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First look: eleven restaurant by Callum & Themis launches

Themis Chryssidis and Callum Hann are about to open their new Waymouth Street restaurant.

After a year of planning, modifying, stopping and starting and a small pandemic that threatened to derail the entire tourism and hospitality sector, the doors are finally opening at eleven restaurant this Friday 13 August, almost nine months after the popular open-air eleven bar opened in December 2020.

The incredible new dining space features individual tables, banquet seating, booths, chef’s kitchen experience seating and also a gorgeous private dining room that can be sectioned off with a curtain if you’re after a little extra luxury.

The intimate and versatile space can currently host 62 indoors under current restrictions, and a further 24 in the outdoor seating area with flexibility in bookings to host tables of two, four, six or more.

A key component of the experience is eleven’s extensive wine list, featuring both local and international wine to take your palate across waters with the huge selection, with some on display as you enter the space.

While eleven is Australian contemporary, Themis tells us there’s technically a french inspiration behind the space with dark tones of green and copper throughout to balance the incredible display of natural light that beams through the floor to ceiling windows.

Furthermore, the fully open kitchen is an experience in itself, putting on display the expertise of the chefs at work with a nothing to hide and confident approach to dining.

“It has been a testing year, not only for us, many business owners, families and every single person on this planet, says Themis. But the challenges we have overcome over the last 12 months makes getting to this point so much more satisfying”.

“The truth is the Lou’s Place opportunity came up while we were in the early stages of planning eleven. I was on MasterChef Back to Win and I said we couldn’t do both, especially a project the size of eleven, but Themis convinced me otherwise, I thought he was crazy. And here we are today.

“eleven is special to us. It’s our first CBD restaurant. Our first fine diner and like Sprout we have planned everything from the ground up. From council approvals to the paper the menu will be printed on, so we are super excited to see what everyone thinks,” said Callum.

eleven will offer Contemporary Australian cuisine, inspired by French techniques. Thoughtfully designed and precisely executed dishes, with a meticulously curated wine list. The kitchen led by Dan Murphy will have a strong connection to produce, land and suppliers.

“We want to use the best produce available. We want the produce to be the hero and the producers and suppliers recognised and respected for their hard work” says Dan who has known Callum and Themis for over ten years.

“Dan was working as a chef at the Barossa Valley restaurant 1918 when I got my first job as a teenager. He was like a big brother, comments Callum. When we started Sprout Dan even helped take a few cooking classes”.

The wine list curated by Geoffrey Hunt formerly of Ferment Asian and The Louise at Appellation is extensive but balanced. With a global focus, the wine list certainly has a local bias, but more than anything it is focussed on quality.

“We wanted to create a wine list that offers premium wines at reasonable prices. Themis has a simple theory, why make the same amount of money selling a wine that you don’t like when you can make the same amount selling wine that you love and you know our guests will love. I have found this approach refreshing and it has helped me create a well-rounded wine list which I am confident will have something for everyone,” said Geoff.

With Dan Murphy leading the kitchen team, Themis is confident the food program will be exciting, consistent and technically brilliant and with Geoff Hunt leading the floor you can be confident that everyone’s glass will always be full with something delicious.

Restaurant information:

Menu: A la carte
Cuisine: Contemporary Australian, French inspired
Seating options: 65 capacity, Small and large reservations available.
Private dining from for up to 12 guests
Opening day: Friday 13 August
Designer: Studio 9
Builder: Intermain

Find eleven at 11 Waymouth St, Adelaide. 

Read more about eleven or plan your visit here.

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