Adelaide Fringe – City Eats

13 Feb

Adelaide Dining: (clockwise from top-left) ETC, Nano Ready 2 Go, Yiannis, Leight Street, ETC, Bistro Dom

The Fringe is upon us, the ‘Festival State’ beckons. Indeed, it is finally that time of the year again, when the peaceful (albeit too much sometimes) town of Adelaide rouses from its slumber and blooms into a fanfair of arts, music and mayhem.

If you’re a hungry out-of-towner (tsk*), or a local who “just can’t remember the name of that restaurant..” – then read on, as this writer shares a few personal food favourites within the borders of Adelaide’s CBD.

Brunch. East Terrace Continental (ETC) – a local hotspot for all-day brunch (think big breakfast, fresh pasta, smoothies..). I must stress the IMPORTANCE of ordering their banana pancakes soaked in butterscotch sauce and cream – some knee quivering action here. Nearby, hidden in the crevices of Ebenezer Place, is Nano Ready 2 Go, which features a menu that leans towards the simpler side of life. This writer tends to always order the spaghetti vongole in tomato sauce – an uncomplicated “slurp me up” number. A trek towards Hutt Street reaps its rewards as one settles into artisan pastries and cakes at the petite haven that is Au Matin Calme. The Moet (Champage Mousse Cake) and lemon tart are personal dears. And just a few blocks away is Chianti Classico, arguably Adelaide’s finest dining establishment – breakfast there is a stately affair.

Mid-Range. If you’re looking for a ‘nice-ish’ meal that won’t break the bank, potter over to Wasai for homey, cosy, no-frills Jap. Alternatively, fuel up on mussels, chips and noteworthy Europeans brews at the Belgium Beer Cafe. Amalfi rustles up some decent Italian, but if the belly’s calling for pizza, give Est a go. Thin, crusty with off-beat topping medleys – grab a bottle of vino and settle into this ant-sized eatery late into the night (a heads-up that food takes a while when they’re busy).

Cheap n’ Cheery. Yiannis on Hindley – the saving grace of UniSA West students, where charcoal spit-roasted meat finds its way into what many believe is Adelaide’s most delicious yiros (translation: kebab, souvlaki for those interstate; the name debate rages on but we’ll save this discussion for another fair weathered day). For an oriental fix amble along Gouger Street or Moonta Street, where you’ll find a sprinkling of Asian restaurants of various descriptions. Truth be told, the Asian food scene in town is fairly average, but one can be guaranteed a decent filling at the least. Alternatively, scoot over to Central Market and create a picnic basket of fresh fruit, bread (Dough), olives and cheese (The Smelly Cheese Shop, Say Cheese) and collapse in one of Adelaide’s many inner-city parklands.

Smart-casual/fancy. Apart from the aforementioned Chianti, one should hunt out Leigh StreetCOS Restaurant and Rigoni’s are worth a try. Other notable lunch eateries include Georges on Waymouth, Bisto Dom and Pranzo (uber quick service here, if word-of-mouth is anything to go by). Newcomer Celsius also presents a reputably slick offering. The Greek is next on my must-try list, judging from its welcoming exteriors and the whistling of favourable reviews.

Adelaide, what are some of YOUR favourite inner-city dining secrets?

Amalfi 29 Frome Street. Au Matin Calme 210 Hutt St. Belgium Beer Cafe 27-29 Ebenezer Place. Bistro Dom 24 Waymouth Street . Celsius 95 Gouger Street. Central Market 45 Gouger Street. Chianti Classico 160 Hutt St. COS Restaurant 18 Leigh Street. East Terrace Continental 6 East Terrace. Est 30 East Terrace. Georges on Waymouth 20 Waymouth Street. Nano Ready 2 Go 23 Ebenezer Plc.  Pranzo 46 Exchange Place. Rigoni’s 27 Leigh Street. The Greek 75/79 Halifax St. Wasai 9/15 Field St. Yiannis on Hindley 270 Hindley St.


13 Responses to “Adelaide Fringe – City Eats”

  1. Jane February 15, 2011 at 12:00 am #

    Love your post 😀
    ETC is so nice. I’ve yet to try this Est though..hmmm and I also read somewhere COS is really good!

    Have you tried Bocelli’s on Wakefield? hehe it is one of aunty kay and aunty sue’s favourites places ^^

    Sushi in the city = awesome lunch place 😉

    Thanh Thanh= new viet place in chinatown XD close range asian smoothies! hehe and roll your own cold rolls…

    mmmmmmm I could talk about food forever…ooh we tried celsius today! It was quite nice with some interesting things…and some weird tasting things. But the duck was yum and the dessert was very nice.

    Ash is definitely not one of my favourite things to eat on a steak though but clement said it added flavour to the steak.

    Have you tried the Sparrow @ North Adelaide?? My favourite!!! Duck donuts are like crazy and I love their main duck. heheheh

    ok peace out. I should stop rambling. lalala byeeeeee

    • Talking With Your Mouth Full February 15, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

      Hi Jane!
      Yeah, there are some nice things at celsius. Some others, not so much – but all in all quite nice. Duck was delicious! And the illuminated table is quite fetch. The last time I went to sparrow was quite a while ago, but I enjoyed everything when I went. I love the interiors:) Est is rather new, and quite minimalist. thin crusty pizzas. Ah, I should try Thanh time we organise a lunch…

  2. james February 20, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    should show this to new students. great blog!

    • Talking With Your Mouth Full February 20, 2011 at 1:02 am #

      thanks james! yeah, its a great city guide for adelaide newcomers. Feel free to spread this round if you wish. will continue workin on diggin up the good stuff in adelaide,. -cheers!

  3. The Editor February 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Looks great! Love Adelaide blogs!

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    • Talking With Your Mouth Full February 21, 2011 at 12:12 am #

      Hi John! Will be honored to be featured. Just checked out the site, fantastic – a real buzz hub. yeah, its good to put the good stuff of ade out there. Thanks for the support!

  4. Festival Freak February 21, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Great to see Nano get some love – it’s one of the city’s undiscovered gems for breakfast, I reckon. Friendly staff, too (I’ve got most of them trained up on my standard order – it’s kinda like Norm wandering into Cheers now 🙂

    Other places of note: Soonta do astoundingly yummy Vietnamese rolls and salads – Weymouth St & James Place. Bega (corner Hutt & Halifax) do magnificent scrambled eggs & brioche. Milano (cnr Wakefield & Hutt) have a delightful potato, bacon & onion omelette that is nigh-on perfect as a stomach-settling breakfast after a big night out.

    And the Chipotle stand inside the Gluttony venue is by far the pick of the East Terrace Fringe venue stalls… wonderfully stuffed burritos and fresh nachos. Delicious, without a hint of guilt.

    • Talking With Your Mouth Full February 21, 2011 at 11:51 am #

      Have to agree with u about Nano’s service there FF – rather friendly indeed! The rolls at Soonta are delicious and pretty good by city standards; best still come fr Regency tho I reckon. Waymouth is fantastic. Will def put Bega and Milano on my list – thanks for heads up!

  5. Monica February 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Are you kidding? “The Asian food scene in Adelaide in town is fairly average”?!
    Obviously you haven’t visited the dozens of excellent places in Chinatown. Some of my favourites are Chinatown Cafe, Bahn Mi, Ding Hao (yum cha), Noodle Kingdom and not to mention the dozens of small stalls in the two foodcourts in Moonta street (great cold rolls, Pho, Laksa and Japanese Bento boxes).
    You have got a lot of exploring to do in Chinatown to discover the Asian food scene in Adelaide (not to mention many great surburban eateries)!

    • Talking With Your Mouth Full February 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

      Hi Monica,
      Thanks for the comment. And I must stress (as in my Abouts page) that all I write is personal opinion, and very happy to hear differing opinions.(this is a place for candid food convo after all 🙂 ),
      but I must say that I have heard many others agreeing with this opinion on the standard of asian food in town . Yes there are good things here and there, but if you were to compare it with the stuff we’ve got in the suburbs, or take even the asian food in sydney, melbourne and abroad , its simply not as authentic. Dumpling king in moonta does nice food, and I think ding hao does a real sexy mango pudding. I absolutely LOVE my asian food; and this is my opinion if I were to look at things from a wider perspective (being that this article was written with locals and foreigners in mind). But again, thanks for sharing.

  6. gninethree March 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    This is awesome! Just found another Adelaide food blog! There are way too few here! Will definitely bookmark this post and try the places you recommended! 🙂

    • Talking With Your Mouth Full March 7, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

      Heylo Gen 9:3. Jus popped over to yours and happy to see that the ade food blogging circle is growing. 🙂 we’re a small clan out here, but we’ll make it a good 1. saw ur ngi ngan quan post. excellent viet..-amanda

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