It’s the rooftop restaurant and bar - with extraordinary views - that Adelaide’s been crying out for.
2KW, perched on Level 8 of an historic former bank building on the city centre’s northern edge, offers a panorama that stretches from the ocean to the Adelaide Hills.
Refocus on what’s closer to hand and you’ll spot landmarks such as Government House Grounds, Adelaide Oval, the River Torrens and the spires of St Peter’s Cathedral that are illuminated at night.
The spacious outdoor deck includes comfy cushioned benches – although some patrons say it’s a shame the seating pivots them away from the view.
Others prefer to sit inside in the restaurant where they can tussle over small, medium and large share plates cradling the likes of Streaky Bay oysters, roasted heirloom carrot salad, crispy spiced duck and kangaroo shank tagine with fig, prunes, pumpkin, honey, onions and couscous.
The bar pours four South Australian wines made exclusively for the venue; there’s also an intriguing selection of craft beers, including locals such as Prancing Pony Double Red Ale and Brew Boys Hoppotamus IPA.
Even the bar food menu is a cut above the norm, with pizza toppings that include smoked rainbow trout and raw broccoli pesto.
Woolshed Restaurant at Rawnsley Park, Flinders Ranges
Drive for around 450 kilometres north of Adelaide and up into the Flinders Ranges on the southern side of Wilpena Pound and a meal in the Woolshed Restaurant at Rawnsley Park provides diners with a meal of incongruity. Outside is some of the nation’s harshest wilderness while the Woolshed is just a classic Australian icon of hard yakka and sweat.
What diners get is Elizabeth and Andrew Zdravkovski’s culinary take on the Flinders. Andrew who has served his time behind the pans in the UK at the Bread Street Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay and at Jamie’s Italian for Jamie Oliver has embraced the tranquility of the outback.
With views across to Rawnsley Bluff, the restaurant setting reflects the harsh beauty of its environs yet Zdravkovski’s culinary finesse lies in stark contrast to the surrounds. His desire to create finer flavoured food highlighting local produce has elevated the Woolshed to something well-beyond more traditional pub fare. Visit for the local Rawnsley Park lamb or to savour Andrew’s delightful pastries or homemade ice cream.
The Lane Vineyard, Adelaide Hills
This is quintessential Adelaide Hills. A gorgeous glass-encased pavilion attached to the cellar door affording views across verdant hills and vineyards rimmed by giant gum trees.
On a cold, crisp grey day when there’s a wispy mist lying on the vineyard, it’s a magically warm cocoon while on a clear day, sit out on the verandah and bask in the Hills sunshine.
Chef James Brinklow has built a menu that reflects a sense of place. The cool climate wines provide a starting point and ground the menu but his creations reflect a dash of whimsy. Seared scallops with madras, fennel and apple snap on the tastebuds and with desserts like pumpkin and rum ice cream, ricotta and grilled mandarin are a fanciful treat.
Well worth trying is The Lane’s tasting experience with a group of friends or extended family. For eight or more people the experience matches a selection of The Lane’s wines with some tantalizing treats created by James Brinklow.
1802 Oyster Bar & Bistro, Coffin Bay
With a nod to colonial history, 1802 acknowledges the year explorer Matthew Flinders sailed into Coffin Bay and named it after his friend, the American-born Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin.
The oyster bar, which overlooks the bay and its famous oyster leases, serves “stupendously fresh local oysters and seafood”.
Certainly, oyster lovers won’t be disappointed with the 16 ways oysters can be served (from natural with a lemon wedge to others topped with jalapeno sorbet, crumbed with macadamia nuts and deep-fried, or even as a bellini shooter).
If oysters every which way aren’t your thing, there’s an impressive list of entrees that include a deconstructed prawn cocktail, lemon pepper calamari and chargrilled octopus skewers.
Move on to a seafood platter, bluefin tuna steak or Szechuan-style kingfish.
Those who need a break from seafood can always order the scotch fillet, Moroccan crispy chicken or a pizza (although the signature pizza, naturally, is crowned with prawns, calamari, mussels and smoked oysters).
Pair the feast with a Turkey Flat rose from the Barossa or a Knappstein riesling from the Clare Valley, and you might struggle to leave 1802’s alfresco timber deck.
D’arry’s Verandah, McLaren Vale
The McLaren Vale vineyard d’Arenberg makes an art out of being different.
Its quirkily named wines (The Hermit Crab, The Dry Dam, The Feral Fox), which all bear a diagonal red stripe on the label, are recognisable from across a room.
Chief winemaker Chester Osborn also cuts a striking figure with his blond curls and colourful vintage shirts.
It’s to be expected, then, that his winery would host a restaurant that also stands out.
Those who slide into a seat at d’Arry’s Verandah, perched on a hilltop, enjoy an all-the-way-to-the-horizon vista that takes in neat rows of vines, towering gum trees and rolling hills.
The enclosed dining room was once the verandah of an 1880 homestead; massive shade sails protect the outdoor dining area.
Chef Peter Reschke designs his menu of generous dishes to complement the d’Arenberg portfolio of wines.
Start with the signature entrée - a lobster medallion with blue swimmer crab and prawn ravioli and lobster bisque – and perhaps move on to chocolate and chilli braised kangaroo tail and seared roo saddle with mint labne, date, preserved lemon and parsley pearl couscous.
If there’s any room left, pair a signature dessert such as passionfruit soufflé with pouring cream with a glass of The Noble Wrinkled Riesling.