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Where to eat in Adelaide – a food and dining guide

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Adelaide might be one of the world’s leading wine regions, but these days it’s got serious gastronomic gusto to go with its tempting bottles of plonk. You’ll be able to find tastes from all four corners of the globe in Adelaide, as well as seeing the great strides the city’s made in turning Modern Australian into a match for any imported fare. From al fresco Asian to seaside seafood, Adelaide has it all. 

Typical dish

 

Modern Australian is turning Adelaide’s eateries into must-visits for adventurous foodies. An example of Mod-Oz is a tasty, locally sourced soft-shell tempura crab with an Asian slaw salad twist.

Rundle Street

 

Take your tastebuds to Rundle Street and they might be fooled into thinking you’ve gone on a global tour, such is the variety of cuisines on offer. This sun-kissed area excels in the art of al fresco dining, whether you’re stopping by for breakfast or dinner. If you’re after vegetarian or a full-on meat-feast, you’ll find it here, with the best of both worlds on offer at the funky Vego & Love'n. It's where meat-free burgers are the order of the day. For something spicier, Jasmin Indian is one of the tastiest eateries in the region.

 

Vego & Love’n It, Level 1, 240 Rundle St, 05000
Tel: 08 8223 7411
Jasmin Indian, 31 Hindmarsh Sq, 05000
Tel: 08 8223 7837


Adelaide Central Market and Gouger Street

 

If you’re a foodie, Adelaide Central Market is an absolute must, with 140 years’ pedigree in supplying the tastiest and most tantalising grub. It’s perfect for eating out in as well as browsing, and the region around the Market itself, not to mention the lively Gouger Street, is a hotbed of scintillating Asian cuisine. For sushi, look no further than Matsuri, where Japanese tradition meets convenience. If you’re after Chinese food, you’ll have plenty of options but one of the best is East Taste Café which offers a lively, flavorsome slice of the Orient.

 

Matsuri, 167 Gouger St, 05000
Tel: 08 8231 3494
East Taste Café, 119 Gouger St, 05000
Tel: 08 8231 0268

 

O'Connell Street

 

In the North of the city, O’Connell Street is another hugely popular and characterful dining region, thanks to its mix of cultures and menus, as well as a host of restored pubs for a post or pre-dinner drink. Another region where variety is king, perhaps the top of the pile when it comes to O’Connell Street’s eateries are the Italian restaurants, not least the simple but splendid Ruby Red Flamingo, where authenticity is key. If seafood’s more your thing you’ll be spoiled for choice too, with Blanc on O’Connell a safe, satisfying bet for all things underwater.

 

Ruby Red Flamingo, 142 Tynte St, 05006
Tel: 08 8267 5769
Blanc on O’Connell, Shop 31 81 O’Connell St Vale Ave, 05006
Tel: 08 8361 8988

 

Glenelg

 

If you want to take full advantage of one of the other major trump cards Adelaide has on offer – namely its unspoilt, golden beaches - then a 30 minute tram ride from the center will take you to Glenelg for some high-end beachfront dining. As you stroll among the palm trees you’ll soon discover that food isn’t an afterthought to the spectacular scenery, with an array of cuisines on offer from Mexican to Vietnamese. Two of the best are the Thai Sabai Café, and the Modern Australian flavors of the Zest Café Gallery.

 

Sabai Café, 105 Partridge St, 5045
Tel: 08 8295 8808
Zest Café Gallery, 2 Sussex St, 5045
Tel: 08 8295 3599