Calling all Adelaidians! We’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants showcasing Europe’s finest cuisines, so you can feel like you’re on the streets of Europe without having to fork out thousands in airfares. From France to Italy to Germany and even Poland – we’re going on a continental trip!
A former MasterChef contestant’s restaurant, the focus here is on quality seasonal regional Italian food but there is no hint of pretension at Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar. It’s authentic, yes, but not quite what “mama used to make”. It’s what mama would make if she had a state-of-the-art kitchen and the finest produce! As the name says on the tin, polenta is the star here, and even if you’re not a fan, we dare you to try it and not come away completely in love. Our personal favourite is the comforting and homely dish of polenta with slow braised lamb in sugo, parmigiano and lemon zest. Droolworthy…
“This place certainly is a popular one. To our food, the dishes and desserts we ordered were delicious, however it was on the pricey side. You get what you pay for at least.” – xbabydollx
About 25 minutes from the city, nestled in the Adelaide Hills, you’ll find Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement at the cute little town of Hahndorf. Given its rich German heritage, it’s no wonder you’ll find Adelaide’s best German food here! Expect big, hearty dishes, Bavarian-brewed beers, and a lively, jovial German spirit here at The Hahndorf Inn. To sample Germany’s finest, you can’t go wrong with the house specialty of the Taste of Germany – you’ll get a selection of German sausages, smoked Kassler chop, pork knuckle, plus sides including sauerkraut (of course) and a baked Bavarian pretzel. You’ll need help from your friends tackling this one!
“The German food here is fantastic, great warm atmosphere, log fires, friendly staff, will definitely be back! Thanks Chevi for that loverly strudlexx” – AdelaideXO
Polish food has gone a bit under the radar over the years, but for those who know the wonders of this Eastern European cuisine, it’s a real experience. Rich, warm and hearty flavours smack you in the face like an enthusiastic grandma’s hug, and Adelaide’s Borsch Polish Café absolutely nails it. The food isn’t always what we’d call traditionally pretty, but what does that matter when it tastes this good? While Polish pierogi dumplings are always a delight to find in the city, we just can’t get enough of the ‘Bigos’ – a traditional Polish hunter stew with paprika braised cabbage, sauerkraut, mixed meat and Polish sausage. Nothing warms you up more than this.
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If there’s something more British than bangers and mash down at the local pub, then we don’t want to know about it, because really, that’s all we need. At The Elephant British Pub, not only will you find Adelaide’s tastiest traditional bangers and mash, but you’ll also discover a fun and vibrant pub full of jolly-good cheer, big Imperial-sized pints of beer and live music.
“Great place to have a good pint watch some rugby and have a superb meal. Highly recommend the mixed grill.” – roryo
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