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2 Jul 2018

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

Unlike this year’s MasterChef cast, you won’t have to survive eliminations or pressure tests to taste the best food in Adelaide. Judges Matt, Gary & George have done the work for you, sampling the city's best places to eat and drink as part of their week-long South Australian gastronomic safari. Using the fruits of their labour, we present you with the ultimate 10/10 Adelaide food guide.

George Calombaris’ favourite places to eat in Adelaide

1. Shobosho, Adelaide CBD

Shobosho, Adelaide
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
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. Orana, Adelaide CBD

Orana, Adelaide
Orana, Adelaide
Adelaide’s Orana is a major standout for George. 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. Orana was named Australia’s Restaurant of the Year 2018 by Gourmet Traveller magazine and Restaurant of the Year 2019 by the Good Food Guide.

Gary Mehigan's favourite places to eat in Adelaide

4. Bistro Blackwood, Adelaide CBD

Blackwood, Adelaide
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. Andre's Cucina & Polenta Bar, Adelaide CBD

Andre's Cucina & Polenta Bar
Andre's Cucina & Polenta Bar

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. The Pot by Emma McCaskill, King William Road

The Pot by Emma McCaskill, Adelaide
The Pot by Emma McCaskill, Adelaide

Intimate, boutique and constantly evolving, The Pot by Emma McCaskill is a favourite Adelaide food establishment. Tucked away on trendy King William Road, dishes at The Pot are carefully crafted using local ingredients with a focus on clean, balanced flavours. The Pot has been awarded a ‘hat’ in the 2018 national Good Food Guide Awards and a ‘star’ in the Gourmet Traveller awards.

7. Africola, Adelaide CBD

Africola, Adelaide
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

8. Parwana, Henley Beach Road

Parwana, Adelaide
Parwana, 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.

9. Jamface by Poh, Adelaide Central Market

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.

10. The Middle Store, Melrose Park

The Middle Store, Adelaide
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.

WASH IT DOWN IN ADELAIDE'S BOOMING BAR SCENE

 

Hennessy Rooftop Bar, Adelaide
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!