Five years ago, partners Alex Smith and Rik Fisher purchased a run-down 30-acre farm in Ashton in the Adelaide Hills. They had one goal in mind: eventually, they would use produce from the farm in their own eatery. Earlier this year, the pair found what would become their venue – just 20 minutes down the road, on The Parade, in the old Norwood Squash Centre. The menu – by head chef James Brinklow (ex-The Lane) – is seasonal, naturally, and will change regularly.
For breakfast, you might get baked eggs with roasted peppers and chickpeas or XO mushrooms with kale, fried egg, goat curd, fermented cabbage and wild rice. For lunch: ricotta dumplings; charcoal market fish with curry butter, pipis and wilted greens; or woodfired chicken with a caper, pine nut and currant dressing. Their on-site bakery upstairs is turning out sourdough, danishes, croissants and other pastries, all from South Australian ingredients. Dinner service will be introduced soon, as will an all-local booze menu when the liquor licence arrives.
Just days after the opening of Studio Spring on Magill Road, Stepney has scored another arrival – next door – in the form of Mediterranean-inspired cafe Cachemira x Banderilla Y Bara. After launching with a simple menu of ready-made sandwiches, pastries and coffee by Toby’s Estate, an all-day brunch menu is available from this week, featuring an open baguette with salt and pepper squid, cherry tomatoes, chilli and salsa verde; a chicken burger with manchego, Catalan sauce, smoked confit garlic aioli and patatas bravas; truffle mushroom ragu with poached eggs on sourdough; and more.
Croissants and other pastries are baked within walking – and smelling – distance at neighbouring croissanterie, Cannelle Pastries. Once the day trade is ticking over, owners Isaac King and Nathan Nababan plan to open up after hours too – with cocktails and small plates. Add to that a homey courtyard surrounded by vines and olive trees and we wager this’ll be a popular stop among locals during the warmer months.
The Parade's nightlife has finally made its way further east with this cosy new wine bar by Sam Worrall-Thompson (Fine and Fettle, Community), Toby Porter (ex-d’Arenberg), Josh De Haas (Chopping Board Catering), Tony Bales (ex-Pink Moon Saloon) and Brett Hicks-Maitland (Community). The former Saha site) has had a refit by interior architect Georgie Shepherd, who’s turned the bright interior into a sleek evening destination with dark blue timber, terrazzo benches, mustard bar stools and brown tiles.
The impressive food menu is made up of share-friendly small plates that might takre the form of cacio e pepe with pecorino and truffle; excellent Wagyu katsu sandos; barramundi soldiers; and wood-grilled Goolwa pipis with xo butter; and an apple tarte tartin. The wine list favours approachable local drops from producers such as Murdoch Hill, SC Pannell, Aphelion and Porter’s own Mazi Wines.
The site at 35 High Street was once a general store, and the centre of life in Burnside. Lockwood General, its new iteration from the crew behind Peter Rabbit and Bloom, leans into that history. A large “providore wall” near the entrance stocks cartons of milk, cans of anchovies, loaves of bread; and house-made jams, relishes and pasta sauce to take away.
The menu brings things into the 21st century with cuisine-hopping dishes such as grilled eggplant with black bean, apple and miso caramel; a spicy jerk chicken burger with coconut-cucumber salsa; breakfast gnocchi with guanciale, pecorino, poached egg and pangrattata; and more. The wine list is split into “progressive”, “conventional” and “old-school classic” options (think Koerner “Pigato” vermentino, a Samuels Gorge tempranillo and a Shaw & Smith M3 chardonnay) and there’s a selection of spirits, beers and cocktails.