Press Food & Wine

12:00pm - 12:00am
40 Waymouth Street Adelaide 5000


dine at the bar
takes reservations
good date place
notable beer list
notable chef
notable cocktails
notable wine list

Pork buns alongside Morcilla (Spanish blood) sausage, mac ‘n’ cheese next to pappardelle – there are no culinary boundaries at Press* Food and Wine, the restaurant from a five-strong team including chef Andrew Davies (ex-Bistro Dom), front-of-house star Sally Davey and restaurateur Simon Kardachi (Proof, Bread and Bone, Maybe Mae, Melt).

It’s a less-than-safe approach, but Press* knows what it’s doing. This potent mix of local and international talent is piled randomly under menu headings such as “raw”, “offal”, “from the wood grill” and “bigger”. Thus, spice-rubbed quail comfortably rubs wings with fresh oysters and a burger, while daikon and green bean salad contrasts with six-hour braised brisket with mac ‘n’ cheese.

Likewise, there's contrast between the dining areas. In the casual downstairs area, you can nab a seat for one against the wall and engage in a bit of people watching. Upstairs is a more intimate white tablecloth atmosphere.

The wine list – another local/international affair – reads like a novel and it’s always changing, so you’d be wise to seek advice from the the clued-up staff.

The beer and spirits lists are slightly easier given explanatory headings such as “malty” and “hoppy”. There’s a particular focus on whisky and gin, including many of the greats: Gabriel Boudier, Hendrick’s and Junipero, to start.