“What good new restaurants should I try?”

Broadsheet’s editors field this question, or a variation on it, almost every day. While we’d just as soon recommend one of Adelaide’s straight-up best restaurants or a long-standing institution, the pull of a hot new place is hard to deny.

So here it is: our edit of the best new restaurants in Adelaide from the past 12 months, updated monthly. Some of these places are redefining the way we eat and will go on to become classics. Others will be shorter lived. Either way, these are the spots we’re enjoying eating and drinking at right now.

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Fishbank

The latest addition to Adelaide’s fresh wave of seafood opened in the old Jamie’s Italian space on King William Street in spring. The ambitious new restaurant is the brainchild of Martin Palmer and Ed Peter, the partnership behind upstairs bar and restaurant 2KW. The menu spans everything from fish’n’chips to beluga caviar. Smaller dishes might be pickled squid salad with black pudding and burnt apple, or wok-fried pipis in an XO sauce, while larger options might include wok-fried mud crab in a chilli-coconut broth or Murray cod with Sichuan eggplant.

2 King William Street, Adelaide

Shosho

There’s no denying Adam Liston’s new neighbourhood izakaya has strong Shobosho DNA. But its identity is all its own, with a clear focus on tempura alongside a line-up of dumplings, wontons, noodles and more. The restaurant is in the former Joybird site. The vinyl floor is gone, and the space has been softened with carpet and Japanese noren curtains. It’s warmer and more mature, and a better fit for its Hyde Park setting. The aforementioned tempura menu features crisp, lightly battered veggies and seafood, including species seldom spotted on local menus such as whole coral prawns, toothfish and scampi from West Australian supplier Fins Seafood. Another highlight is the shallot pancake, enriched with creamy Laughing Cow cheese.

1/164 King William Road, Hyde Park

Comida Inc

We can think of few better places to spend the warmer months than this sprawling restaurant and its adjoining gardens. Comida Inc is beautiful, whether you’re dining indoors in the warm, earthy fit-out or whether you’re eating out on the deck which looks out over the gardens. The casual Spanish food menu is a note-perfect companion for the scenery.

100C Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf

Kokko

It used to be difficult to find Korean fried chicken in Adelaide. Now it’s abundant. But Kokko stands out in an increasingly crowded field thanks to its fun, kids playground-inspired design and concise menu by Seoul native Julie Kim. In the name of quality she fries just 100 pieces of chicken a day. Get yours with house-made sauces, cauliflower fries and a Korean beer.

Shop 1 1 Margaret Street, Norwood

Lazyboy Hotpot

There are plenty of places that serve malatang – a Sichuan-style DIY hotpot for one – in and around Chinatown. But there are less options for northsiders looking for it closer to home. Now, Lazyboy has you covered. Assemble your bowl by picking noodle type, veggies, meats and add-ons, then hand it to the kitchen to be cooked. Once it’s ready, choose from a variety of Asian grocery favourites – including cans of Yeo’s and Mesona Grass Jelly – to cool your palate.

Shop 1 51 Victoria Parade, Mawson Lakes

Koomo

Koomo is situated on the 10th floor of the new Crowne Plaza hotel on Frome Street – now the tallest building in Adelaide – with sweeping views of the surrounding city and parklands. The menu doesn’t scream Japanese at first glance, save for a few stars of the cuisine: ramen, Wagyu, tempura. Japanese whisky is the drink to go for. Koomo is on the House of Suntory’s allocation list – meaning it has access to bottles that are difficult to find elsewhere in the state, including Hibiki’s 17-year-old blended whisky.

27 Frome Street, Adelaide

Pearl

Pearl spent six months doing takeaway only due to Covid, but is now properly up and running. The focus here is sustainability. “Most of the seafood we use comes from the ocean out the front of the shop,” says co-owner Jules Rydon. Come during the week for a casual menu of Mediterranean-influenced dishes. Don’t miss out on Friday Night Fish, a more elaborate, bookings-essential seafood feast.

Lower Esplanade Aldinga Beach Boat Ramp, Aldinga

Angler

This is another seafood spot doing things differently. Amanda Prance and her nephew Sam Prance-Smith wanted to bring coastal-quality fish and chips to the Adelaide Hills. Prance-Smith is a chef who’s cooked in restaurants such as Melbourne’s Attica and Cutler & Co, so Angler is a cut above your usual neighbourhood fish’n’chipper. All fish here are dry-aged, like high-quality steak. The menu is loaded with classics, alongside more out-there options (seafood sausages or carp bacon, anyone?).

Shop 5 11 Mount Barker Road, Stirling

Fino Vino

Fino at Seppeltsfield is an icon of the Barossa, so expectations were high for its first urban outpost. Good news: this charming 70-seat wine bar and restaurant delivers. Inside, marble meets wood, leather meets iron and rugged brick and stone walls are left bare. It does a great job of fooling you into forgetting that you’re in the centre of town. The food is simple and changes often, and every part of the animal or vegetable that comes through the kitchen is prepared in-house, with next to nothing wasted. The wine list is predictably excellent, and there’s also a range of Fino sherries available.

82 Flinders Street, Adelaide

Noi Vietnamese Eatery

Quang Nguyen is a well-known dessert chef. Along with wife Thy, he’s responsible for cafes Devour Cafe Patisserie, Shibui Dessert Bar and Third Time Lucky. Noi is a change of pace for Nguyen. Co-owned with his siblings, this Vietnamese-meets-Australian restaurant is an homage to the kind of food that the Nguyens grew up eating. The lamb ribs, coated in a Vietnamese spice rub then finished on the grill, represent barbeques in the backyard. Similarly, the lemongrass-and-turmeric chicken is reminiscent of trips to a suburban chicken shop. It’s all set within a modern space that’s ideal for groups.

306 Glen Osmond Road, Fullarton

Gunbae Chicken and Beer

Korean fried chicken is getting more and more popular across town, but Gunbae is one of the best. The menu is blissfully simple: chicken (brined for 12 hours before being fried), beer and Korean sides including kimchi pancakes, mandoo salads and rice balls. The interiors are equally spartan, all the better for focusing on the true task at hand when visiting Gunbae: making sure you secure more pieces of chicken than your mates do.

11-29 Union Street, Adelaide

Buk Buk Southern Hot

Fried chicken is popping up around town at the moment, but Buk Buk is a noteworthy new addition that’s worth paying attention to. Its specialty is Nashville-style hot chicken, which involves drenching chicken in a buttermilk hot sauce, coating it in flour, deep-frying it, then brushing it again with a spice mix. The result, usually served on a slice of white bread with pickle slices, is hot (although there are some milder options). Pair your chicken with sides such as mac’n’cheese and waffle fries, and enjoy it all with a cold beer.

1/254 Grange Road, Flinders Park

The Guardsman

This all-day dining hall at the old Adelaide Railway Station is a triple threat. The Guardsman faces out to the station concourse; it’s a thoroughfare which stays busy all day. So it made sense for The Guardsman to be a cafe, bar and restaurant that opens early and closes late. It pulls off all three. Whether you’re a commuter looking for a coffee and a small bite, or you’re from farther afield and want to sit down to a steak and a Martini, you’ll be well catered for here.

125 North Terrace, Adelaide

Blue Velvet Artisan Pizzeria, Pastry and Dessert Lab

Most pizza joints specialise in one particular style – New York, Neapolitan, al taglio – but not Blue Velvet. Two distinct styles with different preparations are served up here. Both are equally worthwhile. There’s the alla palla pizzas – large, thick and rectangular. The autolisi pizzas are more typical, but just as good. But there’s much more than pizza on offer; The Pastry Lab is worth its own visit. Many of the pastries here are made with vegan-friendly ingredients in place of butter, eggs and milk (although you wouldn’t be able to tell). Pizza and pastries under the one roof may seem like an odd choice, but we’re not complaining.

70 Henley Beach Road, Mile End

Aces Pizza and Liquor

This new Italian bistro has an old soul. That’s thanks to the hearty portions, the red, white and green colour palette and the borderline cheesy neon signs. With pizza names such as Legalize Marinara and Napoli Dynamite, Aces gives off the impression that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. That’s not the case. Duncan Welgemoed (of Africola fame) is executive chef here, and he’s designed a menu that impressively tiptoes the line between home-style comfort food and cheffy flair. All pizzas and pastas are 20 bucks, there are great weekly specials and the drinks list is fun and approachable.

61-63 Grote Street, Adelaide
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