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FIRST LOOK: Part Time Lover, Pirie Street’s Newest Restaurant Is Now Open

With an alluring interior and a substantially inclusive menu, there’s a lot to love about Pirie Street’s new gem, Part Time Lover.

Joining the impressive clique of hidden but sought after, laneway restaurants in the CBD, is Pirie Street’s newest addition, Part Time Lover.

The project is a joint venture by Josh Baker, Luke Turton, and Stewart Wesson.

With an alluring interior designed by Sans Arc, who are responsible for a number of our favourite venues, including Pink Moon, Acacia, Malt & Juniper, Anchovy Bandit, and Whistle & Flute (just to name a few), Part Time Lover joins an already excellent portfolio.

Tucked away in Pilgrim Lane, the brand new destination is hard to miss with their wide windows and intriguing fit out.

Dress for the weather when you visit. The windows that are flung wide open bring in beam of natural light that illuminate the clean wooden features, but they also bring in the outdoor temperature.

The passive design principles utilised in the fit out create a sense of openness, particularly with the calming colour palette.

Under the shadow of the Pilgrim Uniting Church, Part Time Lover is also protected from the elements and deep within the business lunch area, leaving a gorgeous space that’s ideal for long visits.

The menu, curated by head chef Stewart Wesson, offers breakfast, brunch and lunch. The latter which is divided into three parts; vegetarian, fish and meat.

Plants take the forefront perfectly displayed with the turmeric roasted cauliflower, alongside whipped tahini and a sweet and sour currant salad is a great display of how dynamic plant based dishes can be.

We’d be negligent to not mention the the fried corn ribs, which are made to get down and dirty with and are finger licking great.

Accompanied with a local halloumi dish that’s on a bed of chickpea hummus, picked onion and dukkah; the plates which are created for sharing truly necessitate a group to truly appreciate.

Part Time Lover do not exclude, nor do they serve small. Punchy flavours and creative combinations are noticeable highlights as is their inclusive menu.

With a one-third plant based menu, Wesson’s focus is evidently on showcasing greens in a dynamic light.

Other categories are also not overlooked. The raw kingfish dish is positively melt-in-the-mouth as is the sensational salt and pepper bug roll.

Light enough to be on both the brunch and lunch menu is Part Time Lover’s lemongrass chicken. Fresh, juicy and an almost visible plume of delicious aroma can be felt wafting from the dish.

To accompany that is a range of wine on tap, that are put into kegs after vintage (re-used and re-filled). More boozy options include cocktails such as mimosas, French 75s, bloody marys and more.

Part Time Lover is focused on sustainability in all practices. This is accentuated with their waste management, where organic waste is separated, shipped off and composted.

You won’t see singe-use plastics in the vicinity either and if you BYO coffee cup slash buy a RETAINR take-away coffee cup from them, you’ll be rewarded with free coffee.

Technically a breakfast and lunch hot spot, Part Time Lover will also appeal to the post work crowd looking for a dining option. Even better, the struggle to find a spot open on a Monday night is taken care of.

Open from 7am ’til late on Fridays and Mondays and ’til 5pm from Tuesdays to Thursdays, Part Time Lover can be found at Pilgrim Lane, Adelaide, SA.

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