Where do you go for coffee before work/after work/not at work?
Abbots and Kinney on Pirie St in Adelaide is the best going around. They have delish pastries and ripping coffee. Jonny Pisanelli is a young man doing all the right things. Lucia’s in the Central Markets in South Australia offers a traditional Italian approach, great for people watching. It is high energy, just the spot before hitting the markets in the morning. Bar 9 in Central South Australia is a great atmosphere, service and fit out. Tempting hangover food offerings also.
Favourite places for breakfast and brunch?
Zest Café always has something interesting and is in a great location. It is a must when down the Bay. Bar 9 in Parkside is the complete Café package. Coffee nerd hot spot and really good grub on offer too. West Beach Surf Club offers breakfast on a Sunday morning with a fresh smoothie, watching the waves roll in – very relaxing environment.
Favourite restaurants in your home state for special occasions?
Penfolds Magill Estate in South Australia has innovation in one of the smartest dining rooms. It is a South Australian icon. Africola in Adelaide is an exciting place to eat and drink. There is brilliant staff and a fantastic concept – a must. Peel St in the middle of Adelaide CBD has a constantly changing menu executed well, wine you want to drink now and a great fit out.
Best bars to head to after work and on your days off?
Super drinkable cocktails & boutique beers at the Clever Little Tailor in South Australia is a hot spot and rightfully so. Seed Wine House + Kitchen in South Australia offers moreish bar snacks, great options by the glass and the best bar in the Valley. The Exeter in South Australia is one of the best pints in town. With a constantly changing wine list, there is no fuss fun in the Rundle street sun.
Where do you go for fresh, seasonal produce and market bargains?
Adelaide Central Markets is literal food heaven with everything on offer, a real treat and very lucky to have in Adelaide. Barossa Farmers Market is the best regional market in the state, beautiful setting, producers that care and love their products. Sevenhill Producers Market is small but warming market in the Clare Valley. Check out Doug Slugget’s stall for the good stuff.
Where have you had the best interstate dining experiences?
Ethos is my favourite spot in Tassie. Cutting edge operation offering the best that the Apple Isle has to offer, knowledgeable staff that are really good at their job, with food to match. Chin Chin in Melbourne is just an absolute cracker of a setup, warming space that you just want to eat at all day long. Leave it in the staff’s hands and go the ‘Feed me’ option… best way to tackle the Melbourne CBD. El Publico in Perth is a tequila bar, with super tasty food to share with friends in a buzzing atmosphere, in the best part of town. What’s not to love about El Publico?