I have to say, some of the recent Top 100s I’ve been to have left me somewhat – not cold, but lukewarm. The current trend appears to be ‘simple food done well’ – a whole grilled fish with a few salad leaves, a simple pasta dish, a good quality steak – and served in stylish, ‘trendy’ surrounds. All Read more
It’s been talked about for so long and it’s finally here – the fine dining restaurant in the d’Arenberg Cube has opened. The $15 million Cube itself has been in development over the last 10 years, with the flamboyant Chester Osborn, d’Arenberg’s chief winemaker behind the idea.
When it comes to the restaurant, despite all of the lead-up Read more
*SINCE WRITING THIS POST GATHER IN ROBE HAS CLOSED BUT GATHER IS NOW AT CORIOLE*
I just had the most amazing dining experience in Robe – yes, Robe South Australia, just shy of a 4 hour drive from Adelaide. It’s not a place many of us would head to often, but it was Gather Food and Wine that took me there, a restaurant opened by Tom and Sarah Tilbury.
The name ‘Gather’ comes from the gathering of people, but also Tom’s Read more
The food’s come a long way at Coriole – mind you, the last time I went was about nine years ago for a ‘WAGS’ luncheon and back then, it was all about the platters. It was a memorable long lunch sitting out in the garden in the sun, and the platters were excellent, but for me, Coriole became the place for a platter – not something Read more
One of my new favourite places – St Hugo at Rowland Flat in the Barossa. Only one year old, it’s fine dining, it’s degustation, it’s excellence in wine and food matching or ‘wine centric cuisine’ as they call it – and all in a stunningly renovated 1850’s ironstone building, four years in the making.
It’s a classy place, tastefully combining brass, copper Read more
*SINCE WRITING THIS, LA PROVENCE HAS NOW CLOSED*
La Provence – it’s the new French restaurant in Adelaide’s CBD occupying the space of my former favourite Chinese restaurant, From Orient. I was pretty excited when I found out that it’s another venture from chef Tarik Marco who’s also responsible for Le Mistral in Willunga that I’ve enjoyed. Tarik’s food philosophy is based on a quote from Alain Ducasse ‘Simple Sain et Bon’ meaning ’Simple Healthy and Tasty’. While Le Mistral is serving regional, rustic French food, the menu at La Provence is more refined and focuses Read more
SINCE WRITING THIS, RIAD IS NO LONGER OPEN
In Morocco, a ‘riad’ is a large traditional house built around a central courtyard or garden. That central space is usually a focal point where family and friends meet up to relax and enjoy food and drink, often feasting on shared platters.
Owner of the new Riad Mezze Restaurant Dessert and Wine Bar (yes, it’s quite a mouthful!) on Unley Road, Chrissie Pongracz and husband David have been inspired by their Read more