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31 May 2019

With MasterChef  hitting some of South Australia’s top dining destinations last year, judges Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris dish-up the best restaurants in Adelaide.

Judges Matt, Gary & George taste-tested their way around Adelaide during the filming of MasterChef's travel week in South Australia. Sampling the city's best places to eat and drink as part of their week-long South Australian gastronomic safari here's our guide to Adelaide's best restaurants .


George Calombaris’ favourite places to eat in Adelaide

1. Shobosho, Adelaide CBD

Shobosho, Adelaide

George’s favourite spot in Adelaide is Leigh Street’s Shōbōsho – the latest venture from prolific South Australian restauranteur Simon Kardachi. The Japanese-inspired menu blends smoke, steam and fire – the ancient traditions of Japanese yakitori – and has drawn Head Chef Adam Liston back to Adelaide after his stints in Shanghai and Melbourne. Décor is slick, rich and warm with a distinctly Japanese feel. 

2. Sunny's Pizza, ADELAIDE CBd

Sunny's Pizza, Adelaide

Retro and wonderfully kitsch, Sunny’s Pizza is a must-visit Adelaide restaurant. Opened recently by five friends and designed by Adelaide’s Studio-Gram (the architects behind Africola and Osteria Oggi), digging into a pizza at Sunny’s feels like a meal at your most eccentric friend’s house, but with the addition of an awesome bar, DJs and, let’s face it, probably much better food.

3. restaurant Orana, Adelaide CBD

Restaurant Orana, Adelaide

Adelaide’s Restaurant Orana is a major standout for George. Named Australia’s Restaurant of the Year 2018 by Gourmet Traveller magazine and Restaurant of the Year 2019 by the Good Food Guide, Adelaide’s Restaurant Orana is lead by internationally-renowned local chef Jock Zonfrillo. Orana boldly uses native ingredients like bunya nuts, green ants and quandongs to create culinary works of art.

Gary Mehigan's favourite places to eat in Adelaide

4. Bistro Blackwood, Adelaide CBD

Blackwood, Adelaide
Orana’s younger, bubblier and slightly more budget-conscious sibling, Bistro Blackwood (also run by Jock Zonfrillo) is a Mehigan favourite. Located in Adelaide’s buzzing East End, it’s a place for everyone, boasting a seasonally evolving menu using the same Indigenous ingredients and techniques as Orana.

5. Nido, King William Road

Nido Bar | Pasta

Intimate, boutique and constantly evolving, Nido, formerly The Pot, is a favourite Adelaide food establishment. With Shōbōsho head chef Max Sharrad, recently named Young Chef of the Year in the 2018 Appetite for Excellence awards, taking the reins, the popular haunt has transformed into an Italian restaurant and aperitivo bar. Tucked away on trendy King William Road, Nido, meaning 'nest' in Italian, dishes up artisan cured meats and salumi, plus bar snacks and larger plates including hand-made pastas and grilled meats.

6. Africola, Adelaide CBD

Africola, Adelaide

Johannesburg-born Duncan Welgemoed serves red hot, authentic South African cuisine at Adelaide’s wildly different Africola. One of Gary Mehigan’s favourite places to eat in Adelaide, cooking is done on the fire with a big emphasis on vegetables, seafood and rotisserie meats. It's colourful, loud, brash and boozy – just as it should be. 

Matt Preston's favourite places to eat in Adelaide

7. Parwana, Henley Beach Road

Pawana Kitchen, Adelaide

When in Adelaide, Matt Preston can’t resist the tastes, aromas and rich history of Henley’s Parwana Afghan Restaurant. Owners Zelmai and Farida Ayubi migrated from Afghanistan with their young family in 1987. With them, they brought generations of culinary knowledge, resulting in some of the best Middle Eastern food in Australia.

8. Jamface by Poh, Adelaide Central Market

Jamface by Poh, Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide ex-MasterChef contestant Poh has flourished post-show, handcrafting a gorgeous café in the heart of the Adelaide Central Market. Jamface café prides itself on homemade produce, plating-up Scandinavian-inspired lunches, fresh breakfasts, pastries, pasta sauces, jams and more. Pop by on a Friday night for the set menu dinner, paired with lip-smacking South Australian wine.

9. The Middle Store, Melrose Park

The Middle Store, Adelaide

Tucked way in the unassuming Adelaide suburb of Melrose Park lies The Middle Store – a favourite Adelaide haunt for our cravat-loving MasterChef judge. The owners intricately weave their Lebanese heritage into everything from the store’s modern airy décor, to their drool-worthy menu. Spend your morning or early afternoon tucking into korfta burgers, zaatar flatbred and hummus bagels.



Hennessy Rooftop Bar, Adelaide
What's good food without great drink to match? Finish your night off with a glass of South Australian wine, craft beer, cider or spirits at Gary, George and Matt's favourite Adelaide Bars. Take your pick from Clever Little Tailor, La Rambla, Proof, Pink Moon Saloon and so much more. See our our top 10 list of bars in Adelaide and get sipping!

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