When it comes to Australia’s foodie map, Sydney and Melbourne take up a lot of the spotlight, but Adelaide is just as noteworthy—thanks to its own league of culinary wizards and a stellar local wine industry. At the heart of the city’s dining scene is the urban neighhourhood known as West End, where you’ll find all sorts of cuisine served up in a vibrant atmosphere. So book your Adelaide hotel and set out to explore the must-visit restaurants in the area.
Tucked into a little side street, this laid-back joint is open from mid-morning to late evening, so you can wander in whenever the mood strikes. Its diverse menu ranges from salt-and-pepper squid and soft-shell crab brioche to hardier meals like crispy-skin barramundi fillet (not to mention an extremely well-curated wine list). If you’re visiting Lindes Lane on a Friday or Saturday, you can sneak through a secret door behind the ornamental fireplace to the speakeasy, The Barlow Room.
Pink Moon Deli
The more casual, younger sibling of the sleek Pink Moon Saloon (named Australia’s bar of the year in 2016 by foodie bible Gourmet Traveller), Pink Moon Deli is where you’ll find uncomplicated lunch fare such as charcoal chook (Australian for roast chicken), smoked brisket, and a BLT made a little more fancy with the addition of fior di latte cheese. Plan to come earlier in the day to accommodate the “11:30 am til sold out” policy.
You’ll find the dining experience at Shobosho a little, well, dramatic thanks to the smoke, steam, and fire techniques its chefs use to recreate the art of Japanese yakitori, or grilled chicken on skewers. (Aptly named, Shobosho means “fire house” in Japanese.) While yakitori is the main attraction, you can also dig into delicious bao, dumplings, noodles, and spit-roasted meats. Feeling adventurous? Top your meal off with some pumpkin and miso ice-cream.
If pizza’s your thing, Sunny’s is your place—but be prepared to have some fun. This hangout, favoured by the cool kids, is known for its rowdy vibe as it serves up creative takes on the Italian dish, as well as a few “not pizza” accompaniments like zucchini ribbons tossed in mint, pepitas, sunflower seeds, parmesan and ricotta. After you’ve finished your meal, you can burn off a few calories on the dance floor under the mirror ball.
The slinky sounds of jazz paired with a distinctly Spanish aesthetic make Udaberri the perfect evening watering hole. Inspired by the owners’ time spent in San Sebastian, Spain, this elegant locale offers up authentic tapas and “pintxos” of all kinds, as well as 20 variations of gin and tonic, each with garnishes tailored to the gin’s botanicals.
While your tastebuds are bound to be satisfied by a visit to West End, be sure to also indulge your cultural side – and kill time between meals – at one of the many venues for contemporary art located throughout neighbourhood.