a little confusing, but, this is a great South Aussie company. We love all of Coco’s ranges, but the Ligurian Honey is our favourite. We have their hand wash and hand cream for our guests in all of our venues, but their soap and lip balm make excellent light small gifts to carry on board… click here to go to the full range and to find stockists.

And…of course there’s no better gift than Haigh’s choclates, but, if you’re visiting wineries sending wine to your home door there and then is, of course, just brilliant!

a newish find in Adelaide that has become a local favourite shop and terrific small and not so small South Australian gifts to take home as gifts or simply indulge yourself. Also, if you like a swim there is no better place than The Parks Swimming Centre (located just across the road)...immaculately clean its our local swim several days a week.

If cleanliness is next to godliness then this is not the place for you…but, if you love authentic Chinese food He Sheng BBQ Restaurant is quite a find. This divine beef tendon soup, loaded with luscious chunks of tendon and silken brisket was fabulous. It did need a dash of soy and a sprinkle of that stale fine white pepper to properly get the flavour profile but it was heaven! $10 AUD it was an enormous bowl way too much for me. The take home half roast duck $13 AUD was also fab!

HE SHENG BB RESTAURANT
Shop 3, 86 Wilson Street, Mansfield Park, South Australia 5012
telephone +61 8 8347 7886…but please note English may be in short supply
open 7 days around 11.00 am and closes early about 7.00 pm

iconic South Australian gifts that we love and while we’re at it, who doesn’t want a cute koala, kangaroo or galah to take home. And, it sure pisses us off big time that 99% are made in China, but, there is a must visit when in Adelaide, the Cleland Conservation Park where the staff are so amazingly wonderfully passionate and they stock a good range of Australian made souvenirs so, if you want a cuddly koala buy one there.

our all time favourite Adelaide shop…the Antique Market. This is a treasure trove, an Aladdin’s cave and a full day is never long enough to explore. The Antique Market is rightly famous but not lost in its own importance. Whether you are a collector of mid century Jewellry, earlier or later, a lover of Victorian a collector of just about anything you are bound to find it…and yet, if you go upstairs there is another wonderland of vintage toys and clothes… click here to go to their facebook face and make sure you keep looking because those special treasures vanish almost instantly.

if you’ve been to Kangaroo Island …you’ll know the story about the island’s Ligurian bees, the last pure strain of bees in the world today. Main Beach as a brand may be a little confusing, but, this is a great South Aussie company. We love all of Coco’s ranges, but the Ligurian Honey is our favourite. We have their hand wash and hand cream for our guests in all of our venues, but their soap and lip balm make excellent light small gifts to carry on board… click here to go to the full range and to find stockists.

another constant favourite for wonderful original pieces it is impossible to go past the Jam Factory, exquisite pieces in all craft genres with a price range from tiny to extravagant.

then of course there’s the one and only Haigh’s chocolates with several stores and two city locations. Whilst they do make an Australian range it is not our favourite and we recommend sticking to their divine classics and their milk chocolate frogs, mixed dark chocolate fondant centres especially passionfruit and their truffle selections are iconic and loved by all South Australians… click here to go to their web site.

Friday December 26, 2014
open for business…the tragedy of visiting just about anywhere in Australia during the Christmas New Year holidays is that so many places will be shut. Shut not because they want to, but because the Australian hospitality wage structure means that prohibitive penalty rates make opening pointless. So, spare a thought for those hotels who are compelled by law to be open. Hotels like the Lion, Melbourne Street, North Adelaide are an excellent city option and provide a range of dining price options, from simple food in their larder to excellent steaks in their restaurant. Their restaurant wine list is tantamount to the interest in wine and Champagne of owner partners Andrew Svencs and Tim Gregg. Plenty of very well—priced seduction on their Champagne list and a good general list that allows from modest to extravagant choices with plenty of great options by the glass and some benchmark back vintages. The best advice for city dining over the break is to call first!!


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stunning suburban Adelaide beach property
full business facilities and catering available
private holidays, business meetings, entertaining
and accommodation

The dining room at the Lion hotel.

Penfolds cellar door, which is just a 15 to 20 minute taxi ride from any city hotel remains a must for anyone with a love of great wine. Penfolds is an iconic South Australian brand with a global reputation and their cellar door provides a fantastic opportunity to taste a broad range of their wines…please click here PLEASE NOTE with the exception of Sunday lunch there is currently no daytime dining option at their cellar door, however that is all about to change with the opening of their new cellar door in mid 2015 will offer a range of different daytime dining options.

heading out of town can make a lot of sense especially since wine country can be as little as 45 minutes from the Adelaide city centre. Add to that cellar doors and their attached dining options rarely close other than Christmas Day and Good Friday. FermentAsian with its brilliant food and amazing wine list is unfortunately closed and will not reopen until January 14, 2015 and whilst we know they deserve a well earned break it is something of a disappointment for diners in search of something special. It is important to explain that this multi’accoladed restaurant has very modest interior pleasantly devoid of all glitz but the excellence of Tuoi Do’s food and partner Grant Dickson’s attention to wine list right down to the perfect glassware makes this one of South Australia’s most prized Barossan dining experiences.

new to the Barossa is the reopening of the historic Seppeltsfield and the installation of the McLaren Vale Fino under the skillful professional judgment of sommelier Sharon Romeo and chef David Swain. I am proud to add that David Swain spent much of his culinary infancy in my long, since closed restaurant Mistress Augustine’s. Romeo and Swain have formed one of those rare successful business partnerships, each with their own area of responsibility and have transported their McLaren Vale Fino to the Barossa with the minimum of fuss. Swain serves the type of food we have come to love best…true KIS KIF (keep it simple, keep it fresh). The investors in the Seppeltsfield restoration have approached their complex with a commercial eye, but their attention to the landscaping is particularly wonderful and with six month aging is bound to be quite spectacular. The palms, a particularly Barossan footprint are simply stunning. Seppeltsfield and Fino is open 7 days a week…please click here for details.

heading south there are plenty of great cellar door dining options in particular D’Arry’s Verandah and The Kitchen Door and Fino at Willunga or click here to read further.

Super, super simple but right on the beach we love Bombora whether it’s just for an ice cream, cake and coffee or a meal and don’t forget the Port Elliot Bakery and sure in the summer holidays you will most likely have to queue but we think it’s worth it!

For other options please use the navgiation on the RHS but our best advice is ring before arriving because many of Adelaide’s best dining destinations will be closed during the Christmas New Year break…Ann Oliver

Saturday October 11, 2014
local newsSeppeltsfield and Fino opening November 22 will bring this historic winery and superb buildings to the general wine loving public in a new and vibrant way with

Wednesday 17 September, 2014
Emma Hack’s Eden exhibition opens at the Adelaide Town Hall tomorrow
18 September – 14 November 2014
OPENING: Thursday 18th September 5.30–8pm
To be opened by Patrick McDonald, Arts Editor, The Advertiser with keynote speech by Dr Jonathan Trent, scientist and biofuel expert, visiting Australia for ENVIRO14

Artist Talk Tuesday 7 October 12.30pm…please visit Emma Hack for viewing times.



images pblished with kind permission Emma Hack copyright © Emma Hack

Monday 15 September, 2014
eaten at this week

  • Jamie’s Italian…too soon to comment but great to see one of Adelaide’s gorgeous bank buildings take on a new life…nothing we haven’t seen before, basically a poshed up café, but what the hell!

  • Yen Linh ever so utterly reliable and absolutely our favourite every day Vietnamese
  • A delicious take–away dinner from Keong Kee Peking Duck Barbecue …this is the best roast duck in Adelaide, closely followed by the best roast pork (any time) and poultry feet and intestines on the weekend. Ordering is advised especially if you want to collect after 5.00pm!!
  • Press alway a bit challenging, service always a bit slack/scruffy but we like Press and we love their beautiful bread which is frequently the mark of worth of a restaurant!
  • I have to own I consult to Chianti, but I think they now do Adelaide’s best breakfast…that starts with toast made from bread baked in–house, divine McGweriton organic eggs, house–marmalade and raspberry jam, straight from farm produce and very good coffee!!! From a personal point of view I especially like that they are not narrow minded about having drink before midday. It might be a glass of the current French pour, a classic Bellini or a Bloody Mary…we love that enjoyment is encouraged regardless of the day of the week or the time of the day!!!
    AO food editor and publisher
  • Fortuna Court on the Norwood Parade has to have been there for at least 20 years, but in search of the real taste of China their Mapo Tofu was very close to what can be found in Shanghai. Most of Adelaide’s offerings are ugly sisters laden with nasty cheap sweet chilli sauce, frozen peas and too much meat they are mainly horrible, Fortuna Court was a very welcome surprise. We plan to return in the near future to explore wider!

Friday September 5, 2014

The South Australian Riverland is a bounteous food bowl for Adelaide chefs, and whilst the Riverland does have a great reputation for producing some of Australia’s finest citrus but there is an endless bounty that remains to be fully explored. Pomegranates are a newly found crop for the region, but avocados have long been established as have passionfruit and pistachios. Prolonged drought and government water buy backs have seen growers look for alternative crops. Organics abound and the the wonderful un-waxed citrus from Fat Goose Organics always draws very favourable comments and is a particular favourite with us. But, it is spring that heralds Darling Street asparagus that is getting us really excited at the minute. Taste is everything for us and Natalie and Jamie Harris’ asparagus is stunning. Their asparagus can be found (during the season which has just started) at the Prospect Market and the Adelaide Showgrounds Market. To see more of the Riverland please visit Food Riverland.

Friday August 1, 2014

SALA South Australian Living Artist festival is very special. Expect the unexpected, the quirky…it might be a posh restaurant, a hair dressing salon located in a quirky part of town, a little café in the heart of the Adelaide Central Markets, or a wonderful exhibition in a private home, which in the case of the mightily eccentric Harvey Collins includes a tour of their exquisite garden…get the picture??? Use the official SALA web site to plan you day, then interweave, breakfast, lunch and dinner and a few glasses of Champagne slotted in here and there…sounds like a plan, you’d better believe it! Please click here to go to the SALA web site and we've given you a few links below to some of our perennial favourites. Our favourites verge, well teeter, on the slightly eccentric but we believe Adelaide is great for that and what we especially love about SALA that the participants range from the very famous, to those just starting out to those just having their first go…we just love it!!!

Harvey Collins August 2–3, 9–10, 16–17, 23–24, 11.00am – 3.30pm…private home studio and stunning garden, 42 Hardy Street, Millswood…mobile 0424 727 117

Curious Orange hair studio Elizabeth Street Croydon…artist Gerry Wedd, highly famous old friend of the two cool chicks who run the studio click here to see Gerry’s post. Good coffee at Red Door Bakery and two of our favourite Adelaide shops Hype&Seek and One Small Room who also have a SALA exhibition lino cuts by Georgia Cheeseman.

Eat My Art Two Galaxy Guides food editor Ann Oliver at Chianti 160 Hutt Street Adelaide August 4 – 22…chef, artist and writer Oliver always surprises! To see more of Ann Oliver’s art please click here

Red cabbage and artichokes…watercolour on paper Ann OLiver

Tuesday February 25, 2014
Jared Stevens gives us the low down on his favourite Adelaide Fringe shows

A Simple Space…to read more please click here

The Boy with Tape on his Face…to read more please click here

Red Bastard
warning–this guy is extremely twisted but he’s incredible …to read more please click here

Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It
Warning – Adrienne’s show is incredible but this show is at the absolute cutting edge of dangerously good humour that will and does offend a lot of people as it is very much based on the use of rape jokes in the male dominated world of comedy…extraordinary, she pushes the limits of what can be said, but she says it for all the right reasons – does contain full female nudity…to read more please click here

A Storm in a D Cup…to read more please click here

Bitch Boxer
have heard incredible things …to read more please click here

Alter–Flock
visual art exhibition from director and Adelaide Fringe Greg Clark and also Louise Vadasz …to read more please click here

left…Louise Vadasz and below Big Band Burlesque

Big Band Burlesque…to read more please click here

and…of course the big free stuff on:
Disco Cuttlefish…to read more please click here

Fringe Free Bus…to read more please click here

Street Theatre Festival…to read more please click here

Friday February 14, 2014
Queen Street Café Elizabeth Street, Croydon, removed from Galaxy Guides. A change of ownership, the café had been listed since our inaugural hard copy edition in 2006 and remained listed until today. I don’t understand why anyone would buy a successful business and set about changing it. Sure service could be slow and the black tea towel over the shoulder a bit sickening, but coffee was always good no matter who made it and food was consistent and tasty and portions generous enough. Too, too bad!!!
Ann Oliver, food editor and publisher

web site last updated Saturday Feburary 8, 2014
The first of our Adelaide Fringe events…please click on the image to go straight to booking information…and get ready for a comprehensive late dining guide early next week and daily show tips via twitter from our roving scout (and Fringe volunteer) Jared Stevens.

For Adelaide Fringe event details…please click here and even better follow us on twitter right hand side for up to the minute cool things to do (spontaneously)!!!

Feburary 3, 2014
from Kaaren Palmer
Michael Edwards reviews the Tom Stevenson update…please CLICK HERE

1 December, 2013
Cool events our favourite Adelaide restaurants, some fabulous South Australian produce and don’t forget to check out our recipe index for festive cooking and great summer recipes.

  • Such a great strawberry season...ooops they never make it inside
  • sadly you've missed the South Australian oyster seasonand will have to wait until the end of March 2014
  • Peel Sta fab new addition to Adelaide dining
  • they have hit the ground running...and survived...highly recommended!
  • Theodoros utterly delicious KIS KIFkeep it simple, keep it fresh!!!
  • Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurantopen at last for just an eyeblink but rapidly gaining momentum best waygu I have ever eaten
  • A favourite for at least 20 years....China Town Cafechicken thigh rice extra vegetables
  • everyone's favourite The Jasmin Indian Restaurantclick on the image
  • Jolleys' Boathouse right on the riverclick on the image
  • Press no rules they do KIS KIF well..divine sweetbreadsclick on the image for details
  • River Cafe right on the water lovely 10 minute walk from cityclick on the image
  • Hey Jupiter best pork belly sandwichpossibly in Australia...click on the image
  • Andres Cucina..KIS KIFservice is eratic, we don't like their polenta and their wine list recently needs work but we do love the rest..click on the image
  • shatoot mulberry and local walnutswhere else but The Food Forest
  • more treasure from The Food ForestJabuticaba..a cherry sized thin skinned mangostine..click on the image
  • Chloe Papazahariakis Vasishtha one day pop-up 'treasures of India'Sunday 22 December, 2.00 pm - 9.00 pm click on the image
  • the first tomatoes...and we can't wait for Scarfo Organics tomatoes in January
  • Scarfo Organicsclikc on the image and love them a lot
  • Peoniessimply stunning and for just a couple of weeks
  • Celsiuswe like a lot especially their Friday lunch...so inexpensive you are obligated to buy an expensive bottle of wine
  • It's the cherry seasonclick on the image
  • Red Door Bakery Elizabeth Street Croydonvery, very good coffee..only this store

25 October, 2013
our favourite things to do in Adelaide in between attending The Body in the Garden Crime and Gardening Writers’ Festival.

  • THE BODY IN THE GARDEN 25-27 OCTOBERSouth Australian Crime and Garden Writer's Festival - click on image for details
  • Asian Gourmet Adelaide Central MarketsTofu fish soup, rice noodles and their sambal...we like a lot! click on the image
  • Natalie and Jamie Harris' fantastic asparagusa lot of Riverland bounty Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers' Market click on the image
  • meet the growers at the Sunday Market
  • serious coffee From Scratch's Johnny Pisanelli
  • at the same market from Scratch Patisserie
  • The first strawberries of the South Australian seasonfrom my tiny pot garden a few a day and they never make it inside
  • This Sunday at Beerenberg be their guest toPYO strawberries and scones and jam 2 till 4 click on the image for location details
  • best ever strawberry ice creamclick on the image for the recipe
  • Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant
  • get out of town FermentAsian click on thimage to go to their web site
  • A favourite for at least 20 years....China Town Cafechicken thigh rice extra vegetables
  • Peel Sta fab new addition to Adelaide dining
  • they have hit the ground running...and survived...highly recommended!
  • Theodoros utterly delicious KIS KIFkeep it simple, keep it fresh!!!
  • just around the corner Hindley and Leigh Street Adelaidevery good coffee in a very uncool venue
  • The Daniel O'Connor Tynte Street North Adelaidebe ready to be very pleasantly surprised and expect a review soon...click on the image to go to their web site
  • Guiness Pie at the Daniel O'Connor
  • new and we love it!
  • The Vintage Beata collective crammed with surprises just off Port Road
  • click on the image to go to their web site
  • everyone's favourite The Jasmin Indian Restaurantclick on the image
  • Jolleys' Boathouse right on the river
  • sadly you've missed the South Australian oyster season
  • Press no rules they do KIS KIF well..divine sweetbreadsclick on the image for details
  • River Cafe right on the water lovely 10 minute walk from cityclick on the image
  • time to make rose waterand visit the rose garden at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens..click on the image
  • Best Toastie in town the Spanish Deli Port Roadalso very good coffee click on the image for details don't order the Portugese tarts
  • Hey Jupiter best pork belly sandwichpossibly in Australia...click on the image
  • Andres Cucina..KIS KIFservice is eratic, we don't like their polenta and their wine list recently needs work but we do love the rest..click on the image
  • but we do love the rest..click on the image

Cheer up after months of limited satisfying restaurant choice in Adelaide things are looking up with the opening of a couple of new and exciting dining options at completely different ends of the stratisphere.

  • THE BODY IN THE GARDEN 25-27 OCTOBERSouth Australian Crime and Garden Writer's Festival - click on image for details
  • a very new product....local fresh pomegranate seedsand maybe next season local pomegranate juice
  • Asian Gourmet Adelaide Central MarketsTofu fish soup, rice noodles and their sambal...we like a lot!
  • Natalie and Jamie Harris' fantastic asparagusa lot of Riverland bounty
  • from the same producers sublime dried peachesavailable Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market
  • Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant
  • open again at last!!!and these pics do not give the new outfit away
  • New executive chef Scott Huggins comes with a very fine pedigreehigh hopes because we love this restaurant
  • more Riverland bounty and a forgotten treatavocado vinaigrette
  • and the winner is?results to be announced this month for the South Australian judging
  • new dishes at FermentAsian include fresh lotus rootclick on thimage to go to their web site
  • A favourite for at least 20 years....China Town Cafechicken thigh rice extra vegetables
  • Peel Sta fab new addition to Adelaide dining
  • they have hit the ground running...and survived...highly recommended!
  • Theodoros utterly delicious KIS KIFkeep it simple, keep it fresh!!!
  • The Daniel O'Connor Tynte Street North Adelaidebe ready to be very pleasantly surprised and expect a review soon...click on the image to go to their web site
  • Guiness Pie at the Daniel O'Connor
  • de-bloody-vine...Kangaroo Island yabbies
  • more KIS KIF home styleyou asked about home cooking, well, what could be more delicious?
  • How good is this???Australian morels from the Mushroom Man
  • new and we love it!
  • The Vintage Beata collective crammed with surprises just off Port Road
  • click on the image to go to their web site

Peel St with the old and much loved Aquacaf team headed up by long–term business partners chef Jordan Theodoros andfront of house manager Ben McLeod. An instant hit in a town starved of fresh and deliciousreservations are essential. Given the crush and the limited time of being open just two weeks when we visited we shut our eyes to toilets still needing the finishing touches and service that was a little flaky until McLeod stepped in and took over. We know from experience it takes time to build a team, but the kitchen team delivered treat after treat. We’ll be back soon but our full review will be held off for the obligatory 3 month waiting period Galaxy Guides imposes on new restaurants. For restaurant details and opening hours visit their facbook page by CLICKING HERE

Penfolds flagship restaurant open again at last!!!
Fine dining returns to Adelaide with the reopening of Magill Estate Restaurant under the direction of executive chef Scott Huggins.

visit their web site for opening times and reservations by CLICKING HERE

Three month rule applies, meaning our first review will be mid November 2013. Worthwhile noting, and we think very exciting, Huggins was at the helm of Singapore’s Iggy’s when it was rated no38 on the San Pelegrino top 100 restaurants in the world and his last place of employment prior to moving to Magill was The Royal Mail. An impressive pedigree that we think shows the promise of a rejuvenation for this much loved restaurant.

How fabulous would it be to see a South Australian restaurant in the top 10?? No pressure of course but we hope your are going to “beam it down Scottie”!!!

Riverland Field Days there’s a lot of great things happening in the Riverland from some really fantastic produce, lots of organics, traditional ingredients like stone fruit and citrus, asparagus and newer producers seeking to diversify growing pistachios and pomegranates. Then there’s some spectacular wines coming from the region…and that’s just a start.

So small wonder Chapel Hill’s executive chef, Rebecca Stubbs, a girl obsessed with local and regional, will be working with the Riverland Field Days later in September to showcase local produce. For full details please click here

August

  • Imagine being homeless tonightclick on the image and dig deep
  • the best of pumpkins our local Riverland butternut
  • stuff the peeling and cuttingclick on the image to discover more
  • new main street Tanunda and highly recommendedThe Courtyard Emporium a treasure trove ove almost everything
  • straight from Wyndam's 'the triffids' no Romanesco in season now..Patlin Gardens Adelaide Showgrounds Market
  • add some rhubarbno we're not kidding
  • and some watermelon radish
  • Fat Goose Organics
  • Seville Oranges now in seasonclick on the image for Margaret's Marmalade
  • Edwina Peoples and Johnny Pisanelli
  • while you wait for the bloody bellFrom Scratch Patisserie
  • or...a raspberry swirl???for a really delicious salad
  • still at home, the perfect minestroneclick on the image...image Diana Hetzel's minestrone
  • a bread and butter puddingclick on the image
Imagine being homeless tonight1 the best of pumpkins our local Riverland butternut2 stuff the peeling and cutting3 new main street Tanunda and highly recommended4 straight from Wyndam's 'the triffids' 5 add some rhubarb6 and some watermelon radish7 Fat Goose Organics8 Seville Oranges now in season9 Edwina Peoples and Johnny Pisanelli10 while you wait for the bloody bell11 or...a raspberry swirl???12 still at home, the perfect minestrone13 a bread and butter pudding14
  • things to do on the long weekendA spot of painting??? Visit a winery?? Stay at home?? Have some fun??
  • Hoot Jazz Festival June Long WeekendAdelaide Hills click on the image to read about Lady Voodoo
  • Andre's Cucina at Angoves (McLaren Vale) Sunday June 9$75 pp great value for money glass of wine on arrival, wines at cellar door prices...bookings +61 8 8323 6900 or click on the image
  • So very cute, St Peters' girls raising moneyfor the RSPCA..a good thing to do
  • The newly renovated Mile End Hotelstick with the tapas style food....quite delicious...click on the image
  • Patlin Gardens winter vegetables equals......fab home-made pasties recipe in time for the weekend
  • too easy, too delicious!
  • fab hot or cold!click on the image for the recipe
  • planning on getting stuck into the gardenno better place to start than The Conservatory Garden and Home....click on the image
  • no bullshit about from our garden.....everyone's favourite FermentAsian
  • always delicious main street Tanundaclick on the image for more details
  • curl up with a great book
  • make some fantastic bread invite a few friends overclick on the image
  • make some delicious winter foodclick on the image
  • Breakfast at the fully licensed Queen Street Cafeclick on the image
  • some very cool shopping on the same streetwe love Hype & Seek and....
  • Industrial Revolutionjam packed with the coolest of gear
  • make a scrumptious breakfast at home
  • take a walk along the beachenjoy a great coffee at Henley Beach kiosk..click on the image
things to do on the long weekend1 Hoot Jazz Festival June Long Weekend2 Andre's Cucina at Angoves (McLaren Vale) Sunday June 93 So very cute, St Peters' girls raising money4 The newly renovated Mile End Hotel5 Patlin Gardens winter vegetables equals......6 too easy, too delicious!7 fab hot or cold!8 planning on getting stuck into the garden9 no bullshit about from our garden.....10 always delicious main street Tanunda11 curl up with a great book12 make some fantastic bread invite a few friends over13 make some delicious winter food14 Breakfast at the fully licensed Queen Street Cafe15 some very cool shopping on the same street16 Industrial Revolution17 make a scrumptious breakfast at home18 take a walk along the beach19

A quick drink at the very new Cantina Sociale in Sturt Street. Expensive oxidised wine and staff who know absolutely nothing about the wines they serve. This is a place that needs 50 Spaniards smoking fags for a couple of years to give it some character and someone who knows something about wine to serve it. We did not eat there. It is quite insufficient to rely on the lack of consumer knowledge; at the very least one could expect good advice… tragic and not recommended for anyone who knows something about wine!

After many months, having thought one of our favourites had dipped a bit, we returned to
The Jasmin Indian Restaurant to rediscover the Jasmin we have known and loved for half our lives (even mine which has been a very long one). The wine list remains substantial and interesting with a price range that can satisfy all pockets. The naans were exquisitely fluffy, the lamb chops still divine, and, and…so nice to go somewhere where there was nothing to complain about. The only nit pick the potato curry where the gravy was too thin and not tasty enough. They have smaller taller serving bowls which are a better fit on the table and every starter was so delicious we wished we had two pieces instead of one. Ridiculous of course because so many delicious dishes follow. Don’t waste you time looking at the menu…take the “feed me!” option and enjoy. Service, has apparently suffered a few blips in recent months but the word is these boys and girl are smart enough to lift their game.

It’s business as usual at The Jasmin Indian Restaurant!

I’ve opened enough restaurants to know that the first three months can provide some of the worst possible professional experiences…in fact I have a couple of memories where I came home and seriously considered killing myself because things had gone so horribly wrong. What does this mean? Well it is the reason why we, in most circumstances don’t review a restaurant until it has been open three months. The Saturno group have a good reputation so my first meal at their newly renovated Mile End was very disappointing. Cold plate, cold steak cooked almost well done when it was asked for medium rare to rare, cold sweet potato mash and a sauce served in a stupid little jam jar that unfortunately I didn't taste before I poured it over my steak. So much rosemary it tasted like medicine…$27 I was well pissed off and still hungry. To be frank I am sick of pubs where you need twelve bucks of sides to make a meal and this remains an inescapable fact of not being value for money.

However, two weeks on a guest the tapas style food was excellent. Pizza bases need significant work, toppings were delicious, bases tough and chewy and their chef would benefit from any of New York baker Jim Lahey’s books were pizza is genius. So, what’s the prognosis, cut them some slack they are new, stick to tapas and let the rest develop!

two weeks ago
review for Royston Park Cafe live…please click here

eaten at but definitely not reviewed for Galaxy Guides Ziga Zaga in the Adelaide Hills

  • Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Markets this weekendFat Goose Organics persimmons
  • click on the image to try this delicious salad
  • The Food Forest lilli pillyuse instead of cherries delicious savoury or sweet
  • Charles GreigNot just the most wonderfull soft berries in season but terrific rhubarb
  • Kalangadoo OrganicsStewart Seedling cooking apples perfectly tart, great cooked texture
  • perfect for this wonderful apple cakeclick on the image
  • Patlin Gardens new season oil
  • Why do Lina's (Patlin Gardens) preserves taste so goodbecause she uses their wonderful EV olive oil and puts in the love!
  • A bunch or two of zinnias
  • current from scratch favouritetheir raspberry swirl!
  • breakfast at Royston Park CafeClick on the image to go to their review
  • Labeneh, Gorgonzola and Quince tartrecipe next week
  • Amalfiwhere old style Italian putanesca remains one of the best
  • Hey Jupiter...has cute toucheslittle soft blankets if the cold rainy weather ever comes..click on the image
  • Cork WineAlways pouring Champagne by the glass - located at the market pedestrian crossing
  • Lucia's new deli takes things to a different levelAdelaide Central Markets western wall
Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Markets this weekend1 click on the image to try this delicious salad2 The Food Forest lilli pilly3 Charles Greig4 Kalangadoo Organics5 perfect for this wonderful apple cake6 Patlin Gardens new season oil7 Why do Lina's (Patlin Gardens) preserves taste so good8 A bunch or two of zinnias9 current from scratch favourite10 breakfast at Royston Park Cafe11 Labeneh, Gorgonzola and Quince tart12 Amalfi13 Hey Jupiter...has cute touches14 Cork Wine15 Lucia's new deli takes things to a different level16

this weekend 18 and 19 May, Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend the oldest and still, we think the best. We love the food at Andre’s and love Mitchell Wines so, highly recommended Andre’s Cucina and Polenta Bar with Mitchell Wines please click here for details; bus from city makes the whole event very doable!

For full details of the weekend…please click here

a couple of weeks ago south australian oysters are back, Easter cooking and traditions, the Barossa Vintage Festival and seasonal recipe links.

  • the best of Easter dessertsthe Pashka and best of all it's better if it's made a couple of days in advance...click on the image for the recipe
  • too, too divinecheck out where to drink Champagne in Adelaide...click on the image
  • classic Greektrue KIS KIF cinnamon spiced tomatoes with okra...we'll be featuring recipes with okra after Easter
  • Patlin Gardensperfect peppers at the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market...click on the image
  • why is our cremé caramel so heavenly???fresh preservative free cream and full cream milk from Jersey Dairy..click on the image for the recipe!!!
  • so you've made the perfect tomato sauceand now we've given you the perfect pasta...click on the image for the recipe
  • we were sick of tomatoes....nowwe're sick of chillies....Olive's chilli sambal
  • a mix a blachan, dried shrimp, fresh and dried chillies
  • a posh Northern Italian shop?no Lucia's Fine Foods Adelaide Central Markets has been given a revamp and we like a lot!!! Bring on the liquor license!
  • Andrè’s Cucina and Polenta Bara favourite with us..click on the image to read more
  • green olivesour best recipe...click on the image
  • too much to do downunderyes it's time to pickle limes...click on the image for the recipe
  • black, not burnedbe prepared to start and start again until you get it right...Paul Prudhomme's black roux
  • the fundamental basis of gumboand downunder every ingredient is now in season
  • we're mad about breadand this rye is perfect for an Easter breakfast...click on the image
  • and....keep it KIS KIFbutter, smoked salmon, horseradish cream, a little red onion...bliss!
  • Ash Grunwald at Rockford WinesBarossa Vintage Festival event Tuesday April 2...contact the winery 1800 088 818....click on the image to read more about the music of Ash Grunwald
  • explore the Barossa and enjoy the Barossa Vintage Festival30 March to 7 April, 2013...click on the image for the program
  • South Australian oysters are back in seasonoysters with grapefruit and shallot...click on the image
  • best place to eat oysters in the cityJolleys Boathouse...click on the image
  • best place to eat oysters in the countryThe Kitchen Door at Penny’s Hill and Mr Riggs Cellars...click on the image
the best of Easter desserts1 too, too divine2 classic Greek3 Patlin Gardens4 why is our cremé caramel so heavenly???5 so you've made the perfect tomato sauce6 we were sick of tomatoes....now7 a mix a blachan, dried shrimp, fresh and dried chillies8 a posh Northern Italian shop?9 Andrè’s Cucina and Polenta Bar10 green olives11 too much to do downunder12 black, not burned13 the fundamental basis of gumbo14 we're mad about bread15 and....keep it KIS KIF16 Ash Grunwald at Rockford Wines17 explore the Barossa and enjoy the Barossa Vintage Festival18 South Australian oysters are back in season19 best place to eat oysters in the city20 best place to eat oysters in the country21

march a bit of this, and a bit of that a new review for Hey Jupiter, we take a look at the Festival Bistrot only open for another week, some market tips and a lot more.

  • the 100th Tanunda Show© copyright DRAGAN RADOCAJ photography..click on the image to go to Dragan's web site
  • Rote Grütze...grape juice and sago puddingcheck out the demographics..so much hope for the future of food
  • knowledge and experiencethe winner of the traditional German cake
  • gold not just in flavour but pricebut the Australian lamb cutlet remains a heavenly treat....!
  • why is our cremé caramel so heavenly???fresh preservative free cream and full cream milk from Jersey Dairy..recipe next week!!!
  • sick of tomatoesof course we are..but we all know we are blessed to have such fab produce!
  • Olive's tomato sauceclick on the image to go to the recipe
  • try Olive's sauce and addPatlin Gardens jumbo olives, roasted and peeled red capsicums, Food Forest zucchini flowers and gorgeous SA squid
  • semi-dried are delicious....butmake sure you put them in EV olive oil and in sterilised jars and seal with sterilised lids
  • open the fridge door raid the gardenadd some fresh tahina, grated lemon and lime rind and make a delicious salad from next to nothing...click on the image for other delicious salad ideas
  • Thorn Park by the Vinesthe sublime cooking of David Hay, consumate care of Michael Speers...fabulous comfort and style click on the image
  • Queen Street CaféElizabeth Street Croydon click on the image for details of this ecelectic shopping and dining street
  • Festival Bistrotclosed in 2 weeks for extensive rennovations - better than expected food..terrible bread and butter, however......
  • mains, although very tasty disproportionately and unpleasantly huge...worth a look if you can find it or going to a show in the coming week...Festival Centre signage is crap!!!
  • Hey Jupiterwere very yummy sandwiches are to be found...click on the image to go to our review
the 100th Tanunda Show1 Rote Grütze...grape juice and sago pudding2 knowledge and experience3 gold not just in flavour but price4 why is our cremé caramel so heavenly???5 sick of tomatoes6 Olive's tomato sauce7 try Olive's sauce and add8 semi-dried are delicious....but9 open the fridge door raid the garden10 Thorn Park by the Vines11 Queen Street Café12 Festival Bistrot13 mains, although very tasty 14 Hey Jupiter15

february 2013 if you fancy a trip to the Barossa and the opportunity to see South Australian food history alive and well, visiit the one hundredth Tanunda Show… click here for details

adelaide and regions
this week a splendid lunch at one of our Adelaide favourites Andrés Cucuina and Polenta Bar; we celebrate the start of the South Australian Apple season with Michele Guerard’s divine thousand layer apple cake and take a look at the Tanunda Show

  • the 100th Tanunda ShowSaturday March 9, 2013
  • completely magicalthe dahlia section is just amazing
  • serious business..the dill pickle competitiona German tradition and.....
  • as the number of entries would suggestit is still a big part of the Barossan tradition
  • and did we put our pickles in??yes we did, but we admit they are not as good as last year!!
  • aren't they just gorgeous??
  • Andres Cucina and Polenta Barwhere true KIS KIF can be found..clock on the image to read our review
  • KIS KIFkeep it simple, keep it fresh
  • interesting winessticking to the mainly to the Italian varietals...many by the glass
  • delicious..and we never order pastano shitty commercial tomato sauce (or tomato paste) or cream...yeah!
  • wrong time of year for polentabut then it is a polenta bar..a dish that would be better kept for winter
  • dolci is a class act at this restaurantnone of that stale crap most italian restaurants serve...bliss!!!
  • Amaro digestive for the new wine listwe are going crazy trying to identify the sweet floral aromatic....any clues????
  • love ChampagneKaaren Palmer's Champagne is the ultimate guide...click on the image
  • well we all know Easter means Haigh's..butthese bunnies are just so cute..click on the image for details
  • Jolleys Boathouserecommended without reservation, quality cooking quality ingredients riverside..click on the image
  • gelato bellothe right weather and worth the journey..click on the image
  • Michele Guerard's thousand layer apple cake de...bloody divine...yes a lot of work but so worth the effort click on the image to go to the recipe
  • nothing but apple taste...
  • it's the end of 2013 vintageof course a little Jersey Dairy cream and.maybe some cinnamon ice cream!!!
the 100th Tanunda Show1 completely magical2 serious business..the dill pickle competition3 as the number of entries would suggest4 and did we put our pickles in??5 aren't they just gorgeous??6 Andres Cucina and Polenta Bar7 KIS KIF8 interesting wines9 delicious..and we never order pasta10 wrong time of year for polenta11 dolci is a class act at this restaurant12 Amaro digestive for the new wine list13 love Champagne14 well we all know Easter means Haigh's..but15 Jolleys Boathouse16 gelato bello17 Michele Guerard's thousand layer apple cake 18 nothing but apple taste...19 it's the end of 2013 vintage20

in Adelaide for the Adelaide Festival and Fringe there’s plenty to enjoy apart from our wonderful weather!

  • In Adelaide for the Festival and Writers' WeekLucia's Pizzeria and Espresso Bar Adelaide Central Markets is an Adelaide institution
  • the first of the seasonfabulous Adelaide Hills pears...click on the image for recipes
  • Kalangadoo Organics Applestry this divine Michel Geurard's apple cake..recipe next week
  • been eating way too muchgrab a free city bike and ride to the beach...fab coffee at Henley Kiosk..click on the image
  • fabulous figsand we have dozens of great recipes....click on the image
  • don't waste the last of your basilbut, since we can no longer guarantee pine nuts we have been using macadamias instead
  • China Town CafeAdelaide Central Markets just one of dozens of great $10 lunches...click on the image
  • Nano Ready to GoRight off of Rundle Street East at 23 Ebenezer Place simple inexpensive Italian great coffee...click on the image
  • Gorgeous young corntoo bad restaurants don't use it more often..for recipes click on the image
  • well you do need to visit a wine region...the BarossaFermentAsian we just love it...click on the image
  • FermentAsian is set a little back from the streetlook for the fountain
  • coming soonhow to prepare large octopus
  • it's the start of the South Australian lime seasonwe love Fat Goose Organics..and guess what their limes aren't waxed..click on the image for pickled limes
  • Fancy a glass of Champagne and a great lunchGouger Street they have terrific lunch specials..click on the image for their review
  • always something luscious
  • Divine watermelon perfect KIS KIFpost theatre supper..click on the image
  • Press Food and Wineright in the city Waymouth Street..all day grazing great wine list..we like...click on the image
  • a cool environment that pumps night and day
  • yes..we do take our own glasses!!!
  • where to drink Champagne in AdelaideKaaren Palmer's revamped list..click on the image
  • silken Sichuan tofu..coming soonour recipe for silken tofu Sichuan style
  • from The Food Forestdo not miss the Adelaide Ahowgrounds Farmers' Market..clikc on the image
  • From Scratch Patisseriepop-up Friday Leigh Street, Sundays Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers' Market..click on the image
  • really good coffeecorner Leigh Street and HIndley Street opposite the chemist shop

february 2013

  • kis WILD GINaccording to the maker John Lark 12 botannicals...enjoy taking a punt and if you get it right win a bottle...email your answer to food-editor@galaxyguides.com entries close March 15, 2013
  • black radishPatlin Gardens Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers' Market this Sunday...don't chuck out the tops they are delicious stir fried!
  • The South Australian vintage is underwaycelebrate the start with our stunning recipe for a traditional vintage bread made with wine grapes..click on the image!
  • the perfect dill pickle challenge100th Tanunda Show would it be possible for a non Barossan to win??? We want to give it a go..click on the image for our recipe!
  • A new snapper dish at FermentAsianjust the right amount of heat, wonderful textural complexity...new on their new menu..click on the image
  • Exclusive VintageAdelaide is loaded with the best vintage at the best prices....
  • Exclusive Vintage...and more treasure35A Braund Road, Prospect South Australia telephone for trading hours +61 8 8344 4455..no web site!!
  • KIS KIFsimple. simply delicious...click on the image for the recipe
  • Galaxy Guides COOKS' CLUBmembers only and we are taking five new members for 2013..to email Ann Oliver please click here
  • Scarfo Organics Tomatoes are backcheck them out on facebook
  • a great coffee with a great viewHenley Kiosk..click on the image for details
  • dozens of different viarietiesmany saved from extinction, pick your own at Willabrand...click on the image for directions
  • treasure and more treasure!The Antique Market right across the road from the Adelaide Central Markets..click on the image for details
  • next weeka divine Sichuan tripe salad
  • more KIS KIF...keep it simple keep it freshclick on the image for our delicious rye recipe
kis WILD GIN1 black radish2 The South Australian vintage is underway3 the perfect dill pickle challenge4 A new snapper dish at FermentAsian5 Exclusive Vintage6 Exclusive Vintage...and more treasure7 KIS KIF8 Galaxy Guides COOKS' CLUB9 Scarfo Organics Tomatoes are back10 a great coffee with a great view11 dozens of different viarieties12 treasure and more treasure!13 next week14 more KIS KIF...keep it simple keep it fresh15

more february…plenty to enjoy in South Australia from picking your own figs at the beautiful Glen Ewin property that is the home of Willabrand, to the first of the season’s gherkins (of course with the Tanunda Show in mind!!!!)

  • Adelaide's only decent patisseriefrom scratch pop-up Leigh Street Fridays and Adelaide Showgrounds Market Sundays...click on the link
  • South Australian crayfishworth the effort, add some good mayonnaise, add some of Greg Malouf's pide bread baked as a loaf..fresh butter, iceberg lettuce seas salt and white pepper few drops white wine vinegar..click on the image
  • we love KIS wild gindramatically herbaceous and savoury, mixed with Fever Tree tonic, decent ice that doesn't stink of chlorine and half a crushed lime...heavenly!!! click on the image
  • watermelon, black and European radishall in season now Patlin Gardens this Sunday Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers' Market...the tops make delicious eating...click on the image
  • the first of the new season summer corn steam add butter, salt, pepper, garlic, chilli..or click on the image for more great ideas
  • the rare find a perfect coffeewhere....corner Leigh Street and southern side of Hindley Street Adelaide..delicious!!
  • pick your ownfor the next six weeks or so at Willabrand click on the image for details and location
  • the Sicillian eggplantalmost as silken as the Rosa Bianco..smoke them and mkae babaganoush...click on the image for the recipe
  • coming soonthe full range of apple cucumbers
  • Gelato Belloperfect weather for a good ice cream - our favourite coffee 87 Glynburn Road, Glynde 8336 9799..worth the journey to the burbs!!!
  • for our best fig recipes‎click on the image
Adelaide's only decent patisserie1 South Australian crayfish2 we love KIS wild gin3 watermelon, black and European radish4 the first of the new season summer corn 5 the rare find a perfect coffee6 pick your own7 the Sicillian eggplant8 coming soon9 Gelato Bello10 for our best fig recipes11

January 2013 things to do on the Australia Day weekend…Ruby Red Flamingo CLICK HERE to read about our experience. Please scroll down to see more January content.

  • Windy Point Cafefab city view, simple tasty food, good Sunday brunch, free wifi
  • Zucchini Flowersdon't need complication, they can be steamed and rolled through good EV, salt and pepper
  • Another Stay At Homea gorgeous waffle breakfast, add some decent bacon, fresh eggs and some food miles with proper maple syrup
  • Comming upthe 100th Tanunda Show a miracle of tradition and well worth attending
  • Hard Wonthe perfect German style dill pickle starts in the garden!
  • our 2012 gherkinsstill crunchy, sour and delicious...have we got a chance...well we'll be giving it a try..click on the image for our recipe
  • Sosta open on Sundays40 wines by the glass bes steak in Adelaide cooked over charcoal...click on the image
  • A little 60s kitchTake a walk along Magill Road plenty of great things to see..and buy!
  • KIS KIFa luscious simple salad..click on the image to go to the recipe
  • Our favourite cheap eats 8am till 8pm Yen Linhclick on the image
  • The Organic Cafe Stirlinggreat coffee very simple food
  • Fancy a decent take-away Keong Kee Peking Duck BBQAdelaide's best roast meats...click on the image
  • Jolleys Boathouseopen all weekend a favourite with us...click on the image
  • try the Barossaa simple german style cold plate and much more..click on the image for more Barossa
  • FermentAsian Barossan, everyone's favourite South Australia's best wine list
  • shopping on Fridayvacced South Australian mussels will still be fab on Monday...click on the image to go to a recipe
  • Shanghai's gorgeous Lily WangSouth Australian estage loved and loved to eat kangaroo
  • one of our best Kangaroo recipesiceberg, smoked eggplant, chilli kangaroo...click on the image for the recipe
  • A little Australia Day historyabout kangaroo in Australian restaurants..click on the image
  • Henley Beach Kioskexcellent coffee, great view, very basic Australian breakfast..click on the image
  • Want to help save the planettry a tasting at Paxton Vineyards a beautiful property and a welcoming team..click on the image
  • From Scratch pop-up Fridayclick on the image
  • Monday 28 January bargains galoreMiss Gladys Sym Choon..click on the image
  • fab bargains gorgeous fabrics
  • dresses to die for at tiny prices

adelaide things we just love about Adelaide from dining to simple beach side fish and chips, to some of Australia’s best vintage shopping…add to that the brilliant Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers’ Market just five minutes from the city centre.

17 January, 2013
Ruby Red Flamingo
142 Tynte Street
North Adelaide, SA 5006
…and if after reading this you are still determined to try for anything more than a drink their details can be found on their facebook page CLICK HERE

Taken as a guest by friends who are knowledgeable in both food and wine and cooking, who had a week previously loved Ruby Red Flamingo so much they insisted I should try..they were so disappointed.

Overall including toilets not maintained 4, at the very most 5 out of 10, the cannelloni, delivered seconds after being ordered was overcooked pasta in a nasty minced meat slop lightly browned under a salamander. The smoked eggplant macaroni that my friends had said was stunning on their previous visit was another bitter disappointment – eggplant, still raw and not smoked; nasty cheap tinned tomato, busted up large tubeta not even macaroni. The roasted vegetables (from memory $7) was about half a cup of burnt roasted vegetables. Chicken, possibly a quarter poussin, was definitely pre-cooked, dried out and very nasty with more burnt vegetables. The fennel pork sausage (one) same burnt accompaniments as the chicken (and as the roasted vegetables)….desserts too sweet and boring and more like something your granny (not mine) might make!

Wine, a great 07 Farnese Montepulciano was so hot you couldn’t drink it, but was fabulous once chilled a bit in some ice. The espresso martini was cool but overly sweet, amaretto sour ok but not sour enough but probably needs whiskey for that.

Senior boy staff seem to be part of this group’ opening team, meaning we have seen them at every venue of this group, good to look at pretty on the ball shovelling people around – girls also looked good but were so mechanical it was possible to think they might have been Stepford wives…but I understand the appeal because I’d be up for a Stepford husband if he did everything I told him!!!

Eat at your own peril we’ll go back when they have been open for three months and see if they have got it together! Ann Oliver

Also check out regional information for other farmers’ markets in regional index right hand side bottom.

we especially liked Hey Jupiter… but unless you want to feel like you need a bath when you’ve finished eating ask for cutlery. Kristoff promised he had cutlery “if you asked” put him to the test!!!! And…to be honest it was so delicious I’ll bring my own next time just in case!

  • Yen Linh Ann Oliver's localbrisket with carrot.very delicious! ..click on image for our review
  • Zedz CafeAdelaide Central Markets extra good coffee and cute little cupcakes if you are there early
  • Giant ProvoloneCut this week at Marino Meats...super stunning..Adelaide Central Markets
  • Seng Kee Yum ChaThe only yum cha in Adelaide that comes close to Shanghai...must have egg custard tarts..click on image for our review
  • Strawberry Danishfrom Scratch Patisserie also consistenly best coffee in Adelaide at the moment..too bad it's only on Sunday
  • Our hot weather favourite at Yen Linhpork crackling salad and we like some extra fresh chilli
  • from The Food ForestAdelaide Showgrounds Farmers' Market this weekend superb quality..organic
  • Hey Jupitera very yummy sandwich, Berkshire pork that has never been reheated...heavenly..but give me some cutlery....click on image for details..favourabe review will follow!
  • Sfogliatelli from From Scratchjust boodly divine and back at the Adelaie Showgrounds Market this Sunday!
  • South Australia's Best Pastieand...like us everyone seems to think it's worth queuing for, click on the image to read our review
  • Ruby Red Flamingonote the missing light bulb..interim mini review will follow next week...fun for a drink but if you love food and can cook...bitter disappointment!!!!
  • Watermelon Radish from Patlin GardensPatlin Gardens a blessed 20 minutes from my kitchen door and on Sundays Adelaide Showrgounds Farmers' Market
  • Love Offal?ask for the tendon and tripe soup at Nghi Ngân Quán..click on the image for details
  • Bombora right on the beach at Goolwa they keep it simple click on the image for our review...would be nice to see them do a better cockle dish..but we still recommend Bombora
Yen Linh Ann Oliver's local1 Zedz Cafe2 Giant Provolone3 Seng Kee Yum Cha4 Strawberry Danish5 Our hot weather favourite at Yen Linh6 from The Food Forest7 Hey Jupiter8 Sfogliatelli from From Scratch9 South Australia's Best Pastie10 Ruby Red Flamingo11 Watermelon Radish from Patlin Gardens12 Love Offal?13 Bombora 14

shopping in Adelaide is somewhat eccentric but we have some of Australia’s best and best priced vintage shopping. Two favourites the Antique Market city centre is a literal Aladdin’s cave. Fabulous vintage clothes upstairs, downstairs the best array of 40s to 60s costume jewellery, accoutrements, silverware and so much more. This is a shop not to be missed.

The other great favourite Exclusive Vintage, 35A Braund Road, Prospect about 10 minutes from Adelaide centre…telephone +61 8 8344 4455 no web site — open Thursday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm, Friday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm, Saturday 10.00 am – 4:00 pm. Owner Fern has an eye for the divine and a size range from tiny to medium. I just love taking my Chinese guests to both of these shops, but admit to the tinsiest amount of envy as the snaffle exquisite pieces in size 10 or less…oh well!

cellar doors and wine regions and their close proximity to the city centre, like for example Penfolds Magill Estate just 15 minutes from the city centre and the Adelaide Hills just 30 minutes and the Barossa and McLaren Vale just 45 minutes. Dining in wine regions (on a world scale) can be mediocre but McLaren Vale is bless with several fine restaurant including The Kitchen Door, Fino and D’ Arry’s Verandah. In the Barossa for simple German style smallgoods plate Lehmann’s wines is a brilliant solution, but the jewel in the crown is Fermentasian with the sublime cooking of Tuoi Do in combination with the outstanding wine list of partner Grant Dickson is a memorable dining experience not to be missed. We have not eaten there but have been getting very positive reports about Hentley Farm from people we know and trust and it is on our list for immediate review. The price of $210 for their discovery menu with matched wines is out there equating with a one or two Michelin starred restaurant for lunch so we will reserve our recommendation until we have had the experience. The do have a less expensive menu $115 with matched wines. Of course the great problem is that the same money spent at FermentAsian delivers a wine and food experience not matched in South Australia. The Rockford Stonewall Table remains one of the Barossa’s best dining experiences. Basically for Stonewall members and their guests long–term planning is required to get in… READ MORE

It has to be said that the high end in regional South Australian dining does not really deliver on a world scale and in most instances wine and food matching needs substantial work. Service, especially for the price, is generally sub standard. The one shining exception to this comment is Thorn Park by the Vines (Clare Valley) where the sublime cooking of David Hay in combination with the meticulous service of partner Michael Speers is one of the greatest South Australian regional accommodation and dining combos.

of course every region has it’s jewels and the best way to find these is to check out the regions bottom right hand side. One region that we believe is missed by many is the Riverland and we will shortly be adding a Riverland regional guide. It has to be said that dining is in short supply, especially given the fabulous ingredients grown in the region. For anyone who thinks that the Riverland just makes box wine, think again there are some stunning examples of dry grown Italian and Spanish varietals. We have some fantastic quirky accommodation and dining experiences and heaps of great to share. More to come!

breakfast…a revamped breakfast for Adelaide please click here

Lucia’s Pizzeria, the Adelaide Central Market Precinct is an Adelaide institution, that whilst now surrounded with many other breakfast offerings including all manner of Asian breakfasts it remains a favourite.

only on Fridays can you find special lunch deals but our all time Friday favourite is the Sarawak Luxa (pictured below left) from Asian Gourmet. A luxa is a bit of an Adelaide thing that most of us when travelling, miss as much as the odd lavishly buttered Vegemite toast.

sundays in Adelaide can be tough love but Sosta does a mean steak and we like their entrées and has some forty interesting wines by the glass all carefully cared for. Doesn’t matter what day of the week they are always busy and best to call to get a reservation.

in season
the great Southern Rock (crayfish if you are an Aussie) is back in season and the quality we have been getting has been fantastic. I’ve been lucky enough to eat lobster all over the world but chefs agree nothing compares to South Australian crayfish and we’ll have lots of new (and some old favourites) over the coming months of the season. The problem is sashimi is damned hard to go past!

We get dozens of emails asking where our crayfish can be eaten, sad to say very few shining examples however one of our casual favourites Jolleys Boathouse does special crayfish in the season and is a restaurant that comes highly recommended. Jolleys has a nice riverside location and is about ten minutes walk from the city centre.

out of season
sadly, the South Australian oyster season is usually finished first week in November and doesn’t open again until mid to end of March season depending.

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Adelaide & Regional
South Australia

about $20
  • Addis Ababa Café
    Western Suburbs, African, the best!
  • Asian Gourmet
    Adelaide Central Markets, Malaysian/Chinese, Sarawak Laksa Friday, the best!
  • Bay Fish Shop
    Glenelg, beach side, fish & chips
  • Bombora right on the beach at Goolwa, simple cheap and value for money – local cockles in season
  • Blessed Cheese main street Mclaren Vale, they keep it fresh and they keep it simple (and delicious) and it is great value for money
  • Cam Wah
    Western Suburbs, Vietnamese/Chinese
  • China Town Café
    Adelaide Central Markets, Malaysian/Chinese, good laksa
  • Ding Hao
    Gouger Street, City, Chinese Yum Cha, 7 days book Saturday & Sunday
  • Fish Out of Water
    Hyde Park,fish & chips
  • Henley Kiosk
    Beach side, breakfast coffee, we love it!
  • Hey Jupiter
    east end city very yummy sandwiches especially their pork belly
  • Hong Fat
    Adelaide Central Markets, Chinese, suckling pig Fridays
  • HúóNG Phú QuáN
    Western Suburbs, Vietnamese
  • Keong Kee Peking Duck BBQ
    just 7 seats, very yummy great offal weekends
  • Lawash Bakery
    Torrensville, Afghani kebab house
  • Lucia’s Pizzeria
    Adelaide Central Markets, Italian
  • NANO
    East End City, Italian, great coffee and breakfast, inexpensive value lunch
  • Nghi Ngân Quán– Western Suburbs, Vietnamese...they have moved to Woodville Road
  • Organic Café
    Adelaide Hills contemporary Australian
  • Parwana
    Torrensville, Afghani
  • Penang Hawker’s Corner
    Adelaide Central Markets, Malaysian/Chinese
  • Port Elliot Bakery
    South Coast best pastie in South australia
  • Saizen Sushi Bar
    North Adelaide, sushi
  • Seng Kee Yum Cha
    Adelaide Central Markets, Chinese, yum cha best tripe & egg tarts, a favourite!!
  • Van deepest darkest Athol Park, Vietnamese
  • Vegetarian Garden off City mall, vegetarian
  • Vien Xu Western Suburbs, Vietnamese
  • Wah Hing Adelaide Central Markets, Chinese
  • Wong Lee Adelaide Central Markets, Chinese
  • Yen Linh
    Western Suburbs, Vietnamese; they now have a second venue Field Street, opposite the Adelaide Central Market
  • about $60
  • Benjamin on Franklin
  • Botanic Café East Terrace, City, Italian
  • Citi Zen
    Pulteney Street, City, Chinese, best, dim sum in Adelaide
  • Estia
    beach side, Henley Beach, Greek
  • European (The)
    The Parade, Norwood, Italian
  • FermentAsian
    main street Tanunda in the Barossa Valley.
  • Georges on Waymouth
    Waymouth Street, City, Italian
  • Good Life Pizza
    Hutt Street, City, pizza
  • Jasmin Indian Restaurant
    Hindmarsh Square, City, Indian
  • Melt
    King William Road, Hyde Park, contemporary Australian
  • Queen’s Head Hotel
    hide away North Adelaide, Contemporary Australian, good value
  • Sarah’s Sister and Future Café
    beach side, Semaphore,vegetarian, veryquirky
  • River Café
    War Memorial Drive, City, Modern European
  • The Kitchen Door
    regional McLaren Vale, contemporary Australian…old review different chef, still good!
  • Upstairs at Hollicks
    regional Coonawarra, contemporary Australian, winery
  • Victory Hotel
    beach side, Sellicks Beach, contemporary Australian, fab cellar
  • Windy Point Café
    Belair (15 mins from city) contemporary Australian
  • about $80
  • Andrè’s Cucina and Polenta Bar
    contemporary Italian great attention to in season, two sittings
  • Apothecary 1878 contemporary Australian, wine bar
  • Botanic Gardens Restaurant
    getting great reviews, finally have access to Botanic Gardens produce and people we respect love the revamped food!
  • Buenos Airies Brasserie
    Hutt Street, city, Argentinean grill
  • d’Arry's Verandah
    regional McLaren Vale, contemporary Australian
  • Fino
    regional McLaren Vale, contemporary Australian.
  • Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant
    King William Street and river, contemporary Australian
  • Kenji
    Pulteney Street, City, contemporary Australian/Japanese
  • Lion Hotel
    Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, contemporary Australian
  • Press food and wine
    Waymouth Street, City, contemporary Australian
  • Red Ochre Restaurant
    War Memorial Drive, City, contemporary Australian, modern
  • Sosta
    Rundle Street, City, Argentinian steak house, real wood grill, best teak in Adelaide
  • The Pot Food and Wine
    5 minutes from the city
  • _$100 to the max
  • Chloe’s Restaurant& Function Centre
    Fullarton Road, Kent Town, contemporary Australian
  • Gaucho’s
    Grote Street, City
  • Magill Estate Restaurant
    Penfolds Road, Magill
  • Piper’s of Penola
    regional, Coonawarra, contemporary Australian
  • Rockford Stonewall Table
    regional Barossa, members and friends only, contemporary Australian
  • Windy Point Restaurant
    Belair Road (15 mins from city), contemporary Australian, fab view
  • breakfast
  • breakfast overview
  • Lucia’s Pizzeria & Spaghetti Bar
    Adelaide Central Markets Italian
  • Citi Zen
    King William Street, City, Chinese
    gg top 20
  • Henley Kiosk
    beach side, Henley Beach, contemporary Australian
  • The Café
    Hawker Street, Bowden, contemporary Australian
  • Queen Street Café
    removed from Galaxy Guides 14 February, 2014
  • Fino
    regional, McLaren Vale, contemporary Australian, only Saturday
    gg top 20
  • Sebel Playford Adelaide
    North Terrace, Adelaide, contemporary Australian
  • Tin Cat Café
    Rundle Street, Kent Town, contemporary Australian
  • drinks
  • drinks overview
  • Apothecary 1878
    contemporary Australian, old style
  • Chesser Cellars
    contemporary Australian, old style
  • Colonist Hotel
    contemporary Australian, quirky
  • Sangria and Mesa Lunga corner Morphett and Gouger Street, city, tapas & drinks
  • beach side fish and chips
  • real chips
    a fish and chip shop that to my complete astonishment cuts its own chips…yeah! …and they are beach side Semaphore at the Semaphore Fish and Chip Shop, 36a Semaphore Road, Semaphore South Australia. If you don’t want to queue on Fridays and Saturdays telephone 8449 8277 and order in advance.

  • beach side
  • henley beach 15 minutes from city
  • largs bay 20 minutes from city
  • south coast and mclaren vale
    about 1 hour
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