No longer is Adelaide simply a fly-in, fly-out destination. The South Australian capital is making a stand-alone name for itself! With incredible wineries, winding hills and an ever-growing gastronomy scene, Adelaide is now a go-to destination for all things hip and delicious. Add the pristine coastline, bountiful countryside and buzzing CBD and you will find it impossible to leave South Australia’s crown jewel!
Here’s what The Tailored Man managed to squeeze into 48 hours in the City of Churches:
2pm – Take Off
With a 56-minute flight, there is just enough time to recline your seat, check the view from your window whilst you inhale your snack(there’s no time for a real meal) and then you’re getting ready to land.
4pm – Check In
Overlooking Victoria Square, the location of the Hilton Adelaide couldn’t be any more perfect. In the heart of the entertainment, shopping and dining precincts, everything you need is right at your fingertips. With a view over the city and a bed wider than we thought possible, this is livin’!
6pm – Wine Time
Adelaide’s small bar scene and laneway cred are giving Melbourne a run for its money! With no shortage of options, Nola was the first stop in the buzzing food and wine hub that is Vardon Ave. Bringing the Deep South to the East End, a Negroni was the obvious and exceptional choice at the craft beer and whiskey joint.
With a colossal wine list(and conveniently next door) Mother Vine provided the relaxed and unpretentious yet stylish spot for a top-notch drop. Showing full support for their local wineries, they have 350 wine listings, with nothing but the best from local names.
8pm – Out of Africa
One of the cities finest chefs, Duncan Welgemoed (formerly Bistro Dom) has blended the flavours from his home turf of South Africa with his love of fire to create “The Real Makoya” that is Africola. With an array of unpronounceable ingredients and dishes (think “morogo” sauce and “boom chakalakka”), our panic led to ease as our super-friendly waitress took control of the ordering. Dynamic combinations of spices, aromas, textures and colours were put together in dishes like cured kingfish muamba, ashed peppers with black sauce, double-smoked buttermilk carrots and smoked mussels with spanner crab and cider butter. The kitschy interior – an eclectic mix of recycled coke bottles, hanging woven straw lampshades and menus fronted by Nelson Mandela – set the scene for a night of flamboyance and if nothing else, a whole lotta fun!
8am – Brunch Scene
One word…. DANISH! The boutique bakery and coffee spot under the name of Flinders Street Project is a carb-lovers heaven. With 10’000 wooden spoons hanging from the ceiling, we had all but one question for you – is this what heaven tastes like?!
9.30am – The Hills Are Alive
Affectionately named the “20 minute city” – this is not a drill! There are very few places in the world where one minute you are in the heart of the CBD and 19 minutes later you can be at the beach or for us, winding through the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Passing through the maze of hills and valleys, alternating between rolling vineyards and natural bushland, it’s like something you would get out of a movie.
12pm – Winery Wander
In a region reputed for producing some of Australia’s most elegant cool climate wines, it’s hard to stand out amongst the crowd. But Ngeringa is at the front of the pack, with a certified biodynamic vineyard specializing in fine wines that are full of vitality and natural tradition.
We found winemaker Erinn Klein mid-bottling of a beautiful Petillant-Naturale (a naturally fermented sparkling wine).
“We allow the soil, the site, the season and the variety to express itself in our wines”
a mentality that is obvious in the nature of the place.
Aside from an opulent Syrah to be savoured, the Altus (a not too sweet dessert wine) had our jaw on the floor; safe to say we left Ngeringa needing another suitcase.
1.30pm – Lunch With a View
With a restaurant overlooking the vines and out on to a beautiful landscape of the hills, Bird in Hand was the perfect place for a languid long lunch. Known for their Sparkling wines, we were treated to some beautiful wines matched to a delicious spread of hearty roast pumpkin soup with crème fraiche, Asian pulled chicken slaw, beef fillet with mushroom ragu and a chocolate beetroot cake to top it all off.
3.30pm – Say Cheese
Udder Delights is exactly as it sounds…udderly delicious. We stopped in at the artisan cheese factory in the town of Hahndorf to savour our way through some of Adelaide’s best dairy delights!
6.30pm – Cocktail Hour
With a view looking out onto the busy Victoria Square in the heart of the CBD, The Collins Bar was the perfect cocktail kick-off, with the largest classic and creative cocktail list on offer. The barmen were an encyclopaedia of booze information and cocktail recipes, able to create whatever the drinker’s tastebuds required. With a relaxed atmosphere and an elegantly stylish interior, prepare for your booze-buds to be excited, intrigued and amazed.
8pm – Grilled To Perfection
Taking it back to basics, Coal Cellar and Grill is the restaurant leading the power of “place.” Highlighting the best South Australian produce, with an abundant wine selection, we were taken on a culinary journey through the state’s finest produce.
Eyeing off the menu, it’s hard to know whether to opt for the Deconstructed Pig or the Tomahawk steak… so why not both?! The baked scallops were a standout and the pan-seared barramundi was simply to die for. The décor is all elegance and luxury, as was dessert – nougat semifreddo, chocolate marquise and fig and mascarpone mousse.
9am – Breakfast Hit
You can take us out of Melbourne, but you can’t take away the scent of Melbourne coffee, which we managed to find in Adelaide. Serving up Proud Mary beans, we stopped in at Please Say Please for a quick caffeine hit and one of their freshly made toasties.
10.30am – Market Hall
South Australia’s thriving food and culture hub, Adelaide Central Market is a must-visit for anyone in town! We were lucky enough to have Hilton chef Daniel Fleming walk us through the buzzing and vibrant market place, pointing out the freshest produce and the friendly locals. Colours, smells, sounds; the senses were in overdrive!
12.30pm – Chefs Table
A table in front of the chef’s galley, we watched Coal Cellar and Grill’s leading man Flemming and his sous chef work their magic on our fresh market haul. Freshly grilled sardines with a tomato and basil salsa, Malaysian chilli crab, fresh porcini mushrooms sautéed in butter and herbs and spicy Asian greens – a feast fit for Kings (or a bunch of hungry food fiends). The salted caramel Panna cotta with nutella popcorn was the cherry on top of the utterly delicious cake.
2pm – City Scape
With an extensive and eclectic collection on show, the Art Gallery of South Australia is a must-see. Located on the cultural boulevard of Adelaide’s North Terrace and with free admission, drop in and perfect that slight head tilt and pensive gaze. Hours could be spent in the Botanic Gardens if you are not already happily lost amongst the city’s elegant architecture and wide tree-lined streets.
Enamoured by the world-class food and drink on offer, they don’t call it RAD-elaide for nothing.