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CORIOLE, McLaren Vale

 

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

ST HUGO, Barossa

 

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

LA PROVENCE, Adelaide

 

*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

RIAD MEZZE RESTAURANT DESSERT AND WINE BAR, Adelaide

 

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

SHOBOSHO, Adelaide

 

Simon Kardachi has done it again. In conjunction with Adelaide-born chef Adam Liston, he’s transformed the old Leigh Street Bollywood site into an Asian barbecue restaurant and bar, Shobosho. And, in line with his other 8 ventures including Osteria Oggi, Press Food & Wine and the Pot Food & Wine, Kardachi has once again been successful in creating a quality venue based around the concept of large and small share plates Read more

SAULT RESTAURANT, Daylesford

 

Never before has a restaurant made me want to put on my best floral frock and frolick in the fields (I’m so not the floral-frolicker type) – nor has anywhere made my mind race, thinking of all of the future special occasions that I could possibly celebrate there. Never, until now. Never, until I discovered Sault in Daylesford.  And hell, this place even Read more

TOPIARY, Adelaide

Hutton Vale duck, summer berries, cherries, parsnip

 

Here’s a place that’s literally a hidden gem. Tucked away in Tea Tree Gully, you’ll find Topiary at the entrance to Newman’s Nursery. I only discovered this place though Instagram – seeing photos of some of the beautiful dishes created by young chef/owner Kane Pollard who took over Topiary about five years ago. He’s been Read more

TOP 100 QUEST: ESP – ESTELLE BY SCOTT PICKETT, Melbourne

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Estelle by Scott Pickett (ESP) has shot straight up into my Top 5. ESP is not to be mistaken for ‘Estelle’ bistro, Pickett’s first restaurant (former Top 100) which is right next door. It’s easy to make the mistake.  The couple who eventually sat next to us did that very thing and after being told on arrival they weren’t actually booked into ESP they made the decision to wait and were finally able to take their seats for the seven Read more

SUSHI PLANET, Adelaide

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Since it opened, I’ve been a big fan of Sushi Planet on Adelaide’s West Terrace. Not only is the food delicious and presented beautifully (great for Instagram pics!), it just happens to be close to my office, and there’s easy parking. I’ve dined in on numerous occasions but I’ve also often taken advantage of their free delivery option. My favourite delivery? Hands down, the Deluxe Sushi Set consisting of Read more

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