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
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
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
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
5. Andre's Cucina & Polenta Bar, Adelaide CBD
Ex-MasterChef contestant Andre Ursini’s self-titled Cucina & Polenta Bar is another of Gary Mehigan's best restaurants in Adelaide. Cooking traditional dishes using rich, hearty recipes, everything about Andre's is warm, inviting and lathered in regional Italian charm.
6. Nido, King William Road
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.
7. Africola, Adelaide CBD
Matt Preston's favourite places to eat in Adelaide
8. Parwana, Henley Beach Road
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.
9. Jamface by Poh, Adelaide Central Market
10. The Middle Store, Melrose Park
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