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The Complete Gastronomic Guide to South Australia: The Best Degustations in Adelaide

South Australia’s food and wine scene are well-known around the nation. Serving culinary masterpieces that take diners on a gastronomic journey to all corners of the globe, Adelaide is home to some of the best fine-dining restaurants in Australia. The epitome of fine dining has to be the degustation menu – perfectly crafted tasting menus made by specialist chefs. With the state capital serving up so many great restaurants, narrowing down the best degustations in Adelaide is no quick fix. To make things easier, here’s a look at some amazing degustations in Adelaide for every fine-dining aficionado.

Topiary

Location: 1361 North East Road, Tea Tree Gully 5091

If you’re after a delightfully modern degustation experience, you can’t look past Topiary. Nestled in the tranquil greenery of Newmans Nursery at Tea Tree Gully, the continually changing menu adapts to the seasons. Its degustation menu in Adelaide serves up a variety of home-grown cheese, butter and bread as well as cured meats and greenery grown in its own garden. The Kane Pollard created menu includes, southern calamari and winter beans, beef carpaccio, radish and purple congo.

Windy Point

Location: 339 Belair Road, Belair 5052

For fine food with a view, it doesn’t get much better than Windy Point. With full length 180 degree windows, enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the Gulf of St Vincent to the Adelaide Hills. The 5-course degustation menu in Adelaide features the freshest seasonal produce; smoked salmon, ham hock and smoked chicken terrine and Coonawarra lamb shoulder.

Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant

Location: Mount Lofty House, 1 Mawson Drive, Crafers 5062

The culinary world of Arthur Hardy serves a seasonally changing four to seven-course degustation menu overlooking the lush countryside of Piccadilly Valley. Locally sourced or home-grown produce create visually stunning plates including; raw Mayura Wagyu rump, pumpkin agnolotti, King George Whiting and winter vegetables. The elegant atmosphere and intimate seating area lined with white linens, a dark oak bar, an open fireplace and ambient lighting – an authentic fine-dining experience awaits.

Siberia Bar & Restaurant

Location: 6 East Terrace, Adelaide CBD 5000

In the heart of the Adelaide CBD, find this modern venue overlooking Adelaide Parklands. The traditional white-clothed tables, exposed brick walls and authentic accents pair with a classic menu reimagined by chef and owner Elena Ambrose. The menu is filled with rich meat dishes such as wild boar, wild Lapine, venison and South Australian duck. Finish with some flair, the dessert menu includes specialties; Siberian pavlova with berries and whipped cream, Gorgonzola blue cheese ice cream and Russian crepes.

2KW

Location: 2 King William Street, Adelaide 5000

The unconventional chef, Trent Lymn brings his distinctive Latin and Mediterranean flavours to the table at 2KW. The modern sharing menu includes; Paroo Kangaroo tartare, Kingfish sashimi, charred Western Australian octopus, wood-roasted Murray cod and Gazander oysters. The signature special, the southern rock lobster, is the stand-out dish served with the chefs choice of condiments and requires 48 hours notice. Add to your meal a glass from the extensive wine list exclusively designed by head sommelier, Daniel Mcevoy and you’re in for a quality fine-dining experience.

Georges on Waymouth

Location: 20 Waymouth St, Adelaide 5000

One of the finest modern Mediterranean degustations in Adelaide lives in the heart of the CBD. Step inside the stylish Georges on Waymouth, and feel the warm, minimalist dining room with linen tablecloths, high timber-beamed ceilings and wooden floorboards. The seasonal menu starts with the likes of; char-grilled Myee Quail, and house-made gnocchi and serves up mains including; duck mezzaluna pasta and its signature lamb press. A good idea to make your reservations in advance if you fancy a night at this one.

Image: George’s on Waymouth. Adelaide, South Australia | Source: John Krüger

Erato Teppanyaki

Location: 21 King William Street, Adelaide CBD 5000

The best flavours of Japan meet French culinary refinement in the heart of South Australia’s capital. In a classic heritage marble venue, enjoy exciting teppanyaki dining surrounded by high ceilings and gold motifs. The high-end atmosphere and luxury ambience is the perfect place to watch the specialty chefs prepare plates of art right in front of you. There are five menus to choose from including the signature, meat lovers, fish lovers and the classic. Dishes range from southern rock lobster, smoked pig jowl and Wagyu roll to oysters, Kingfish Sashimi and Ora King salmon.

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Slate Restaurant

Location: 233 Polish Hill Road, Sevenhill 5453

The award-winning restaurant is nestled on the Pikes Wines Estate with picturesque views of the vineyards from the alfresco deck. Enjoy your food outside in the sunshine or inside the romantic and contemporary dining area. Head Chef, Tristran Steele delivers a modern Australian menu with French, British and Japanese influences. Pair your meal with an estate-grown wine or craft beers brewed onsite by Pikes Beer Co.

Head Chef Max Stephenson | Source: Ben Macmahon

Martini on the Parade

Location: 59A The Parade, Norwood 5067

A unique dining experience of authentic Italian cuisine with a creative twist. The casual yet sophisticated venue uses fine, delicate touches in layout, lighting and design to create an intimate Mediterranean ambience. Executive Chef Larry Piscioneri uses South Australia’s finest fresh seasonal produce to create a thoroughly contemporary menu filled with Italian dishes. Think fresh burrata to start then linguine with black mussels, clams, blue swimmer crab, King prawns and calamari, or grilled Porterhouse steak and a selection of pasta.

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If you’re a fine dining fan from another state, have a look at The Best Degustations in Sydney,  The 5 Best Degustations in Perth and the Best Degustations in Melbourne.

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