Food Drink

6 new venues that opened in Adelaide in May

Adelaide is constantly buzzing with new and exciting venues and we’ve put together a list of 6 new venues that opened this month.

Header image: Brid. Body images: Kelly Golding; La Locanda

Cafes and restaurants are popping up all over Adelaide and we can’t get enough, so we’ve compiled a quick list on 6 new spots that opened and where to find them!

Fugazzi Bar & Dining Room

Formerly Rigoni’s Bistro, the Leigh Street space has been taken over by powerhouse foodie duo Max and Laura Sharred, co-owners of Hyde Park’s popular Italian spot Nido, who have brought the Fugazzi vision to life in partnership with Studio-gram, the group behind a number of architecturally gorgeous venues across Adelaide.

Guests can expect an array of perfectly crafted menu items – a step away from Nido’s menu; inspired by the foods Max and Laura grew up eating – with a more high-end offering in a space that guests can dress up and make a night out of.

The curated menu currently features gourmet pizza options including decadent smoked eggplant pizza with confit garlic, San Marzano, fermented chilli and pecorino alongside decadent grill and pasta options including luxurious whole egg taglierini, hand picked blue swimmer crab.

Find Fugazzi Bar & Dining Room at 27 Leigh Street.


The new kids on the Piccadilly block are serving up fresh coffee by Monday’s, and organic sourdough, in a quaint and humbling space with neutral tones and wooden accents that perfectly capture the cosiness of the hills.

Brid has already made a name for themselves not only for their coffee, but also those with a sweet tooth seeing house-made apple pie and biscuits up for grabs with Glam’s own photographer Andrew giving it an A+. What is possibly the cafes largest point of difference however, is their freshly baked breads on offer in collaboration with local bakeries and farms, for customers to purchase and take home with them.

Find Bird at 176 Piccadilly Road, Piccadilly, South Australia.

Simon Tolley Cellar Door

The Adelaide Hills has gained a brand-new cellar door with the welcome of Simon Tolley Wines Cellar Door, having opened just recently with Premier Steven Marshall in attendance.

The brand-new establishment presents a rustic and urban finish with polished concrete floors in what feels like a warm and humbling space that perfectly encapsulates the authenticity of Simon Tolley Wines. Offering a choice of five cool range wine flights for $20, Simon Tolley Wines Cellar Door guests can also expect to accompany their tasting with artisan cheese from Section28.

With five generations of grape growers his family, a Bachelor of Applied Science, and a priceless bank of knowledge on how quality of fruit makes great wine, Simon Tolley knows nothing more than how to appease the pallet of his customers. 

Find Simon Tolley Cellar Door at 278 Bird in Hand Rd, Woodside SA 5244.

Gaja Express

After wowing Masterchef audiences in 2018, winner Sashi Cheliah is continuing his domination of the Adelaide foodie scene, with the opening of Gaja Express, an on-the-go Pan-Asian inspired breakfast and lunch spot that’s perfect for midday cravings. 

offering warming comfort food from sweetly spiced curries and roti bread wraps with authentic Indian and Asian-inspired fillings, as well as a plethora of pastries and cakes to satisfy your sweet tooth such as Vietnamese coffee cupcakes. 

Providing a much-needed healthy, and affordable range of fast lunches with menu highlights including convenient Grab N Go bowls, customers can construct their own layered lunch, choosing from a range of mouth-watering grains, curries, salads and sauce flavours such as chickpea masala, tamarind and date chutney and cumin yogurt dressing. 

Find Gaja Express at Unit 6/11 Waymouth Street from 7:30 – 2:30 daily. 

La Locanda

Aiming to expand customers’ perceptions of Italian food, La Locanda co-founders are serving up mouth-watering dishes that go beyond what we think to be traditional Italian.

Opening night saw La Locanda serving up spaghetti trapanese and pan-fried coorong mullet, with other dishes including chargrilled octopus with hummus foam, cherry tomato confit and olive tapenade, fresh prawn ravioli with porcini, lobster bisque and lemon, and market fish with fresh fennel, dill, mint, and grapefruit.

Guests can eat the modern dishes in the restaurant’s simple black and gold interior, which is modelled after company Giorgio Armani, where Marra cooked in Milano in the past. 

Find La Locanda at 3/94 Frome Street.

Sky Vietnamese Vegan Restaurant

While the restaurant specialises in vegan pho, laksa and curry, Sky Vietnamese Restaurant offers an array of beverages, mains, and desserts. They offer vegetable stir fries, tofu and veggie clay pots, fried rice, spring rolls, and Vietnamese-inspired vermicelli with lemongrass tofu and mock beef. They have a en entire “mock” selection, with mock chicken and beef dishes to fool even meat eaters. Each dish is cooked with little oil and no MSG to ensure the dishes are healthy for their customers. 

The restaurant also has some epic-sounding desserts, such as avocado ice cream, crème brûlée, and a Vietnamese-style banana fritter. Other creative presentations include purple pansies and fairy floss trees adorning the dish.

To wash it all down, Sky Restaurant offers Vietnamese coffee, lychee soda drinks, coconut juice, mojito cocktails and more. 

Find Sky Vietnamese Restaurant at 41 – 43 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide. 

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