As summer heats up; the bars, cafes and resaurants across Adelaide start to draw more and more people. Summer is a popular time for people to not only enjoy the warm weather, but to taste some of the State’s best food and wine. Summer is the perfect opportunity to get outside and explore the food and wine options about town. This month I have taken the time to get back out there to visit a few of my favourites.
February and March are festival season in Adelaide and the city comes alive with an abundance of entertainment choices. South Australia is known as the wine capital of the world and during festival season this means greater opportunity to check out the food and wine options while catching up with family or friends.
Adelaide Central Markets
A city icon since 1869, it is one of the world’s biggest undercover markets. It buzzes with activity as you stroll through aisle upon aisle of stall holders selling fresh fruit and vegetables, poultry, breads, pastries and more. Immerse yourself in the smells, sounds and sights of this colourful and vibrant market. Once you have had your fill of shopping, stop for a break in T-Bar for a relaxing cup of tea (the masala chai is my favourite and highly recommended).
This is my favourite go to restaurant whenever I meet up with family and friends. It has friendly, timely service and all day casual all day affordable dining. Be warned; the meals are huge so you may only need one main meal. Cafe Piatto is an Italian style restaurant with a selection of pizza, pasta, salad and of course bruschetta. All meals will pair nicely with a selection of refreshing wines. My favourite is the squealing pig Sauvignon Blanc.
Another Italian style restaurant on Adelaide’s premier dining strip called Rundle Street. Service is friendly but the meals are a little more expensive than Cafe Piatto; so this one is best saved for a special occasion. Again, there is a good selection of pizza, pasta and bruschetta to keep you full with a full bar of specialty wines to choose from.
Drive about 40 minutes south of Adelaide to the beautiful McLaren Vale. Coriole is one of my favourite spots for a special lunch because you can sit out on the back verandah and admire the rolling, green Tuscan-like hills. It reminds me of Tuscany and there is nowhere else in Australia where I feel a connection to the Italian countryside. Lunches are designed perfectly as sharing plates so you can sample as much of the local produce as you like without feeling full. The wine is all produced on site and perfectly paired with your meal. Coriole also offers a tasting hut where you can sample some of the best wines they have on offer. Some of my favourites I recommend are the Dancing Fig, the fruity rose, Prosecco and their award winning Fiano.
An iconic southern pub on the doorstep to the McLaren Vale region, offers a cosy causal dining pub scene a la carte style. Friendly, timely service and delicious comfort meals served in a wood panelled dining area; Mick O’Shea’s is the perfect spot to sit back and relax with friends after a day out in the south. This venue also offers accommodation if you choose to stay over and explore more of the rolling, green countryside for a couple more days.