The Summertown Aristologist
In the ‘80s the Adelaide Hills was home to dining institution The Uraidla Aristologist, an innovative restaurant inspired by the traditions of French and Italian cooking and then-radical notions of seasonal, local produce.
These philosophies were revived in 2016 by two Basket Range winemakers and a familiar face on Adelaide’s food scene. Anton van Klopper (Lucy Margaux), Jasper Button (Commune of Buttons) and Aaron Fenwick (Orana, Blackwood) operate the Summertown Aristologist as a cellar door with a community focus.
The recipe is simple: natural wines, humble food and good company. The evolving menu by chef Oliver Edwards is made up of hyperlocal grazing plates with an emphasis on veggies from the kitchen garden and sustainably caught seafood. Starters of smallgoods and sourdough (plus the butter) are all made in-house.
The crockery and glassware are handmade, too. Look up for the light shades, which were crafted by glass artist Mandi King from repurposed demijohns. A Berkel meat slicer and a vintage, lever-operated espresso machine complete the interior. Head downstairs to the cellar, where you can select your own wine from a hefty line-up of local and international producers.