Pictured above: Fino Vino
Across the nation, one of the more popular restaurant top 100 listings, is the annual delicious100. Each state gets its own list, ranked by delicious100, plus a people’s choice ranking is also unveiled.
This week, South Australia’s list of the best 100 restaurants was revealed, with some cracking destinations taking out the coveted to 10 positions.
10. Fino Vino
Fino is home to a delicious menu, an excellent wine list and a warm, welcoming fitting. In December 2021, co-owner Sharon Romeo was awarded the prestigious Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Award for Restaurant Personality of the Year, which she described as “an honour” and “incredibly humbling”.
82 Flinders Street, Adelaide
Ph 08 8232 7919
With plates designed to share between friends with a good drop of wine in hand, the food is broadly Asian-inspired, regularly changing to highlight the seasonal produce of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Sourcing ingredients directly from the Willunga Farmers Market and other local suppliers, the flavours of the Fleurieu run through each dish created by chefs and co-owners Mug Chen and Chai Wu.
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2/3 High Street, Willunga
Ph 08 7516 5958
8. Maxwell Wines
The Maxwell Wines restaurant was remodelled in 2019 to provide guests with a direct view of the winery, the chef’s kitchen and a living, working bee hive, which supplies the honey for Maxwell Mead.
Maxwell Wines recently appointed a new Head Chef, Kyle Connor. Kyle now leads the Maxwell kitchen, and former Head Chef Fabian Lehmann has stepped into a new ‘Executive Chef’ role.
19 Olivers Rd, McLaren Vale
Ph 08 8323 8200
Topiary is a traditional tea house serving modern Australian cuisine with a strong focus on the best local and South Australian produce. They have a distinct focus on nature, both in their sourcing of ingredients from their distinctive edible garden and in their stunning outdoor setting.
361 North East Road, Tea Tree Gully
Ph 08 8263 0818
Sitting alongside The Lab, a multi-level arts venue also under the Light Adelaide umbrella, Aurora has the former d’Arenberg Cube chef, Brendan Wessels, at the helm.
South Africa-born Wessels is introducing custom-built braai with chargrilled vegetables and meats onto the Japanese and Korean influenced menu. With various cultures acting as inspiration, expect to see ample fire-cooked fish, chicken, octopus, broccoli and shallots.
63 Light Sq, Adelaide
Ph 0422 245 511
5. Magill Estate Restaurant
Magill Estate Restaurant combines “modern architectural style” with the “natural attributes of its Adelaide foothills location and historic surrounds” to deliver a contemporary and comfortable fine dining experience. Led by Head Chef Scott Huggins, Magill Estate aims to be “constantly inventive” and draw influences from “season, flavour, aroma, wine and texture”.
78 Penfold Rd, Magill
Ph 08 8301 5551
4. Press Food and Wine
The recently renovated Press Food and Wine restaurant launched a new menu in April, led by the talented Executive Chef Tom Tilbury. After leading the kitchen at McLaren Vale’s Coriole, the new menu has been Tilbury’s opportunity to showcase his passion for produce and sustainability in one of Adelaide’s CBD hot spots.
40 Waymouth St, Adelaide
08 8211 8048
Fugazzi Bar & Dining Room is owned by powerhouse foodie duo Max and Laura Sharred, co-owners of Hyde Park’s popular Italian spot, Nido.
Guests can expect an array of perfectly crafted menu items – a step away from Nido’s menu; inspired by the foods Max and Laura grew up eating – with a more high-end offering in a space that guests can dress up and make a night out of.
27 Leigh St, Adelaide
Ph 08 7089 0350
Michelin-star Chef Jake Kellie made his debut in Adelaide in December 2021 with the opening of Arkhe. With no gas or electricity used in the kitchen, open flames are the heart and soul of this venue. With almost every dish touched by fire or smoke, dining at the venue is an experience. There is no sharp focus on a particular cuisine with the menu paying equal homage to seafood, red meat, poultry and vegetables.
127 The Parade, Norwood
ph 08 8330 3300
1. Restaurant Botanic
Restaurant Botanic opened to the public in September 2021 after a significant renovation. The award-winning degustation restaurant is now led by acclaimed Head Chef Justin James, who served five and a half years as Executive Chef at one of Melbourne’s top restaurants, Vue de Monde.
Guests wanting to experience the luxury of the newly renovated restaurant can choose between two degustation menus, The Short Path and The Long Trail, with an option for the mouth-watering cuisine to be perfectly paired with South Australian wine from the new wine cellar.
Adelaide Botanic Gardens, off Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide
ph 08 8223 3526