While May is the month for all things Tasting Australia, you might not be too enthusiastic about crowds, or simply can’t decide on one of the 150 experiences on offer – don’t worry we get it. Taking it back a notch, we’ve put together a list of five new cafes and restaurants in and around Adelaide to make your dining decision a little easier this month – that’s if you’re not feeling old faithfuls as listed in our best restaurants in Adelaide guide.
1. Barrel, Stirling
Perched high on the mighty Adelaide Hills’ leafy town of Stirling, Barrel has made its debut as the new go-to neighbourhood wine bar with a flare. Easily accessible from the main drag, Barrel offer a lengthy list of local and international tipple, along with a condensed menu of fare sourced nearby with the likes of charcuterie boards and Kingfish crudo. Dine al fresco or cosy up on a plush booth within the stone walls and earthy interior of Barrel. And although not technically a cafe or restaurant, the refurbished, cottage-esque small bar is worth an inspection.
Where: 4 Mount Barker Rd, Stirling
2. Sth, Unley
Attention to detail does not go astray at Unley’s slick cafe and restaurant, Sth. If you’re feeling a little bit fancy and looking for an excuse to dress up, look no further than this King William Road treasure. With golden details and marble countertops, the dimly lit eatery takes its finesse from the classic brasseries and bistros of Europe. Sth’s wooden walls and globe light fixtures might just take you back to a bygone era as you feast on Australian-Asian fusion sourced from a family farm in the Barossa Valley. Think: confit duck served with orange glaze; roasted cauliflower with almond paste and spinach purée; and Scotch fillet slow cooked for 24 hours with red wine jus.
Where: 27 King William Rd, Unley
3. Nauti Buoy, Henley Beach South
No matter your favourite time of the day to dine, Nauti Buoy is your answer. The day-to-late joint exudes beachy tones and ambiance, partly due to their prime location with almost panoramic views overlooking the waters of St. Vincent Gulf. Enjoy a hot cup o’ Joe and a baked bean and mozzarella jaffle by day, followed by a sublime cocktail as the sunsets over the horizon. Nauti Buoy is upscale and casual all in one.
Where: 1 Henley Beach Rd, Henley Beach South
4. Dante’s Deli, Glenelg
Tucked in a side street nook just off of Glenelg’s bustling Moseley Square lies the brand spanking new, Dante’s Deli. With a passion for simple food and quality ingredients inspired by Italian culture, Dante’s Deli are creating sangas that are fast, affordable, and dang tasty. Fresh produce combined with bread supplied from dough experts, Boulangerie 113 on Goodwood Road, along with coffee roasted locally by Hark, Dante’s are already proving to be a neighbourhood, seaside hit. Oh, and don’t forget to grab a hot off the press sweet pastry too. Have a read of our chat with co-owner, Taylor Ferrante here.
Where: 3/58 Jetty Street, Glenelg
5. Paper Tiger, Adelaide
South-East Asian fusion fare is being dished out at Rundle Street’s latest venture, Paper Tiger. The restaurant aims to transport diners to Hong Kong’s neon-lit night markets, facade-wise, while taste buds will be dancing with meals that draw on inspiration from Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. The 60-seater restaurant is somewhat sophisticated, and is a super cool spot for a curated cocktail or a vino in hand. Find out more details about Paper Tiger here.
Where: 285 Rundle St, Adelaide