Adelaide’s culinary scene, with emphasis on organically grown, locally sourced food, is a delight for veggie lovers. While away a lazy afternoon in a café with a seasonal menu, treat your homesickness with a desi meal, and have a healthy late night bite to celebrate a match at the Adelaide Oval:
The Seasonal Garden Café
On a lazy afternoon, find yourself in the sunny courtyard of Seasonal Garden Café in Adelaide Hills, studying a largely vegetarian menu – Mediterranean dips, sumptuous veggie burgers, creative salads and pastas – which changes daily based on the freshest produce and most creative ideas in the kitchen. Or stop by on a Saturday ‘leftovers’ night, where the week’s leftover produce is used to create a $10 gourmet meal that will make the one-hour drive from Adelaide worth your while!
www.facebook.com/TheSeasonalGardenCafe; 79 Main Rd Hahndorf SA; 83887714
Missing home? Let Beyond India cure your homesickness with a desi tasting plate of homemade samosas, pakoras, onion bhajji and mint chutneys. Lay back in the dim lighting and let familiar Indian flavors tickle your taste buds; try the slow simmered vegetarian biryani, the ‘beyond Indianized’ maa-ki-daal or the homemade saag paneer with a decadent chutney platter. By the time your chilled pistachio kulfi is over, you’ll have forgotten that you’re still halfway across the globe.
www.beyondindia.net.au; 168 O’Connell St, North Adelaide SA; 82673823
The chic restaurant at Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre in Barossa Valley is as Australian an affair as it gets – traditional Aussie fare paired with Jacob Creek wines that never make it to India. Indulge your vegetarian taste buds in a veggie grazing plate and pizzas topped with seasonal veggies, as you gaze out at the breathtaking backdrop of lush vineyards and the hills beyond.
www.jacobscreek.com; Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat; 85213000
Adelaide Central Market
As the aromas of Adelaide’s most vibrant farmer’s market whet your appetite, taste a little bit of everything – freshly baked artisan breads at Bread Bar or Wild Loaf; ‘beautiful breakfasts’ of French baguettes, rolls and smoothies at the Big Table, a breakfast institution; exotic local cheeses at The Smelly Cheese Shop; French patisserie style delicacies at Dough; sinful desserts at Providor (complete with a chocolate fountain).
www.adelaidecentralmarket.com.au; 44 – 60 Gouger Street, Adelaide, SA; 82037494
Etica is for your pizza cravings, but this is pizza cooked in an authentic handmade oven straight from Naples, and cheese is its epicenter. The seasonal menu is small and changing, so put your faith in this typical Southern Italian joint and order the veggie option; your taste buds will thank you, especially if you pair it with a mozzarella tasting plate.
www.eticapizzeria.com.au; 125 Gilles St, Adelaide SA; 73244215
If you’re running late for a cricket match or celebrating one late into the night, Mexican food at Zambrero, cheerfully tucked away on Rundle Street, is your answer; expect a fresh, filling, quick meal that remains available for late night hunger pangs (until 3 am, Thursday to Saturday). Choose from big burritos, tacos, nachos or quesadillas, customize your ingredients – rice, beans, veggies, cheeses and salsa – and assess your Zambrero spiciness tolerance with a range of hot sauces.
www.zambrero.com; Shop 2, 214–216 Rundle Street, Adelaide SA 5000; 8232 2006
Bliss Organic Café
In the heart of Adelaide city, this charming café is true to its name; its entire menu is vegan, organic and delicious, blissful for your taste buds and your body. Start your day with fruit-stuffed pancakes or the breakfast feast, gorge on handcrafted bean and lentil burger with seasonal chutneys, and try organic malai koftas for a treat closer to home. Hang around for a movie screening or vegan cooking class.
blissorganiccafe.com.au; 7 Compton Street, Adelaide, SA; 8231 0205
When the dosa cravings strike, let Shanker’s wine and dine you. What started as a small restaurant run by a couple has transformed into an award-winning fine dining experience in the historic Court House of Adelaide. On offer are delicately spiced coconut-based curries, dosas served with homemade chutneys and sambhar, and a well-paired selection of wines – an impressive reflection of Adelaide’s cultural and culinary diversity.
www.shankers.com.au/89; Prospect Rd, Prospect, Adelaide SA; 83421133
Shivya Nath is an award-winning Indian travel blogger at http://the-shooting-star.com; find her on twitter @shivya.