South African born chef, Duncan Welgemoed, spent 11 years working in England before forging his reputation at the renowned Bistro Dom.
BY DAVE BROOKES
His current restaurant Africola is one of Adelaide city’s hottest dining venues. In Duncan’s words “It’s a contemporary African restaurant ‘slash’ bar".
“Cooking is done on the fire with a big emphasis on vegetables, seafood and rotisserie meats. It’s loud, brash and boozy just as it should be.”
Africola buzzes; it’s eclectic and exciting, the food just downright delicious. The peri-peri chicken with hearts and livers is sensational as are the house-made boerewors and for the more adventurous the cows head shaka is bound to capture your attention.
There is a great wine list here too with some of the hottest producers from Australia and further afield available, all rating high on the drinkability meter.
Africola, East End, Adelaide
Bespoke at Africola
As far as produce goes Duncan explains, “a lot of the produce we use at Africola is bespoke. Working with small farmers and growers with all animals being bred and raised exclusively for use by me so I know the quality of their life and the quality of the final product is spot on".
“One person who I love working with and has great produce is Richard Gunner at Feast Fine Foods. He has several outlets around Adelaide, the Central Markets, Norwood, Unley and Victor Harbor. The Coorong Angus Beef is excellent”.
“It’s not from South Australia, but one product I swear by are Eco Briquettes from Abel Kotsonis produced from Mopani Namibian hardwood. They are amazing, proceeds go to rhino conservation and we all should be cooking more over open fires.”
As for where to dine in Adelaide, Duncan likes Magill Estate for “its setting, simplicity and beautifully executed cooking”.
“It’s perfect for Sunday lunch; some wagyu and a bottle of Grange is pretty hard to beat. I also like Orana, fantastic food and Jock (Zonfrillo) just keeps on pushing the boundaries. Friday lunch is the time to go and Golden Boy is awesome.”
“For regional restaurants Fino, Seppeltsfield and fermentAsian in the Barossa are excellent and for little “hole-in-the-wall” joints Parwana Afghan Kitchen is $#%@ing awesome and Saigon Gate on Prospect Road is always a favourite for Vietnamese and their combination beef pho has revived me on numerous occasions.”Africola is located at 4 East Terrace, Adelaide. Ph: 08 8223 3885;
Service is from 6pm - late, Tuesday to Saturday.