We love wine, you know that by now. It’s also no secret that one of our favourite food groups is cheese. And dips. And pate. We could go on, but we’ll get to the point; In these perfect Spring months there’s nothing better than enjoying a cold glass of vino in the sunshine whilst nibbling away at a fantastic platter.
If, like us, you’re a little too lazy or unprepared to create a platter of Masterchef standards for yourself and your friends, get along to one of these divine venues to nibble and giggle your afternoon away.
Base Bar. We’re so glad the owners at The Bath Hotel chose to empty out their storage garage to convert it into this fabulous venue. In Spring this courtyard is perfect to relax in. Their tasting plate comes with house dips, dukkah, marinated feta, tomato and basil salad, tomato and chilli arancini, mixed olives, cured meats, Szechuan squid and wood fired breads (gf optional.) Top it off with a great Base cocktail and you’ve got a winning way to spend an arvo. $30
Bird In Hand Winery. This cellar door offers great tastings of Bird in Hand‘s internationally acclaimed wines. They even feature aged red wines which are not currently for sale in any other market. So you should feel super spesh sipping on them! But of course, the food! They’re offering up an antipasto OR a cheese plate at this beautiful location. We’re a more is more kinda bunch here at Glam so por que no los dos? (Why not have both?) $30
Lady Burra Brewhouse. These guys were a breath of fresh and funky air to the Topham Mall area, and by golly do they serve up some great grub. Watch the inner city microbrewery create their own beer in front of your eyes while you feast on their Carne e Queijo. That’s fancy speak for cured meats, olives, a selection of cheeses, house made bread, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic with assorted nuts. They also do a chip platter. We know what you’re thinking, this ain’t no large bowl of fries. Give it a whirl. Chip platter $18 Carne e Queijo $24
Lindes Lane. This fantastic little spot is hidden away off Rundle Mall, down its namesake Lindes Lane. The kitchen here is tiny but manages to create masterpieces and their platter is no exception. The mixed platter has charcuterie, cheese, dips, olives, crackers, ciabatta for $25. Or you can order any bottle of De Anima wine and enjoy a brilliant cheese platter for an extra $10.
Mother Vine. We’ve raved about this place so many times. So essentially if you haven’t paid them a visit yet you’re kind silly. Featured in our Winter Wine Bars Guide, this place is also equally as wonderful in Spring. Heck, let’s just go out on a limb and say you’ll love it all year round! Their platter is slightly more pricey than the others listed but the produce and size makes it well worth it. Two cheeses, cured meats, pickled veg, sardinillas and bread. Plenty of food to keep you satisfied, especially if your group is a little larger. $50
Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard. What a venue. The rustic cellar door on a steep part of the vineyard features panoramic views, and tiered decks sloping down the vineyard for outdoor dining. That makes it a wonderful wedding venue too, if you’re in the market for one. But importantly, their platter is graced with house made duck liver parfait and assortment of Ninos small goods. They also offer up Mt Lofty Ranges triple brie, Mt Jagged Cheddar, Adelaide Foothills blue,vineyard olives, Lenswood apple and Lavosh.
Pizza E Mozzarella Bar. These Mozzarella plates are a little different to your standard platter. Mozzarella being the key ingredient of course. They have a few to choose from, but if you’re keen to share we’d go the Nduja, prosciutto di san daniele & Buffalo mozzarella for 2 people. $36
The Bath. The big sister to the aforementioned Base Bar, so you could happily skip between the two. Or just sit in the middle and order from both menus. What? Don’t judge us, you know it’s a foolproof idea. Their platter boasts house dips, South Australian olives, dukkah, sliced meats, salt & pepper squid, pumpkin arancini, duck shanks and warm breads. The duck shanks are particularly fabulous. $33
The Colonist. We think it’s safe to say by now that Norwood in general knows how to platter right. The casual Colonist presents such great food from their kitchen. They have another build your own style platter by picking your own selection of 3 littles plates that is then served with corn dukkah, virgin jalapeno oil and ciabatta. We like the Pan-Fried Haloumi, Goat Cheese Croquettes and Tiger Prawns with salsa verde. $32
The Cremorne. This Unley Road venue may be older than most in the area, but it holds its own nonetheless. Their Grazing Board is complete with sliced meats, Adelaide Hills olives, bocconcini, pickled onion & chilli, tempura Australian Gulf prawns, house made dip, sundried tomato arancini balls & char grilled bread. Enjoy it in the courtyard with an imperial sized pint, one of few major venues in Adelaide where you can grab one! $33
The Gallery. Featured as one of our favourites in our Rooftop Guide. The Gallery is the perfect spot for afterwork drinks or lazy afternoons. Grab an antipasto plate jam packed with all the usual suspects for just $28.
The Stirling Hotel. Head to the hills for a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or weekend at your disposal. This is one of those great venues where a quick drink can turn into hours of enjoyment, so topping it all off with a platter to battle the peckishness is perfection. Olives, roasted capsium and cashew dip, pork and pistachio terrine, duck rillettes, salmon gravlax, cloth bound cheddar, eggplant pickle, josepher lime, pizza bread. $28
The Unley. The new kid on the block is kicking goals. ALSO in our rooftop guide because it’s the perfect inner suburbs spot to enjoy the Spring sunshine. Their charcuterie boards are crammed with kangaroo knuckle bresaola, Serrano ham, duck terrine, pickled onions, cornichons, pecorino romano and baked bread. Bring your sunglasses, you’re gonna need ’em. $22
But look, if you don’t want to put on pants (which let’s face it, sometimes you just don’t) you could always try and create a platter masterpiece yourself at home? Check our our How To Guide on cheeseboards right here. No pants necessary.