Got a ragingly successful restaurant and an overflow of customers? Enter kid sister offshoots, giving you a taste of the parent kitchen’s highlife, often for a fraction of the cost. We’ve rounded up some of Adelaide’s finest kitchen spinoffs. Happy eating.
Pink Moon Deli
From the creative team that wedged a delightful log cabin-esque bar into a former four-metre service alley on Leigh Street (winning a slew of awards in the process), comes an even more compact experience in Pink Moon Deli. Serving up mouth-watering toasted sandwiches, salads and Australian classics (hello Golden Gaytime) from a tiny kitchen, Pink Moon Deli is the perfect spot for a flyby mid-week lunch grab or casual after work drinks. If you’re lucky (and fast) you can nab a few of the limited seats available.
17A Leigh Street, Adelaide
Struggling to scrounge the cash to indulge in Gourmet Traveller’s ‘Australian Restaurant of the Year’, Orana? Now you can experience the creativity of chef-of-the-moment, Jock Zonfrillo, in a more casual (read: affordable) setting with Orana’s new little sister, Bistro Blackwood. What can patrons expect? “We’ll serve a seasonally evolving menu with daily specials drawing from the same indigenous ingredients and techniques that we bring to life at Orana. It’s the same style, but more approachable and there’ll even be something for kids,” said Zonfrillo, in a press release. Run, don’t walk.
285 Rundle Street, Adelaide
It was not uncommon to see a line-up of cult like devotes out the door of Lucky Lupita’s flagship store in Bedford Park back in the day – so fans of traditional Mexican will be overjoyed that the restaurant has a sister tucked away off Rundle Mall. Serving a similar explosion of texture and flavours that made its predecessor famous, ULC (short for United Latino Cocina) will have any taco devotee on their knees, praying to the altar of Frida.
14-16 Francis Street, Adelaide
Kutchi Deli Parwana
Framed as the second chapter to the wildly popular Thebarton restaurant Parwana, Kutchi Deli Parwana is serving up Afghan style street food from their lush (and totally instagrammable) shopfront in the city’s east end. While you daydream about your future home’s colour scheme, you can munch on their famed steamed dumplings called mantu (we recommend fried with the lamb mince topping) or Parwana’s signature eggplant dish, Banjan Borani. Run by the children and partners of Parwana’s owners – you can expect the same hospitality and warmth you have come to love from the original. Plus, they have an online order form for those unable to luxuriate in a long lunch.
No. 7 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide
Star of Greece Kiosk
With exceptional views and stunning seafood, the Star of Greece has long been considered a must-visit food destination. But we have it on good authority that the kiosk attached to the Port Willunga hotspot uses the same seafood on offer in the restaurant. So if fish and chips (or school prawns with paprika and lime), sandy bums and fighting off seagulls is more your style, you know where to head. No booking necessary.
1 Esplanade, Port Willunga
As Press*’s brattier, but ultimately cooler younger sister – Proof was one of the first to take up the small venue licence that has helped to transform Adelaide’s laneways and nightlife. Tucked away behind its predecessor, Proof has quickly gained a reputation as one of Adelaide’s go-to watering holes. Be lured in by the range of absinthe, and stay for the brisket and macaroni-cheese toastie. Hey Press*, your sister is a babe.
9A Anster Street, Adelaide
The food truck baby of popular Italian eatery Andre’s Cucina, MANGIA, MANGIA! is the on-the-road version of your nonna’s cooking. Their signature hand-made gnocchi with six-hour slow braised lamb is honestly life changing and will have you feeling like the smuggest festival go-er this side of Rome. If your dedication to gnocchi doesn’t extend to festival hopping – you can hire the team for your own function.
Bar Torino, located next to its parent, Chianti is a tiny jewel in Hutt Street’s culinary crown. The perfect nook to while away the hours – with an incredible cocktail selection to keep you company. Looks wise, Bar Torino is all dark tiles, exposed bricks, and hewn wood interiors. With the trademarked Chianti level of service, the end result is a buzzy yet comfortable atmosphere.
Offering Italian and Spanish inspired tapas, there’s a decent selection of vegetarian options alongside the traditional meaty fare. Specials include weekend lunchtime paella and an outdoor charcoal grill on Friday and Saturday nights. Aperitivio hour is Tuesday through to Thursday 5pm – 7pm.
Importantly, late night food is available after 10:30pm, so you can turn a lunchtime Bloody Mary into an all day, sozzled affair. It’s been done, believe us.
158 Hutt Street, Adelaide
Serbians know good meat. Fact. Every Australian barbeque since the 80s (at least) has them to thank for the ćevapi – the spicy pseudo sausage. So when Serbian restaurant Kaffana opened its Peel Street doors in 2014, Adelaide meat lovers rejoiced. With traditional fare served in tapas style sharing platters, it quickly became a popular haunt. So popular, they opened Kaffana Burger – directly across the street. Crazy good burgers served on handmade rolls, with an ever-changing mix of fillings. With the weather warming up, Kaffana Burger’s outdoor seating is brilliant for curbside dining and people watching.
25 Peel Street, Adelaide
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