“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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Fire x Soi 38

Restaurant

Soi 38’s original site on Pulteney street is now a permanent home for its popular Thai street food stall. Dumplings in green curry sauce, Chiang Mai-inspired hotdogs, plus a couple of Soi 38 favourites star in a pastel-hued space.

54 Pulteney Street, Adelaide

Eleven

Restaurant

This ambitious all-day venue by co-owners Themys Chryssidis and Callum Hann comprises an elegant fine-diner serving contemporary Australian degustations, and an open-air cafe and bar serving upmarket snacks and local wines. Find them both inside a handsome courtyard in the city centre.

11 Waymouth Street, Adelaide

Soi 38

Restaurant

This well-loved Thai restaurant moved to Pirie Street earlier this year. Now, it's better than ever. There's a new open kitchen, a flash front bar and a more adventurous menu of regional Thai dishes. Thanks to the new open kitchen, there are plenty of ringside seats for watching the fire-fuelled action.

74 Pirie Street, Adelaide

Minimono

Restaurant

A ramen and curry bar by one of Adelaide's most prolific restauranteurs, in a clean and sophisticated space on Rundle Street.

182 Rundle Street, Adelaide

Blue Rose

Restaurant

The husband-and-wife duo behind Gondola Gondola plate up a cuisine-crossing menu at this lofty, beachside eatery. Vietnamese beef tartare, a pho pot pie and a Sichuan-Cajun seafood boil, backed by a selection of tropical cocktails.

330 Seaview Road, Henley Beach
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Bowden Cellars

Bar

A permanent bottle shop collaboration between two long-time roving brands, Adelaide Wine Markets Caro Club, inside Bowden's Plant 3 development. Visit this lofty, open-plan space for small-batch Aussie vino paired with American-style drinking food.

Plant 3 Red Shed Lane, Bowden

Lai's Pantry

Restaurant

One of Adelaide's best-loved Malaysian joints gets a second iteration in the suburbs. Visit for home-style Hainanese chicken rice, laksas, smoky char kway teow, and nasi lemak with fried chicken.

3 270 Hanson Road, Mansfield Park

Restaurant Botanic

Restaurant

The rebranded Restaurant Botanic features 12 different menus (to cater to different diets) that draw from the surrounding gardens. Plus, a cocktail list featuring a koji Old Fashioned, wattleseed Espresso Martini and a “Chef’s Negroni” with mezcal, whiskey and Campari.

Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide

Bowden Brewing Company

Bar

The Nola team’s long-awaited Bowden brewpub is a 14-tap bar pouring easy-drinking ales, seasonal sours and big and bitter IPAs. Plus, there's a menu of tacos, tostadas and other “untraditional” Mexican-inspired snacks.

12 Fourth Street, Bowden

The Scenic

Bar

This Adelaide Hills jewel may look vintage from the outside, but its dizzying lo-fi wine list and inventive pub grub have the makings of a modern classic. At night, the festooned beer garden offers cracking views of the city lights.

Old Norton Summit Road, Norton Summit

Fugazzi Bar & Dining Room

Restaurant

It’s all about decadent dining at this New York-Style Italian Restaurant. Riffs on traditional dishes include “Roman Vegemite” soldiers, lasagne pizza and steak frites with Italian bearnaise. Settle into one of the intimate booths or get a ringside seat at the striking marble bar.

27 Leigh Street, Adelaide
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Motherlode Nuggeteria

Restaurant

This well-known pop-up has finally settled into permanent digs of its own. And it's brought all of its beloved loaded nuggets and fried chicken sandwiches with it. And it's licensed, too, so you can enjoy your nuggets with some cocktails in a space inspired by New York City's bodegas. Motherlode Nuggeteria opens on October 9.

142 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Daughter in Law

Restaurant

At this colourful pan-Indian restaurant, you'll find long-time chef and restaurateur Jessi Singh's take self-described "unauthentic" Indian cuisine. There are naan pizzas, tandoor-fired dishes, Indian-inspired cocktails and a roving champagne and whisky trolley.

290 Rundle Street, Adelaide

Cocina Comida

Restaurant

This pared-back Mexican eatery has an entirely plant-based menu. Expect tacos filled with vegan chorizo, chicken, beef and pork; charred corn with a chilli-lime seasoning; and spicy guacamole with jalapenos and pico de gallo.

4 205 Pirie Street, Adelaide