2KW, Adelaide


2KW has raised the bar in Adelaide – literally!  Eight floors to be exact.  But it’s so much more than a bar – it has a terrace, cabanas, a garden area and a 70 seater restaurant, taking up 550 square metres at the top of the former Bank of NSW building.  This has to be the coolest place in town, full of beautiful people and boasting a 180+ degree view.

At the King William Street entrance we were greeted by a well-dressed guy holding a clip board who asked us if we had a reservation and then gave us instructions on how to take the two lifts to get to the 8th floor.  On arrival, I was immediately impressed. We needed to see the view so decided to start with a champagne out on the terrace.  Lucky for us, the weather was perfect for the occasion and we were able to stand there and soak it all in – the people, the vibe, the outlook.  I became an instant fan of this place.

After a drink and some excited chatter, we thought it was about time we head in for dinner.  Once seated, I checked out the wine list – and what a wine list it is!  It features many of my favourites – Torbreck, S.C. Pannell, Ochota Barrels, Charles Melton, and that’s just the reds!  How good could this night get!?  They have also partnered with some local winemakers to make batches of wine that are exclusive to 2KW.

The food menu lists a lot of shared plates based on seasonal produce.  I had no real expectations, given that I knew little about Nicholas Finn who heads up the kitchen.  I’m pleased to say that the food is good and didn’t disappoint.  We started with the Meat Locker – a selection of charcuterie, followed by the Smoked Eggplant, Croquettes, Gulf Calamari with chilli jam, and the Falafel Salad.  All good, although the eggplant could have been quite a bit ‘smokier’, and the calamari’s chilli jam lacked any ‘oomph’ and was therefore just sweet.  We then shared the Chermoula Crusted Lamb with some roasted potatoes. I really enjoyed that lamb!   Then desserts – Chocolate Cardamom Terrine, and the Turkish Delight Doughnut.

Make sure you check this place out – whether you go for just a drink or for dinner, or both, it certainly warrants a visit.  2KW is about the whole experience.  One thing’s for sure – I’ll be heading back!

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