The Summertown Aristologist
In the ‘80s and ‘90s the Adelaide Hills was home to The Uraidla Aristologist, an innovative restaurant inspired by the traditions of French and Italian cooking and the use of local produce.
These philosophies were revived in 2016 by two Basket Range winemakers and a familiar face on Adelaide’s food scene. Anton van Klopper (Lucy Margaux), Jasper Button (Commune of Buttons) and Aaron Fenwick (Orana, Blackwood) operate the Summertown Aristologist as a cellar door with a community focus.
The recipe is simple: natural wines, humble food and good company. The minimalist menu by Thomas Edwards (ex-Magill Estate) features smallgoods and cheese from local producers; and small pan-European dishes. Twelve natural wines are available by the half bottle.
The crockery and glassware were handmade by local artists. Look up for the light shades, which were crafted by glass artist Mandi King from repurposed demijohns. A Berkel meat slicer and a vintage, lever-operated espresso machine complete the interior.
The dining area features a long communal table at the centre and additional seating against the wall. Downstairs there’s a concreted cellar, where you can select your own wine.