Surrounded by lush foliage and trees burgeoning with birdlife, you could be anywhere in the world. Your napkin is whisked from the table and draped in your lap, but you haven’t noticed, as you’re still sidetracked by the towering ancient canopies and wetlands surrounding the glass restaurant you’ve just sat down in.
While Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens Restaurant (BGR) is part of the city’s rich history, spanning back decades, it’s still a hidden treasure that’s only a minute walk from North Terrace, through some of SA’s most spectacular gardens. And although there’s still plenty of people within Adelaide, yet to discover the breathtaking culinary offering at the BGR, people who seek out Australia’s best dining experiences are sitting up and taking notice.
The coveted Gourmet Traveller top 100 restaurants of the year have been named, and 9 South Australian restaurants were included. Given the competition nationally, it’s an incredible result for the state, and further confirmation that our food scene continues to thrive, grow and excel.
Behind Orana (#3) and Magill Estate (#9), was the Botanic Gardens Restaurant, at number 37. An outstanding result for this quiet achiever.
It’s not the first award for this glass house of joy, since Chef Paul Baker took the helm. This year alone it’s made a number of lists.
The annual Australia’s Top Restaurant Awards also placed Botanic Gardens Restaurant in their top 100 in the country.
BGR featured in the 2018 Financial Review “Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants”, and the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide’s South Australian 2018 Restaurant Awards listed BGR in their top 20 South Australian Restaurants.
So if you’re looking for somewhere breathtaking to dine, and you appreciate modern, unique dishes, foraged ingredients, and menus put together with creativity and flair, make sure you head in to the newly revamped Botanic Gardens Restaurant and discover this hidden treasure for yourself.
Photos by Josie Withers