Variety is the spice of dining life in Adelaide. Whether you’re hankering for Persian fare, pub grub or spicy Korean fried chicken, Adelaide’s eateries have you covered. And with TheFork Festival, until 11 August, the restaurants below offer the tastes of the world for half price.
Transport yourself to South America at Lucky Lupitas. Designed for sharing, the Mexican and Latin American menu features classics such as quesadilla, nachos, tostadas, fajitas, and of course tacos. If you are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or a mix, Lucky Lupitas has you covered with plenty of options available. Between sips of a Margarita, enjoy a Tempura zucchini and sweet potato taco, while seated next to one of the palm trees inside the venue. Talk about transportation.
Adelaide’s first Korean fried chicken and beer joint is aptly named. Ban Ban - meaning half-and-half is what you ask for if you want Korean fried chicken served two ways. With ten chicken variations, there’s no shortage of choice, including a vegan fried “chicken”. Other dishes on offer include Umami, Spam or Kimchi fries, and an array of other starters, side and larger dishes. With a variety of Asian and Australian beer on offer, Ban Ban also has a number of Soju, to enjoy with your twice-fried chicken.
With one of the most superb city locations, both River Cafe + Red Ochre Grill have views across the River Torrens and the Adelaide city. Housed on the same floating pavilion, both restaurants emphasise local and seasonal produce. Red Ochre Grill specifically focuses on Indigenous ingredients, sourced from communities adept in growing and harvesting such unique produce. River Café, on the other hand, dishes up modern Italian food that focuses on being simple, flavoursome and local.
Housed in the historic Ayers house, Henry’s Table in Adelaide CBD is a contemporary drinking and eating space. With a ‘no rules’ menu, the restaurant has vowed not to stick to a specific cuisine. This means you’ll find steaks and house made pasta next to Korean style chicken and Nasu dengaku (Miso-glazed eggplant). Henry’s Table features South Australian wines exclusively, with more than 100 wines on the list.
Serving pints and delicious pub food since 1838, the British Hotel in North Adelaide is the quintessential Aussie hotel experience, located within walking distance from The Adelaide Oval and The Adelaide Zoo. With a relaxing beer garden, rustic decor and huge open fireplaces, it’s the perfect place to stay warm during the winter, cosying up with good drinks, food and company.
Located within an expansive stone cottage with an outdoor dining terrace in the Adelaide Hills, The Mustard Seed specialises in Indian and pan-Asian cuisine. The menu features Indian favourites such as samosas, chicken tikka and lamb vindaloo, but also includes pan-Asian favourites such as Thai green curry, Mandalay kowshwe and Thai chicken spring rolls. The restaurant’s specialties include Lamb rogan josh, Palak gosht and Tandoori lamb cutlets.
This family-owned and run restaurant has been serving Adelaide residents’ authentic Thai food, in various incarnations and locations, since 1982 and is still a local favourite. Beyond the Thai staples of noodles and curries, the house specialities include crispy beef and chicken, larp, nam tok and whole fish. The venue is also vegetarian friendly, with the menu featuring an array of delicious vegetable-based dishes.
Newly opened Viyan brings authentic Persian flavours and warm hospitality to beachside Glenelg, with vibrant dishes such as braised lamb shank with saffron sauce and grilled barramundi with Persian chimichurri sauce and herbed rice.