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Multiple South Australian Restaurants And Cafes Shine In National Awards

It’s no secret that South Australia is home to incredible cafe and restaurants and some of them are hot winners in this year’s R&CA Awards For Excellence.

Feature image via @estiahenleybeach

Here in South Australia, we all know how great the Adelaide food scene is, but now, thanks to R&CA Awards for Excellence 2019, so does the entire country.

Each year Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) host the Awards For Excellence, a nationally recognised and independently judged awards program that recognises exceptional service and culinary talents across Australia.

This, year we’ve got standout talent thanks to some of Adelaide’s best cafes and restaurants.

Restaurant Awards


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WINNER – Kalymnos Pastries, Torrensville

It’s not hard to see why this Greek patisserie has won the award for Best Patisserie in Australia 2019. Everything at this little gem on Henley Beach Road is created with four generations of pastry knowledge and experience. With every Greek pastry you can imagine, think baklava, shortbread crescents, kataifi, and much more.

Kalymnos Pastries is at 3/158 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville.


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WINNER – Vintners Bar & Grill, Angaston

One of the Barossa Valley’s longest operating restaurants is nestled amongst vineyards, with alfresco and formal dining options to suit the season. Their dedication to high quality services and food has seen it become a favourite destination for locals, and now, guests around the country. The menu features some of the best produce South Australia has to offer, including oysters, Port Lincoln octopus, Venus Bay prawns,  Spencer Gulf snapper, and more. 

Vintners Bar & Grill is at Cnr Stockwell and Angaston Roads, Angaston.


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WINNER – ESTIA Restaurant, Henley Beach

Inspired by the traditions and heritage of the Greek Islands, Estia has been one of Adelaide’s most beloved Greek restaurants since its opening in 1992. Located at ones of Adelaide’s best beaches, the restaurant not only offers stunning Henley Beach views but an incredible mezze menu. 

Estia Restaurant is located at 255 Seaview Road, Henley Beach.


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WINNERLost in a Forest, Uraidla

Set amongst the trees and hidden away in the village of Uraidla, Lost in the Forest has been one of the Adelaide Hills’ best kept secrets, until now. 

With eclectic pizzas and wines from rockstar Taras Ochota, it’s no surprise this quirky gem is a national favourite. Try a Jesus Fish or Swineapple pizza from the traditional wood oven and hang out in the mezzanine lounge area. Who knows, you might even bump into some of the restaurants fave diners, Marco Pierre White and Jock Zonfrillo.

Lost in the Forest is located at 1203 Greenhill Road, Uraidla.


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WINNER – Soi 38, Adelaide

Located on Pulteney Street right in the middle of the city, Soi 38 serves up Thai food like no other. Named after Bangkok’s famous street food market, Soi 38 opened back in October 2014 and Chef and co-owner Terry Intarakhamhaeng’s seasonal menu uses local produce and showcases dishes from the six regions of his native Thailand. The menu is 30% vegan and 70% coeliac friendly and they’re committed to keeping it that way. All meat and seafood that they do use is ethically sourced, and herbs and vegetables from from family farms.

Soi 38 is at 54 Pulteney Street, Adelaide.

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WINNER – Cafe Alere, Bedford Park

Alere at Flinders University is a casual and relaxed space offering an all-day breakfast and lunch menu, including wines, beers and cocktails. This revamped café delivers a chic experience without the price tag. It’s the perfect spot for a coffee, quick lunch, meeting or catch-up with friends.

Cafe Alere is located at Level 2, Student Hub, Bedford Park.

Find the full list of winners here.

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