A Comprehensive Guide To New Restaurants In Adelaide • Glam Adelaide

A Comprehensive Guide To New Restaurants In Adelaide

We’ve taken the confusion out of choosing your next dinner spot by compiling our favourite new restaurants that have popped up in Adelaide’s streets recently.

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Last updated July 2020, feature image: Indii Flavours

It’s no secret that we love trying out new eateries around the state. South Australia is blessed with incredibly fresh, high-quality produce and there is always somewhere new to visit that showcases it.

We’ve done the hard yards and compiled a list of the newest restaurants that have popped up in Adelaide’s streets recently, so that all you have to do is take your pick. We’ve also included new cafes because, hey, sometimes we aren’t feelin’ fancy.

The following venues have all opened within the last 12 months.

Disclaimer: Certain venues may not have reopened as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

Bambini Cucina

Hearty, family friendly, carb-y dishes that are a welcome addition to Peel Street’s majority small bar-centric offerings. Bambini Cucina with owners Franco and Teresa Sorgini at the helm, have produced a slice-of-Italy restaurant featuring home made dishes and Italian wine varietals. Read more here.

Opened June 2020.

Kokko Chicken

Husband and wife Julie and Ji Kim have opened an artistically progressive Korean fried chicken shop in the heart of Norwood. Their concept is simple and unique, to make quality chicken meals. Their menu goes beyond simple fried chicken with flavour combinations such as Citrus Mayo, Cheese Flake and Hot Soy. Read more here.

Opened June 2020.

Ikigai

Pronounced i-key-guy-e, a Japanese concept that roughly translates to “a reason for being.” This new Lightsview zero-waste eatery is sure to impress. Owners Dylan and Stephanie have endeavoured to create a sustainable and health-oriented space that fully grasps the philosophy of Ikigai. The menu changes seasonally and uses locally sourced organic products. Read more here.

Opened June 2020.

Neighbourhood Espresso Bar

A new contender for that best toastie in Adelaide, this hole-in-the-wall Prospect spot is sure to get your mouth watering. From Mac and Cheese to Pastrami toasties, there’s something for everyone. Even the sweet-tooths out there can get their sugar cravings met, with a devilishly delectable Nutella, raspberry and white chocolate toasted brioche offering. If that’s not enough the entice you into making this your new morning coffee spot, there are also freshly baked pastries from the legends at Abbots & Kinney up for grabs. Read more here.

Opened June 2020.

Ginkgo

Golding Wines and head chef, De Buys Nortier, have gifted Adelaide with a new dining experience at Ginkgo Restaurant. The seasonal menu features beautifully crafted dishes that will take your senses on a journey through the very best of South Australian produce. The restaurant offers a three or four-course set menu available in two sittings Friday to Sunday and public holidays. Read more here.

Opened March 2020.

Gunbae Chicken & Beer

Yunji Kim brings Adelaide an inner-city fried chicken oasis with finger-licking good offerings. Look no further than Gunbae for some authentic Korean fried chicken. Take your pick at the four different flavours: Gunbae original, Soy-Garlic, Yang Neyom or Sticky Soy. If fried chicken isn’t your go-to, Gunbae also offers a select range of vegetarian and vegan options. Read more here.

Opened February 2020.

The Gatsby Lounge

Opening quietly amidst the hubbub of Fringe, a new English old charm inspired bar and restaurant has nestled in the basement of the heritage listed Regent Arcade.

The Gatsby Lounge is Adelaide’s answer to the glitz and glamour of the early 1900s.

Opened in February

The Guardsman

Within the Adelaide Railway Station’s former Great Dining Hall, new bar and restaurant, The Guardsman, is now officially open. Refurbishing the Great Dining Hall has been a work in progress for over three years now, and has been transformed back to its former glory, when it opened originally in 1928. The menu features Mayura Station Beef Brisket and Shiraz Pie, Robarra Baby Barramundi served with Asian flavours, and some of South Australia’s finest seafood including Fleurieu Peninsula squid, Spencer Gulf prawns and Port Broughton Crab. Read more here.

Opened February 2020.

Bollywood Grill

Overlooking the North Haven Marina, this new Indian restaurant takes influence from modern Indian cooking trends while staying true to the authentic, traditional curries we have all grown to love. The restaurant specialises in Bollywood themed functions, parties and corporate lunches. Bollywood Grill sources their ingredients locally and internationally and boasts an extensive vegan/vegetarian menu. Oh, and they also have a seriously cheesy cheese naan that needs to be seen to be believed. Read more here.

Opened January 2020.

La Maremma

A taste of Tuscany in the heart of Adelaide’s western suburbs. This modern Italian restaurant takes inspiration from the coastal surrounds of southern Tuscany. Business partners Salvatore Bruzzese (who has lived in Maremma for most of his life) and Joel Marino designed the restaurant as a homage to the beauty of the region and to showcase the undeniably delicious flavours of Tuscan cuisine. The menu features hand-rolled pizzas, fresh plates of pasta and a range of Tuscan inspired dishes. Read more here.

Opened January 2020.

Lt Miss West

Adelaide’s best-kept secret in the heart of Woodville, but not for long. This cute cafe is your one-stop-shop for scrumptious food, delicious coffee and tantalising treats. Picture this: red velvet cookie doughnuts, lemon meringue tarts and beetroot buns. Hurry, act now before they’re all gone! Read more here.

Opened January 2020.

Indii Flavours

Winners of the best restaurant in Clare for 5 consecutive years running, Indii Flavours have finally opened a new city-side restaurant. Head chef, Rupesh, has used the skills past down from generations to help master his family recipes and cooking expertise. Housing fan favourites such as Butter Chicken, Tikka Masala and Rogan Josh, the restaurant offers plenty more exciting dishes that are sure to tantalise your tastebuds. Read more here.

Opened December 2019.

Hügel Wine Bar & Kitchen

Joshua Kleemann’s new foodie venture is the result of three years at Pike and Joyce, two years at FINO, and a love for local winemakers and producers. In its former life, Hügel Wine Bar & Kitchen was a bank, built in the 1950s, and the safe that remains in the middle of the space has been turned into a wine cellar. Hügel will serve wine-friendly food, Italian-esque in style. Read more here.

Opened December 2019.

Buk Buk

Found in Flinders Park, Buk Buk is a new eatery with a focus on Nashville Hot Chicken. Husband and wife team Emily & Kieren are the former owners of 127 Days, which they sold in 2018 and began developing Buk Buk as their latest offering. The menu includes fried chicken tenders, wings and filets paired with a variety of sides such as waffle fries, mac n’ cheese, baked beans and a coleslaw. Read more here.

Opened December 2019.

Seamore’s Bar & Restaurant

Formerly Henley Kiosk, and more recently Sandbar, the building Seamore’s is housed in has been a Henley Square cornerstone for many years. The design is eclectic and unique, and includes a million dollar waterfront view. Seamore’s dining will be focused on lunch and dinner with a transition to a bar vibe in the later evening. With a New York Italian meets Australian Surf Club menu, it features handmade fresh pasta, long-ferment pizzas and hoagies. The restaurant is also looking to launch a brunch menu in the new year. Read more here.

Opened December 2019.

Aces Pizza & Liquor

From the makers of Hustle & Vine, and various superstar chefs from Africola, comes the sweet Italian food + booze joint Aces Pizza and Liquor. Almost painted with a Scorsese or Tarantino brush, Aces is an Italian American gangster film reincarnated. It is cosy, authentic, and a major destination for two reasons: 1. The food comes out in ten minutes. 2. They have a takeaway liquor store. Read more here.

Opened December 2019.

MUM CHA 

Taking over the Malozzi site (Jock Zonfrillo’s Italian wine and snack bar), MUM CHA is decidedly different to its previous host. Led by the team behind wine bar Mother Vine, MUM CHA will mark the East End’s very first dumpling bar. Expect an ever-evolving dumpling menu, Yum Cha, and a carefully selected range of wines, beers and teas. Read more here.

Opened December 2019.

Grumpy B’s House of Fried Chicken

Taking inspiration from Chick-fil-A, Hattie B’s, and Popeyes, Grumpy B’s is slated to emulate fried chicken giants in the US. Operating out of CREAM in Brighton in the evenings, Grumpy B’s menu is dedicated entirely to fried chicken, chicken sandwiches, and sides. Read more here.

Opened November 2019.

Noi Vietnamese Eatery

The masterminds behind  Shibui and Devour explore an explosion of Vietnamese flavours at their new Noi Vietnamese Eatery. Taking over the old Chopstix venue, the team have introduced new decor and a fresh, flavourful menu teamed up with an interesting drinks menu. Read more here.

Opened November 2019.

La Adelita Mexican Cantina 

Mexican fave, La Adelita, has moved on to bigger and better things — in location and menu. After a stint out on the West Lakes lakefront, the Mexican restaurant has moved into Semaphore and now boasts an enviable 180-degree view of the ocean. The menu has also received a revamp, incorporating more Mexican style grill dishes and share platters. Read more here.

Opened November 2019.

Cucina 837

Salena Estate Wines has officially launched their brand new cellar door and restaurant named Cucina 837 at Salena at their winery in Loxton. They have signed on their amazing Italian chef Vincenzo Gallo, which local Riverlanders may recognise from his gorgeous converted camper trailer come food truck ‘Italian Food Made with Love’. They will be serving up freshly made pasta and wood oven pizzas alongside traditional antipasto platters. Read more here.

Opened November 2019.

GAJA By Sashi

Throughout his season on MasterChef, Sashi Cheliah was vocal about his desire to open a fusion restaurant heralding Indian and South Asian flavours. And now, the MasterChef winner has opened GAJA on Pirie Street which features a mix of Asian inspired dishes, sharing plates, and Asian inspired cocktails. Patrons will even get a chance to taste Sashi’s “Cari Vit” or Lychee Duck Curry – which was an award-winning dish for Sashi on MasterChef. Read more here.

Opened November 2019.

GANG GANG

After over a year of slinging burgers in their popular food truck, GANG GANG co-owners Nina and Morgen have brought their delicious Asian-inspired menu favourites to Unley Road with their new all-day deli. Their burger favourites Cardi B chicken burger, Tinie Tempah vegan burger and Asian inspired Cheese Burger – The Spice Girl – are still hot on the menu but they’ve shaken things up with some new American comfort food additions, such as chicken and waffles, and authentic Los Angelos tacos.with their new all-day deli. Read more here.

Opened October 2019.

Jack & Jill’s

Forget the nursery rhyme, this time Jack & Jill’s is for adults only. The new restaurant and bar takes over the former Old Friend site on Pirie Street and is all about sharing good food and good times in the heart of Adelaide. Embracing the theme that life is better shared, owner Tom McLean has developed a menu that includes tasteful dishes such as Barramundi in a Sri Lankan curry sauce, gin cured trout, pork belly in a burnt miso apple puree, as well as vegetarian options. They also have an underground bar open on Friday’s and Saturday’s. Read more here.

Opened October 2019.

Cherry Burger

New burger joints are always reason for excitement. Cherry Burger is designed to be a throwback to the 80s where customers can purchase good quality burgers for a reasonable price. The burger joint is offering up fries, shakes, tater tots and, of course, burgers. Expect cheeseburgers, double cheeseburgers, hamburgers, buttermilk chicken burgers, vegan patty burgers, and lettuce cup “burgers”. All burgers are priced under $8. Read more here.  

Opened October 2019.

Hakata Ryumon Ramen & Izakaya Grill

A funky new Ramen place has joined the ranks of Hindley Street. Identifying itself as an ‘Izakaya’ (meaning relaxed and warm) Japanese Pub with a modern blend, the establishment not only stocks a diverse range of Japanese wine and beer (over 50) but specialises in Ramen. Items on the menu to circle out are the Style Miso and Signature Ramen, Hokkigai Sashimi, Chicken Karage, Momo (Teriyaki Grilled Chicken) and Grilled Calamari. Read more here.

Opened October 2019.

Seoul Sisters

Formerly of Gouger Street’s multi award-winning restaurant Mapo, celebrity chef Chung Jae Lee has spent the last several years away from Adelaide but recently returned to open Seoul Sisters. The esteemed Korean chef and author and his wife Sam named the new venture after teenage daughters Pia and Bella. The restaurant sits where Etica once was, and features a menu of sumptuous, Korean-inspired dishes, Dimattina coffee, and a curated selection of local wines and craft beer. Read more here.

Opened September 2019.

La Taberna

Rundle Street’s new vibrant Latina fusion restaurant is serving up street food, more than ten different tequilas and dancing. La Taberna is offering dishes inspired by street food favourites, designed to share, from across South America. Think tacos, stuffed jalapenos wrapped in speck, cod fish cakes, paella and a secret recipe fried chicken. Wine and dine on Friday and Saturday nights until 9:30 – then watch as the tables disappear, a DJ emerges to spin Latina music and the dining area transforms into a dance-floor. Read more here.

Opened September 2019.

Part Time Lover

Joining the impressive clique of sought after laneway restaurants in the CBD, is Pirie Streets newest addition, Part Time Lover. Dress for the weather when you visit. The windows that are flung wide open bring in beam of natural light that illuminate the wooden features, but they also bring in the same temperature. The menu, curated by head chef Stewart Wesson, is divided into three parts; vegetarian, fish and meat. Read more here.

Opened September 2019.

Stem

The former Caos Café has finally seen a fitting takeover with huge wine bar and restaurant, Stem, set to open in two weeks (early September). Think lots of share plates, Italian influences, pastas, gnocchi (all made fresh and in house) as well as pizzas from Stem’s huge imported oven. Read about what to expect here.

Opened September 2019.

PIPPO

The team behind city eatery PUBLIC on Franklin St have secured the old Paesano site on O’Connell St in North Adelaide, where they will open PIPPO this September. The kitchen menu will include a creative, yet honest breakfast menu, and an amazing list of starters, house-made pasta, mains to share and a cheeky pizza or two available for lunch and dinner. Read more about PIPPO here.

Opened September 2019.

Quetzalcoatl Mexican Restaurant

Internationally famed but locally still a hidden gem of sorts, Taco Quetzalcoatl is expanding to the city with a restaurant on Unley Road in September. We’re told to expect bright decor, a lively atmosphere, Mexican cocktails aplenty. Think tequila sunrises, tequila margaritas and pina coladas and pair them with authentic salsas, tacos and house pressed tortillas. Read more here.

Opened August 2019.

Love, Stephy

If you happen to be walking down Hindley Street, you’ll likely double take when you come across Love, Stephy, a dessert cafe covered in pink. With light streaming through windows, Love, Stephy does give the same ethereal and romantic impression from namesake 2014 film Love, Rosie. Their pastry chefs work all hours to produce a delicious range of house made treats, so you’re sure to find a little something to tickle your fancy. Read more here.

Opened August 2019.

Cheeky Chook Eats

Picture a good ol’ classic chicken corner shop. Now take that picture in your mind, give it a fresh coat of paint and mix it with the genius of renown chef, Adam Swanson, and you’ll have an idea of what Cheeky Chook Eats is about. This newest venture takes the humble chicken shop to a new level, so check it out one of those nights when you can’t be bothered cooking. Read more about it here.

Opened August 2019.

Hey Darling

Joining the likes of other fan favourite cafes and lunch spots, Hey Darling has opened up on Pirie Street to bring office workers a godsend. For those particularly tough days, the Big Mama sized coffee has an astounding four shots of espresso. Read more here.

Opened August 2019.

Koi Hot Pot Buffet

The Koi Hot Pot Buffet is a new, all you can eat, hot pot and buffet experience. From Sunday to Thursday for just $32.80 per person, and from Friday to Saturday for just $36.60 per person, you can expect soups, rice, noodles, snacks, and desserts. Not to mention, for an extra $10, you’ll be on the receiving end of unlimited Coopers and Asahi beer. Read more here.

Opened July 2019.

Rucola Café

Rucola Café is a newest venue in the CBD hosting authentic Italian cuisine, delicious stone oven pizzas and a spacious dining experience. At Rucola Café the pizza dough is naturally fermented and hand-stretched in house. It’s also a new breakfast or lunch destination, offering a beautiful Italian menu with all of the classic breakfast options like smashed avo, bacon and eggs your way, pancakes or a big brekkie option. Read more here.

Opened July 2019.

Xiao Long Kan

World famous Chinese hotpot chef Master Wu’s Xiao Long Kan has brought an authentic Sichuan Hot Pot experience to Adelaide and it looks insanely delicious. Check out what you can expect here.

Opened July 2019.

Allegra Dining Room

Making its home in the space above Etica on Gilles Street, Allegra Dining Room is an authentic approach to dining, with a seasonal plant-based menu and a wine list that reflects that ethos. The full course menu includes ten dishes and is priced at $70pp. Reservations are taken online, but walk-ins will be accommodated with a bar menu. Read more here.

Opened July 2019.

Agapi

Agapi’s menu features traditional Greek classics with a modern twist. Executive chef, Alex, says you’ll find the same flavours, just presented differently. Agapi is a cosy and intimate venue — the perfect place to fall in love with Greek food all over again! Read more here.

Opened July 2019.

If you love eating out in Adelaide, you might be interested in checking out our Hidden Gems Brunch Guide, our Vegan Hot Spots Guide, our Adelaide’s New Bar Guide and our annual Fireplace Guide for amazing dining across the state.

And if we’ve missed any of your favourite new Adelaide restaurants let us know! We always love to try something new.

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  1. steve oconnor 5 years ago

    The Pantry hahndorf is a great new restaurant wine bar with a rustic atmosphere and a great menu from a young up and coming chef. Come and see what is happening here

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