A nostalgic new stall inspired by the milk bars and delis of old has opened in the Central Market. Smiley’s Tuckshop – from the couple behind House of Organics – is turning out chicken and gravy rolls, meatloaf subs, pies, pasties and sausages rolls, plus milkshakes and Octeine Coffee, all made with produce from the market or further afield in SA. You’ll also find old-school treats like iced doughnuts, bags of mixed lollies and 50-cent Killer Pythons. And, on Friday nights, comforting dinners like mac’n’cheese served with peas and chilli con carne. Find it in the south-eastern corner of the market (where Comida used to be).
The Salopian Inn comes to the city
Two local hospo heavyweights are joining forces for a one-off dinner next month. The team from The Salopian Inn – led by chefs Karena Armstrong and Jimmy Toone – will be bringing the best of McLaren Vale to Press for a shared dining experience on June 20. Expect some Salopian classics, including those signature dumplings and pillowy pork buns, plus a special drinks list curated by Press general manager (and Tasting Australia drinks curator) Meira Harel. Tickets are $95 per person.
A pizza party at Loc
More from the Jimmy Toone files: the chef’s side (pizza) project SPC – which you might know from previous pop-ups at Good Gilbert and Fall From Grace – is making an appearance at Loc Bottle Bar on Saturday June 3. He’ll be bringing his portable pizza oven to turn out sourdough pies (have a peek at his Instagram page for a taste) including a limited edition pizza topped with Kris Lloyd buffalo milk cheese and kishk, an umami Levantine spread made from fermented yoghurt and bulgur wheat.
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Back that up with a Sunday session at Hindley Street wine bar Nearly, which introduces its first food series – Nearly Lunchtime – on June 4. Its first guests are Marley Scholz Vinall and Jake Smallwood from Tea Time Supper Club, which has previously popped up at Carton Deli and The Olivia Hotel and will be stopping by to fire up the barbie from 1pm to 5pm. Expect Spanish-style barbeque – including chicken hot off the coals, some starters and sides – served on family-style communal tables, plus a tightly edited wine list of their favourite producers (ones with a focus on responsible, regenerative farming). Walk-ins only.
Take two at Arkhe
Four of the country’s most formidable cooks are joining forces at Arkhe this weekend. Thai-cooking legend David Thompson, former executive chef of Longrain Martin Boetz, Louis Tikaram of Brisbane restaurant Stanley and Arkhe’s Jake Kellie will come together for a cooking demo (May 27) and four-course banquet (May 28) after the quartet had to reschedule their sold-out Tasting Australia events. The good news: some spots have opened up across both sessions. Tickets to the demo and the dinner are $600. If that's a little outside your price range, the Arkhe bar will be open for drinks (for walk-ins only) from 5pm Sunday with tunes and good vibes courtesy of DJ Mark Kamleh.