Every local knows that Adelaide is like a well-kept secret—talk of hidden city lunchtime sanctuaries and gorgeous weekend winery escapes is mainly shared between good friends, the way it should be.
But this year, it looks like the secret’s out—Adelaide is finally getting the recognition it deserves! Our city may be humble, but there’s no denying it’s packed full of dazzling and delicious restaurants beckoning each and every foodie to visit and experience something new and wonderful.
The annual Australia’s Top Restaurant Awards were held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales just yesterday, where Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants were chosen by Australia’s top chefs and restaurateurs from a huge list of 500 restaurants compiled by The Australian Financial Review’s top critics and editors. What results is the ultimate chefs’ guide on where to eat from the country’s best fine dining restaurants and laneway bars to coastal getaways and hidden treasures.
This year, South Australia boasts eight more restaurants in the Top 100 than it did last year! On top of that, East Terrace’s Africola was voted one of the top five in Australia! This feisty little hub of fun and fire is owned by Duncan Welgemoed and Nikki Friedl, who keep the feel-good factor on high with twisty North African flavours and a party vibe.
There has also been a real resurgence from Adelaide and South Australia’s wine-growing regions—which we’re sure each and every one of us could vouch for.
Regional restaurants in the Top 100 list increased this year, highlighting the growing tourism potential of Australia’s top wine-growing regions—South Australia in particular! The Salopian Inn in McLaren Vale, FermentAsian in the Barossa Valley, and The Summertown Aristologist in the Adelaide Hills all made the list, giving Adelaideans whole new reasons to book that weekend trip.
What a testament to the growing popularity and increasing quality of our favourite haunts!
And the Radelaide representation doesn’t end there! Hentley Farm in Seppeltsfield, Magill Estate Restaurant, Millbrook Winery Restaurant, and The Pot by Emma McCaskill also made the Top 100 list this year!
There you have it—the South Australian restaurants that are taking the whole of Australia by storm! Congratulations to each and every restaurant for their hard work!
Hopefully you’ve tried a few of the mentioned restaurants. If not—this is the perfect excuse to head on out for a delicious dinner in our awesome, up-and-coming foodie state. Give yourself a reason to brag to all your friends interstate!