words Gordon Kanki Knight
Lost in the Forest
It’s a $45 taxi ride from town to Adelaide’s newest destination diner, Lost in a Forest. Come closer and see the converted 130-year-old church in the Hills town of Uraidla, the work of winemaker Taras Ochota and wife Amber. Ochota is Adelaide’s rockstar winemaker – Mick Jagger sought him out during the Stones’ last visit. Nick Filsell (formerly Jamie’s Italian) offers eight pizzas topped with locally foraged ingredients. Wines come from the Basket Range region, including two unique drops from Ochota Barrels.
Fri 5-10.30pm Sat noon-10.30pm Sun noon-8.30pm,
1203 Greenhill Rd, Uraidla, 0418 897508,
Stirling, gateway to the Adelaide Hills, is just 16km from the city. Grab a cab and head for the award-winning Locavore restaurant and wine bar. Locavore prides itself on its low-food-miles platter, burger and Italian menu: nothing travels further than 160km from paddock to plate. Keeping to the local theme, it also has an Adelaide Hills wine list that is unsurpassed.
49 Mount Barker Rd, Stirling,
Oggi – Italian for “today” – is all about modern Italian. The menu by chefs Andy Davies and Mimi Rivers is built around a selection of house-made pastas. Traditional combinations such as gnocchetti with broccoli and anchovy or lasagne with nobbly bits of sausage sit alongside more creative cured swordfish, a divine blue swimmer crab tagliatelle and I-really-shouldn’t-but-I-will fried lardo “soldiers”. The jaw-dropping dining space is a contemporary take on a Tuscan piazza, crafted (without drifting into pastiche) entirely from American oak.
76 Pirie St, city,
There’s no better place to experience the essence of Adelaide life than Peel Street at lunchtime. It’s here that the laneway dining revolution started, and it’s here that the city’s creative and business communities come together around share plates from the Middle East, Asia and the Med. Co-owner and kitchen head Jordan Theodoros won The Advertiser Food Awards Chef of the Year – and when you taste his fish pasty or snapper croquette you’ll find out why.
Book ahead. Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm, dinner Wed-Sat 6.30pm-late,
9 Peel St, city, 8231 8887,
Must try this!
Just 8km from the city, this is one of the most complete dining experiences in the country, boasting a finely nuanced tasting menu, rare Penfolds vintages and views across old vines to the city and sea. Husband-and-wife team Scott Huggins and Emma McCaskill bring precision and delicacy to the menu, which is matched with wines from the legendary cellar. Melbourne-based restaurateur-turned-architect Pascale Gomes-McNabb designed the space, which celebrates the wine and its geography and heritage – as well as providing the ooh-ah views. For a an option that’s lighter on the wallet, head next door to Magill Estate Kitchen.
Lunch Fri-Sat from noon, dinner Wed-Sat 6.30pm-late,
78 Penfold Rd, Magill, 8301 5551,