Adelaide festivals 2020: Top Picks – Food

There's lots of new foodie havens across the CBD and beyond. Here are our new favourites

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Mia Margarita
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Published 11 Feb 2020


57 Gilbert St, Adelaide @madre.adl

From the masterminds behind McLaren Vale’s Pizzateca comes Madre. Traditional Naples-style pizza in the CBD, made using a technique predating World War I. Madre is so authentic they import seawater from the Mediterranean for their dough. You will not find pizza like this anywhere else in Adelaide.

Allegra Dining Room

L1/125 Gilles St, Adelaide @allegradiningroom

This intimate 28 seat dining room boasts an entirely plant based menu, with a full 10 courses. In accordance with the seasons, the menu highlights local seasonal produce. The space itself features artwork by Gabriel Cole and crockery from Adelaide ceramicist Sam Faehrmann.

Love, Stephy

Shop 3, 62-68 Hindley St, Adelaide @love_stephy_dessert_cafe

One for the sweet-toothed crowd, Love, Stephy’s pink marshmallow interior makes for the perfect unwinding dessert. Japanese influences come through in the delicately stacked dacquoise with matcha and pistachio, and the yuzu citrus tart.

GAJA by Sashi

4/86 Pirie St, Adelaide @gajabysashiadl

After winning Masterchef in 2018, Sashi Cheliah has returned to Adelaide and created GAJA - meaning elephant in sanskrit. In keeping with his Indian heritage and his Singaporean upbringing, GAJA spans across Indian, Malaysian and Singaporean classics, all the while bringing reinvention to the table.

Sparkke at the Whitmore

317 Morphett St, Adelaide @sparkkeatthewhitmore

Head chef Emma McCaskill’s seasonal menu pays homage to her own Indian background, and the pub background of the Whitmore space. Locally grown produce is paired with South Australian seafood and livestock to create a warm, homely dining experience, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian offerings.

Villetta Porcini

Mylor, Adelaide Hills @vporcini

For an adventure, head to Mylor to eat at the foot of Andre Ursini’s extensive backyard featuring a European-style stone hut. Be greeted with drinks on arrival and indulge in foraging for mushrooms on the wander to the 20 seat dining table.


1/164 King William Rd, Hyde Park @_joybird

If you have fond memories of your local chicken shop from your childhood, you will not be disappointed at Joybird. Find classic fried and roasted chicken dishes alongside strong Asian influences including bao, karaage and dumplings.

Mia Margarita

330 Seaview Rd, Henley Beach @mia.marga.rita

Just opposite the bustling Henley Square is Mia Margarita. Start with some share plates before delving into authentic tacos including soft shell crab and pork shoulder. Finish it off with dessert trash can nachos made with chocolate and ice cream. Don't forget to try a namesake margarita!

Jack & Jill's Bar and Restaurant

121 Pirie St, Adelaide @jackandjillsadl

Named after co-owner Tom Mclean's parents, this modern Australian restaurant blends flavours from across the world to bring a unique tasting experience. Italian inspired burrata, Sri Lankan barramundi and Middle Eastern spiced lamb shoulder are just some of the delights on offer.