Around the world in 15 restaurants
Let’s be honest – Adelaide is a food lover’s haven with its wide-range of eateries. Its Mediterranean climate means that we are blessed with incredible produce allowing us to be spoiled with the best meals. It’s no wonder that Adelaide plays host to Australia’s premier eating and drinking festival, Tasting Australia.
Food has a special way of connecting us. It transcends geographical borders and bonds us, be it over platters of cheese, cold cuts or a sizzling hot pot filled with Sichuan soup.
We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite restaurants in Adelaide that will take you a journey around the world through the five continents. Happy feasting!
60/55 Melbourne St, North Adelaide
Yakitori Takumi is one of Adelaide’s first Japanese izakaya (a type of Japanese bar serving small, tapas-like dishes) and is known for its consistently delicious yakitoris. Yakitori refers to the Japanese type of grilled skewered chicken, however, you’ll find many other types of grilled ingredients served here from Hokkaido scallops to miso-glazed eggplants. Treat yourself to one of Japan’s popular street food!
Kin Kin Thai Eatery
Shop 4/ 242 Hutt St. Adelaide
For a true infusion of flavours at an affordable price, Kin Kin Thai Eatery is the place to head to. Thai cuisine is known for its emphasis on a balance of flavours to create a harmonious experience, and Kin Kin Thai Eatery is the place to indulge in guilt-free full sensory street food dining – flavoursome food with a little noise, just as it would be on the streets of Thailand.
116/116A Gouger St, Adelaide SA 5000
If you haven’t already tried Malaysian cuisine… well, you must. A melting pot of cultures, Malaysia is known for its diverse range of food with a blend of Malay, Indonesian, Chinese and Indian heritage. Papparich, a well-known Malaysian franchise, serves deliciously authentic Malaysian street food at an affordable price. The perfect spot for brunch, lunch, tea, and dinner!
Tangritah Uyghur Restaurant
100 Grote St, Adelaide SA 5000
Adelaide is home to the largest Uyghur community in Australia, so it’s no surprise the city has some of the best Uyghur restaurants in South Australia. Uyghur cuisine originates from Xinjiang province in China, however is unlike most types you’ll find at a Chinatown. It’s a mix between central Asian and Turkish tradition. And because the Uyghur ethnic minority is predominantly Muslim, its cuisine is halal. Rich, hearty, and wholesome, this is one restaurant you want to visit especially during the cooler months.
Adelaide Central Market, Stall 10, Gouger Street, Adelaide
Authentically French Algerian, lovingly prepared with amazing South Australia produce, Le Souk is a must-try at the local Adelaide Central Market. Expect to be spoiled with slow-cooked meats, rich and juicy with flavour and nutrition, while enjoying a hot cup of freshly brewed mint tea.
314b Pulteney St, Adelaide SA 5000
Le Riad is one of those places that fall under the hidden gem category. You wouldn’t know that you are steps away from Morocco with this little restaurant on Pulteney Street. Big smiles and food that will leave you wanting more, Le Riad stays true to its Moroccan roots with their traditionally cooked dishes.
2/214/216 Rundle St, Adelaide
How about a meal that tastes good and leaves you feeling great? Although a franchise, Zambrero offers consistently tasty Mexican fast food, and are on a mission to support the fight for hunger relief. For every burrito or bowl purchased, a meal is donated to someone in need. Treat yourself (and someone else) with a classic burrito, nachos or tacos!
Adelaide Arcade, 150 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000
Popular for its vegetarian cuisine, Two-Bit Villains (TBV) burst onto the Adelaide food scene at the right time. With an atmosphere that’s quirky and one-of-a-kind, TBV is perhaps known best for their handcrafted sodas – and deservedly so! Made completely with real fruit and spices, your first taste will leave you craving for more. Remember to sink your teeth into one of TBV’s burgers (vegetarian-friendly) made entirely from vegetables!
Sosta Argentinian Kitchen
291 Rundle St, Adelaide SA 5000
The perfect place for a feast, Sosta Argentinian Kitchen serves up hearty (and meaty) meals all year long. While it offers a contemporary take on Argentinian cuisine, it still delivers on the traditional flavours of the South American country.
19 O'Connell St, North Adelaide
There’s a little something for everyone at Burgastronomy in North Adelaide. From grilled meat to mushrooms, their burgers leave you wanting more. And more you can have with their sides of sweet potato chips, to their unique jalapeno poppers (fritters).
Red Ochre Grill and River Café
War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide
For a meal with a view, Red Ochre Grill and River Café do it best. Situated along the banks of the River Torrens, the restaurant/ café prides itself with premium seasonal product, all carefully hand-selected from local South Australian producers. For this reason, their menu is an ever-changing one!
Coal Cellar + Grill
233 Victoria Square, Adelaide
If you’re looking to sink your teeth into meat grilled to perfection, Coal Cellar + Grill is the place you want to be. With a simple goal of bringing it back to basics, the talented chefs work with the natural flavours of the local produce on the grill. Coal Cellar + Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and drinks).
155 to 157 O'Connell St, North Adelaide
Serving up both traditional and modern pizzas, Tony Tomatoes is an award-winning pizza restaurant in North Adelaide and for great reason! All pizzas are hand made by dedicated chefs. They also cater to dietary requirements, offering a variety of pizza base (wholemeal or gluten-free).
22 Gilbert Place, Adelaide
Getting its name from an old Moscow chocolate factory, Red October is a modern Russian restaurant in the city. Serving traditional Russian cuisine with a modern twist, expect to be delighted with the extensive menu.