Following the makeover and relaunch of the iconic Stag, the former Stag Bistro next door has also been given new life, reopening as Charlick’s Restaurant.
Like The Stag Public House, Charlick’s has been taken over by the crew from nearby Nola.
Getting its name from historical East End figure William Charlick who once ran the East End Market, Charlick’s is a whole new beast, as opposed to a reinvention of the predecessor.
The new owners are saying Charlick’s is, “like having dinner at your best friends”. That is, if your best friend just happened to cook at some of the world’s top restaurants.
Leading the kitchen is Blake Drinkwater, who was most recently at Orana, and cooked at Noma in Copenhagen and Attica in Melbourne before that.
(I don’t know about you, but that’s certainly not the kind of standard I’ve come to expect at my bestie’s dinner table).
While they’re keeping the price-point mid-range, Drinkwater is staying true to his style, serving up food that’s refined and local-produce driven.
Co-owner Oliver Brown says they want the venue to bridge the gap between high end fine dining and casual dining.
“We want it to have that comfortable family dinner table vibe,” he said.
“We want the food to shine through, but the atmosphere is casual and inviting, and the service is really good but friendly,” he said.
At the front of house, Jack Booker (also from Nola) is managing the drinks side of things with a wine list full of, “funky challenging wines”.
“The wine list and drink list as a whole is a really interesting journey if you let our staff take you on it,” said Oliver.
The team has given the space a warm makeover, that’s French bistro meets Australian, with red, earthy tones, plenty of greenery and decadent French touches.
Charlick’s is open from 6pm, Wed – Sun. 30 Vardon Ave, Adelaide. charlicks.com.