Adelaide’s amazing restaurant scene is coming to you at home this winter!
Adelaide’s restaurant scene is growing – from the suburbs to the popular Gouger Street, restaurants are offering a wide range of cuisines. With more establishments providing great ‘at home’ dining experiences, the people of Adelaide no longer need to leave their homes to experience a great-value and delicious meal in a social setting.
When it comes to eating indoors, however, value is key. A recent survey of 1767 Australians aged 18-24 by EatNow.com.au, a popular online ordering platform for takeaway food, particularly among young Australians; found that nearly 1 in 2 respondents (45 per cent) would not pay more than $15 per person for a takeaway meal.
So EatNow’s co-founder, Matt Dyer, has compiled a round-up of Adelaide’s best-value eats for seven indoor get-togethers. For under $15 per person, these feasts are a delicious bargain!
Footy night. It’s a boys’ night fuelled by beers and testosterone while you’re watching the big game at home. With all focus on the sport, the solution to feeding your mates needs to be as easy as possible. “First thing that pops to mind when my mates come over is meat lovers’ pizza, chicken supreme and extra garlic bread. No cutlery required. We literally dig in, hands and all,” admits Matt.
Feast idea: 9 inch Supreme ‘With the Lot’ pizza, $14.00, from Pellegrini Pizzeria, North Adelaide: https://www.eatnow.com.au/restaurant-9954/Pellegrini-Cafe-Pizzeria.html
Date Night. “After a busy week at work, sometimes ordering in is just as intimate as dining out,” says Matt. Nowhere signifies romance more than Italy so serenade your partner by ordering in Italian food with a glass of Riesling for date night. Aromatic pastas filled with rich herbs and punchy flavours will tantalise your senses which makes getting cosy with your loved one all the moreenjoyable.
Feast idea: Lasagne al Forno for $15.50 per person from La Strada, Goodwood: https://www.eatnow.com.au/restaurant-3066/La-Strada.html
Girls’ night in. There are few things less attractive than going out on a rainy Friday night. You’re craving the company of your BFFs, a good movie and some hot food to start your weekend, so pick up the phone and round up the troops, including EatNow. “Thai is our most popular cuisine and the variety of restaurant options is endless. Thai Green Curry, Pad Thai and Tom Yum Soup will warm up any wintery night with the girls,” offers Matt.
Feast idea: Vegetarian Thai Green Curry for $14.90 per person from Indochina Unley, Unley:https://www.eatnow.com.au/restaurant-717/Indochina-Unley.html
Study session. The EatNow survey of 18-24-year-olds revealed that more than half (53 per cent) are studying. Time-poor and cash-strapped students no longer need to rely on supermarket foods, as there are varieties of options under $15 on EatNow. Classic Chinese boxes will complement your syllabus perfectly. “Affordable Chinese is a simple solution to allow your study to continue well into the night. Food is a student’s favourite excuse for a break. Crispy duck with fried rice will get the brainstorm flowing,” Matt says.
Feast idea: Duck Chinese Fried Rice for $15.90 per person from Chopstix on Glen Osmond, Fullarton: https://www.eatnow.com.au/restaurant-11401/Chopstix-On-Glen-Osmond.html
Xbox tournament. When the competition isn’t hot enough during ‘Call of Duty’, order in Indian to stay alert. “Hot spicy foods are a stimulant. Indian curry will have your senses buzzing and on high alert when your friends are challenging you on game night,” says Matt.
Feast idea: Saag Chicken for $14.90 per person from Beyond India, North Adelaide: https://www.eatnow.com.au/restaurant-1632/Beyond-India-North-Adelaide—Dinner-Menu.html
Surprise visit from parents. Delicate seafood morsels, sashimi and chop sticks will immediately bring an air of class to your dining room while attempting to impress the parents or in-laws when they let you know they’re around the corner and or pop in unannounced. “Sometimes guests don’t give you enough notice. It’s comforting to know that ordering dinner in is a realistic option with the Japanese restaurant offerings,” says Matt.
Feast idea: Seared scallops for $15 per person from Ginza Japanese, Unley: https://www.eatnow.com.au/restaurant-718/Ginza-Japanese-Restaurant.html
Babysitting. Being asked to babysit can be a daunting experience, and the last thing many of us feel like doing is preparing a home-cooked meal for fussy young eaters. Ordering in tacos and fajitas make rounding up the kids to a dinner table simple. “Whenever I babysit my nephews they are begging me to order in Mexican, I think it’s the melted cheese and corn chips that keep them coming back for more,” Matt says.
Feast idea: Double Enchiladas for $14.50 per person from Cha Chi’s Mexican Cantina, Glenunga: https://www.eatnow.com.au/restaurant-8683/Cha-Chis-Mexican-Cantina.html