Well it’s officially official – we’ve got just one month to go until we’re back home in Adelaide. We’re getting just a teensy bit excited thinking about all the great food we can eat once we get there. So we put together a little list of our fave Adelaide restaurants, just in time for the weekend, so you can jump into some seriously good international feasting.
Just a quick note: Heaps of these places get super busy, especially on the weekend, so if you’re keen to get your eats on be sure to drop them a line and book a table first.
You know, in case anyone back home wants to take us out to dinner when we get home!
Now, are you ready for it?
18 YUMMY GLOBAL ADELAIDE RESTAURANTS
Image credit – Star of Siam
1. Afghan :: Parwana
If you haven’t checked this place out yet, do yourself a favour and book in now – but come with a group so you can order heaps and try everything. The food here is to-die-for. As is the incredible homemade ice cream infused with pistachio and rose. Yes. You need this in your life.
MUST TRY :: Mantu / Kabuli Palaw / Rose Sharbat / Everything. Literally
WHERE :: 124B Henley Beach Road, Torrensville SA 5031
2. Australian :: Lickerish Kitchen & Bar
The guys at Lickerish are super creative and love what they do – and it shows in their funky menu options which constantly change depending on the seasons (and their whims). This is our favourite spot for a special meal with friends and family, and we always leave it up to Justine to create an awesome menu just for us.
MUST TRY :: Baba Ganoush / Beef Burger with Brie / Crispy Duck Breast Salad
WHERE :: 26 Semaphore Road, Semaphore SA 5019
3. Belgian :: Belgian Beer Café – Oostende
Can’t wait to get back here and drink our way through the amazing Belgian beers the minute we get home. These guys do amazing Belgian food as well, from humungous German hotdogs to huge pots of mussels dressed up with a French Flair. Get hungry people.
MUST TRY :: Pommes Frites with Belgian Mayo / Bratwurst Slider / Elderflower Beer
WHER :: Ebenezer Place, Adelaide SA 5000
4. Ethiopian :: Abyssinian
We’re not going to lie. You’re going to eat heaps here, and you’re not gonna wanna stop. Come with a group, ask for the meat and veggie combos, and scoff everything by ripping up pieces of soft fluffy injera bread to scoop up the deliciousness. We love how the meat and veggie dishes are served on top of the huge round injera to soak up all that extra flavour.
MUST TRY :: Kay Wot / Doro Wot / Messer / Tikli Gomen
WHERE ::126 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville SA 5031
5. French :: Cliché Exhibition
Part restaurant – part art exhibition, we love Cliché for its amazing food, super cool cocktails and chilled atmosphere. We had the best French mussels of our lives here, followed by slow cooked beef cheek and salmon with swiss chard, topped off with the most amazing lemon curd soufflé. Yes we were full. But no, there was NO WAY we were leaving a single bite of that soufflé behind. The extra glass of champagne though? That may have been a bit too much…
MUST TRY :: Crepes Aux Langoustines / Champignon Delicieux / Post Modern Duck A L’Orange
WHERE :: 26 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide SA 5006
6. German :: The Hahndorf Inn
Long tables and huge steins abound in this lively beer haus in the middle of Hahndorf. I know we keep saying this – but you NEED to come hungry with an empty stomach, because you won’t want to leave one scrap of sauerkraut on that plate before you leave. And if you dare to attempt the Metre Long Riesen Hot Dog (aka the largest German hot dog in Australia)? We salute you!
MUST TRY :: Pretzel / Taste of Germany Platter with Sausages & Pork Knuckle / Riesen Hot Dog
WHERE :: 35 Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf
7. Indonesian :: Hut & Soul Eatery (Formerly Pondok Bali)
It’s been many years since we last went to Pondok Bali so this one is on OUR must-do list for 2016. You’ll want to save room for dessert here and order the green pandan cake, there’s nothing like a GREEN pancake stuffed with sweet crunchy coconut shavings to finish of a meal juuuuust right.
MUST TRY :: Chicken Satay / Murtabak / Beef Rendang / Green Pandan Cake
WHERE :: 310 Pulteney Street, Adelaide SA 5000
8. Indian :: Indian Temptations
This Adelaide restuarant is the real deal people. The restaurant itself is teeny tiny, so this one is best reserved for a no-fuss take-away after a busy day. Literally everything we’ve tried from here has been amazing, so we’ll be hitting this one up again as soon as we can.
MUST TRY :: Chicken Tikka Masasla (Laura’s Favourite) / Goat Curry (Sarah’s Favourite)
WHERE :: U3/490 Main North Road, Blair Athol SA 5084
9. Italian :: Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar
Alright here’s what you need to do: Book yourself a table and ask for the ‘Menu Fisso’ – it’s not just a menu, it’s an Italian FEAST. Every single offering is so unbelievably good and absolutely worth the price tag of $62 per person. To list our favourites would be to list everything they serve up under Menu Fisso, but if beef carpaccio drizzled in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, soft and tender carne (steak), crispy handcut potatoes, fried polenta chips and homemade pasta sets your mouth watering, then what are you waiting for?
MUST TRY :: Menu Fisso – to the very last bite.
WHERE :: 94 Frome Street, East End, Adelaide SA 5000
10. Japanese :: Ajisen Ramen
This Japanese chain offers all our favourites – tori karaage (crispy fried chicken), gyoza (dumplings), enoki beef rolls and massive bowls of steaming hot ramen. These delicious noodle soups come in all varieties but we can never go past the thinly sliced pork version that reminds us of our favourite ramen place in Osaka. And let’s not forget the huuuge glasses of umeshu over ice. (Do it.)
MUST TRY :: Everything listed above and anything else that takes your fancy. How hungry are you?
WHERE :: Leigh Street ~OR~ 35 Regent Arcade, Adelaide SA 5000
11. Lebanese :: Lawash Bakery
Oh my god Lawash. We cannot rave about this Adelaide restaurant enough. You NEED to go there and you NEED to try the chargrilled chicken and/or lamb kebabs – AMAZING. Afterwards, spoil yourself with some of their incredible Middle Eastern desserts. Be prepared for a big line up sometimes as this place gets busy, and deservedly so. Literally drooling as I type. Only 1 month to go til we can get our hands on one of these again. Yessssss.
MUST TRY :: Mixed Chicken & Lamb Kebab / Pistachio Baklava
WHERE :: 115 South Road, Thebarton SA 5031
12. Malaysian :: Mamak Corner
Malay food is the BEST and so is Mamak Corner. Plus it’s ridiculously cheap. This tiny little place serves up steaming hot mugs of our favourite frothy teh tarik (Malay ‘pulled tea’) – essential. Don’t forget a big plate of crispy fried mee goreng, bowls of chicken, beef or veg curry, and a plate of handmade roti with sweet curry sauces and sugar – it’s our standard order pretty much every time we go there. And you can’t forget the Cendol (pronounced CHendol) for a creamy, beany dessert that’s a perfect way to cool down on a hot summer’s day.
MUST TRY :: Mee Goreng / Roti Canai / Nasi Lemak / Cendol
WHERE :: 8 Bank Street, Adelaide SA 5000
13. Mexican :: Viva Zapata! Mexican Cantina
Set inside a former police station (including lock-up!) on Semaphore Road, this place is full of Mexican charm – and wicked Mexican food. There’s plenty of it on their menu too, but for some reason we just can’t go past a big bowl of nachos. Or rather, the half size bowl, which is waaaaay big enough for the both of us. And boy do these guys know how to make nachos. You’ll get more salsa, guacamole and sour cream that you can point a chip at, and enough cheese to glue it all together (one nacho rule amirite?).
MUST TRY :: Chicken Flautas / Chimichanga / El Bandido / Nachos
WHERE :: 6 Semaphore Road, Semaphore SA 5019
14. Thai :: Star of Siam
Smack bang in the CBD across from the Adelaide Central Market, Star of Siam dishes up some of our all-time favourite Thai dishes. I’m pretty sure we order drunken noodles, soft shell crab and choo chee chicken literally every time we visit – we just can’t get enough. This food is made to share so bring a big group, order up and dig in.
MUST TRY :: Sea Star / Pla Beef / Choo Chee Chicken / Drunken Noodles
WHERE :: 67 Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000
15. Spanish :: Villa 77
Tucked inside a cosy villa on Unley Road, we love this place for its massive plates of Spanish tapas, ginormous servings of homemade paella, and delectable jugs of red and white sangria. If we absolutely had to name a favourite tapa it would probably be the patata bravas, but a better plan is to bring your friends and try a bit of everything.
MUST TRY :: Patata Bravas / Gambas al Ajillo / Paella de Verduras
WHERE :: 77 Unley Road, Parkside SA 5063
16. Swedish :: Swedish Tarts Patisserie
Traditional and fusion Swedish and Scandinavian treats abound in this patisserie + coffee shop on Semaphore Road (now also in Henley Beach and Findon). We love (and miss) their all day breakfasts and organic coffee, but you can’t go past a healthy filling flatbread or salad for lunch, topped off with a decadent sweet dessert.
MUST TRY :: Swedish Smoked Salmon Flatbread / Swedish Crepes / Swedish & Scandinavian Cakes
WHERE :: 40 Semaphore Road, Semaphore SA 5019 (see their website for locations in Henley Beach and Findon)
17. Vietnamese :: Little NNQ
Our favourite Vietnamese restaurant in town was once located in the backstreets off Hanson Road, but has shifted to a shiny new location in the city. We’ll be hitting them up when we get back for their crispy fried salt and pepper quail, plates of grilled pork on broken rice and our all-time favourite vermicelli salad with chopped up spring rolls doused in sweet and sour sauce. Yum!
MUST TRY :: Ha Noi Pho / Rice with Pork Chops / Roll Your Own Cold Rolls / Grilled Scallops
WHERE :: 125 Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000
18. Sit Lo
Named for the bicycle taxis so common in Vietnam, this tiny hole in the wall serves up the best baos and banh mi in town. Deliciously soft steam buns or Vietnamese rolls, wrapped around your favourite fillings like crispy skin pork belly, soft shell crab and nem nuong (grilled pork). They’re so tasty we usually order a stack and split them to share. Sit Lo is a fusion of Vietnamese flavours dished up Adelaide street style. Pick your dish, add some homemade lotus chips and you’re good to go.
MUST TRY :: Pork Belly Banh Mi / Soft Shell Crab Bao / Tofu & Shiitake Mushroom Noodle Bowl
WHERE :: 30 Bank Street, Adelaide SA 5000
So guys, are you hungry yet? Which of these awesome international eats will you hit up first? Get on it! xx