February 13, 2018
With the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Adelaide Festival, and WOMADelaide coming to Australia's festival state, from late February to the end of March, it's no wonder we locals affectionately call it "Mad March!"
The second largest Fringe Festival in the world, second only to Edinburgh, the Adelaide Fringe literally takes over the entire city of Adelaide – with just about every park, theatre and laneway becoming a Fringe venue, while the Adelaide Festival's new floating venue on the River Torrens, The Palais, has become a major attraction of Mad March for all ages and palates.
Here at Yalumba the pièce de résistance of Adelaide's festive season is WOMADelaide. This year will mark our seventh as sponsors of this wonderful world music event, which is held in Adelaide's stunning Botanic Park in the centre of the city from the 9th – 12th of March.
So, if you're visiting the festival city this year to indulge in some serious festive fun, don't forget to check out some of Adelaide's best restaurants while you're here.
Here are some of our top picks, from casual fare to classic fine dining.
The city of Adelaide has long been seen by those from the Eastern States as a bit of a backwater, but over the past ten years Adelaide has experienced a cultural and epicurean renaissance.
Many of the bars and restaurants that have contributed to this sit in and around Leigh, Peel, and Hindley Streets and the North Terrace precinct. And while there are too many to mention, Melt, 2KW, and Hains & Co are among the "trendsetters" who started it all… and are still going strong.
Melt is a casual dining restaurant featuring simple, fresh and delicious Italian inspired dishes. With a focus on pizza, and simple share plates, it's the perfect place to go with a big group of friends before heading out to a show, or bar hopping.
2KW is a stunning rooftop bar and restaurant that sits high above the city at the corner of North Terrace and King William Street. While its breath-taking views of Parliament House, the Festival Theatre and Adelaide Oval are worth mentioning, it's 2KW's food and wine list that really make it special. With a sophisticated shareable menu of modern Australian-style dishes that make locally sourced, fresh, seasonal produce the feature, it's one Adelaide's finest!
If you're looking for an atmospheric bar to start your evening, or to settle in to for the night, look no further than Hains & Co. Hidden in the back streets of the CBD, this little nautical themed gem serves up delicious cocktails from 4pm until late.
For arguably the finest coffee and best brunches in Adelaide, head to the fabulous My Kingdom for a Horse on Wright Street in the city. Don't be fooled by its off-the-beaten-track location this is the "place to be" for anyone who likes their eggs and bacon with a side of "something new". From Shakshouka, Huevos Rancheros and the "Full Kingdom" for breakfast, to Super Green salads, fried chicken, and the Wright Street Reuben for lunch, there's something for everyone and all tastes at the Kingdom.
If you're looking for a quick lunch or dinner between fringe shows look no further than Hey Jupiter and Bistro Blackwood both located in the Rundle Street precinct, which sits opposite the Adelaide Fringe hub and its two major curated venues, The Garden of Unearthly Delights and Gluttony. Hey Jupiter is a simple French Brasserie with a modern twist and serves up delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinner and simple bar snacks all day long!
Bistro Blackwood is the casual dining option from Orana chef Jock Zonfrillo, and sits just under the famous restaurant. It offers a similarly unique menu to Orana but at bistro prices in a relaxed setting. It's the perfect place for a simple quick pre-show meal, or a long lingering lunch or dinner, right in the heart of the city.
For those wanting to venture beyond the CBD, there are some great local pubs on the city fringe that are perfect for escaping the March madness.
We love The Kentish Hotel, which sits on the pretty, tree-lined, Stanley Street, in historic North Adelaide. It's your classic "country pub in the city" and not only does a tasty Chicken Parmigiana and Chips (or "Parmy" as we like to call them in South Australia) it also has regular live music, food and wine deals and even a weekly quiz night!
The Parkside Hotel with its recent makeover has become a favourite for trendy inner-city-suburb dwellers looking for the experience of a "local pub" with something a little more to offer on the menu. If you're looking for traditional pub-fare their Steak Sandwich is absolutely delicious, or for something lighter, try their Grilled Chimmi Chicken Salad.
Want to try some of the finest Italian fare in Adelaide? Look no further than Chianti Classico on Hutt Street.
A stalwart of the Adelaide gourmet food and wine scene, Chianti has been going strong for over 30 years and still manages to impress every single time. With its constantly changing seasonal menu of traditional Italian cuisine, a fantastic wine list and a bustling neighbourhood atmosphere, it's a sure bet for lovers of Italian food.
George's on Waymouth is another classic of the Adelaide food and wine scene. Established by George and Voula Kasimatis in November 2002, they serve a range of fine Mediterranean inspired dishes featuring fresh seasonal produce. With impeccable service and a warm and inviting atmosphere, George's strikes the perfect balance between fine dining and home cooking.
Of course, if you have time for a day trip to the Barossa, join us for a tasting at the Yalumba Wine Room. If you can't make it to the Barossa you can enjoy our range of fine Yalumba wines at any of the above restaurants and bars.