Unlike this year’s MasterChef cast, you won’t have to survive eliminations or pressure tests to taste the best food in Adelaide. Judges Matt, Gary & George have done the work for you, sampling the city’s best places to eat as part of their week-long South Australian gastronomic safari. Using the fruits of their labour, we present you with the ultimate Adelaide food guide.
GEORGE CALOMBARIS’ FAVOURITES
George’s favourite spot in Adelaide is Leigh Street’s Shobosho – the latest venture from prolific South Australian restauranteur Simon Kardachi. The Japanese-inspired menu blends smoke, steam and fire – the ancient traditions of Japanese yakitori – and has drawn Head Chef Adam Liston back to Adelaide after his stints in Shanghai and Melbourne. Décor is slick, rich and warm with a distinctly Japanese feel.
Adelaide’s Orana is a major standout for George. Lead by internationally-renowned local chef Jock Zonfrillo, Orana boldly uses native ingredients like bunya nuts, green ants and quandongs to create culinary works of art. Orana was named Australia’s Restaurant of the Year 2018 by Gourmet Traveller magazine.
GARY MEHIGAN’S FAVOURITES
Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar, Adelaide CBD
Ex-MasterChef contestant Andre Ursini’s self-titled Cucina & Polenta Bar is one of Gary Mehigan’s top spots in Adelaide. Cooking traditional dishes using rich, hearty recipes, everything about Andre’s is warm, inviting and lathered in regional Italian charm.
Africola Adelaide CBD (main photo)
Johannesburg-born Duncan Welgemoed serves red hot, authentic South African cuisine at Adelaide’s wildly different Africola. One of Gary urite places to eat in Adelaide, cooking is done on the fire with a big emphasis on vegetables, seafood and rotisserie meats. It’s colourful, loud, brash and boozy – just as it should be.
MATT PRESTON’S FAVOURITES
Parwana, Henley Beach Road
When in Adelaide, Matt Preston can’t resist the tastes, aromas and rich history of Henley’s Parwana Afghan Restaurant. Owners Zelmai and Farida Ayubi migrated from Afghanistan with their young family in 1987. With them, they brought generations of culinary knowledge, resulting in some of the best Middle Eastern food in Australia.
Jamface by Poh, Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide ex-MasterChef contestant Poh has flourished post-show, handcrafting a gorgeous café in the heart of the Adelaide Central Market. Jamface café prides itself on homemade produce, plating-up Scandinavian-inspired lunches, fresh breakfasts, pastries, pasta sauces, jams and more. Pop by on a Friday night for the set menu dinner, paired with lip-smacking South Australian wine.
For your chance to get a taste of South Australia, head to the South Australia Pop-Up Cellar Door at Mr. Toms, Ponsonby, Auckland on 7-9 September, 2018.