By Maria from @fooddiary_adl
After 24 years as a dry cleaners in the heart of the city, the Leigh Street Wine Room has now been transformed into one of the swankiest restaurants on Leigh Street, Adelaide!
Owners Nathan and Sali Sasi recently moved back to Adelaide after relocating from Sydney. They have a real love for natural wines, which really shows when you see the 400 strong prominent feature wine wall in the venue. A wine list this extensive calls for a night of adventurous drinking!
To add to the wonders of wine drinking, Nathan uses their venue as a platform to showcase the amazing local produce they use in all their dishes. Nathan has a real philosophy of respecting old school techniques, which really shows in all his dishes. It’s kind of cool knowing you have a head chef that honours history but innovates it along the way without getting too fancy. At Leigh Street Wine Room you are presented with really good produce, made and cooked simply but done oh so well.
The ambiance of the restaurant is unforgettable. The staff are really friendly with plenty of wine and food knowledge and professionalism to boot.
With that said, my top picks on the current menu are the Kingfish Ceviche with chilli and coriander, the Anchovy toast with pickled peppers and their Smokey Bay Oyster with Chardonnay and Pepperberry! Oh my, just writing about this is making my cravings skyrocket!
Keep up to date with their ever-changing menu HERE.
As well as the above, you definitely can’t go past their signature house cured meats and pickles! They have five cuts at any given time, which at the moment is their Mortadella, Smoked Louisianna Sausage, Bresola, Wagyu Salami, White Wine, Fennel Sausage. It’s a great platter to get you started.
Another dish to explore is the Grilled Whole Flounder with Preserved Lemon and Sea Herbs. It comes in three sizes depending on your appetite and what tops off the service for me is that the kitchen is only too happy to debone it on request. #Winning!
If the food hasn’t enticed you to give this place a go — how about knowing that they have recently brought on board one of the country’s hottest young chef as their new Head Chef and Business Partner: Jake Kellie. If you don’t know him, all you need to do is Google his name and you’ll see he comes from a well-known restaurant called Burnt Ends in Singapore (named in World’s 50 Best Restaurants) and most recently Mimi’s in Sydney.
Leigh Street Wine Room is a simple concept executed with impeccable skill and talent. Go check them out, you won’t be disappointed!