There’s nothing we like better than a mouth-watering bar menu to sit alongside our wine and cocktail list… so we’ve rounded up the best the CBD has to offer – perfect for a Friday after work bite.
Here’s what we’re eating at the bar!
PINK MOON SALOON
This timber-clad addition to Leigh St measures less than four metres from wall-to-wall, but there ‘aint nothing small about the flavours being dished up at Pink Moon Saloon. With different wood-fired specials from day-to-day and a kickin’ cocktail list, there’s no surprise it’s one of our favourite west-side haunts. Get your hands on a Pink Moon Club sandwich, and while you might not think there’s anything special about “hot chips”, their Hand cut chips with spiced mayo are in a league of their own.
21 Leigh St, Adelaide / Pinkmoonsaloon.com.au
Bar Torino is the little brother of Hutt St favourite Chianti, but it hasn’t taken long for the newbie to forge its own path, bringing together the best bits of Italian and Spanish cuisine. Our favourites include their reinvention of the traditional Italian Vitello tonato served in a cigar-shaped pastry, and the Korean-style beef cheek toastie with balsamic onion and cheddar cheese. But be sure to watch out for offerings from the charcoal grill on Friday and Saturday nights!
158 Hutt St, Adelaide / Bartorino.com.au
THE TASTING ROOM – EAST END CELLARS
It goes without saying that East End Cellars are an authority in the wonderful world of wine, supplying our favourite local drops as well as hidden gems from abroad. But The Tasting Room allows us to get amongst the hustle and bustle of the east end, with a glass of wine in one hand and some good quality fare in the other. What better way to do that than with a Ploughman’s platter, their own selection of meats and cheeses? And let’s not forget these guys are dishing up one of the best toasties in town… try the Marinated mushroom and smoked scamorza, served with Beerenburg tomato chutney.
23 Vardon Ave, Adelaide / Eastendcellars.com.au/the-tasting-room
A stone’s throw away from The Tasting Room is Mother Vine, the next logical step in your wine tour of the east end… and these guys are just as serious about their wine as they are about their grazing menu. Keep it simple with the Potato tortilla with Manchego, candied hazelnuts, crispy Jamon and romesco sauce, or the zingy Grilled haloumi with fresh herbs and lemon. But if you want to go all out, look no further than the aptly named “Motherboard,” laden with a selection of Marino charcuterie, cheeses, spiced nuts and house-marinated olives.
22–26 Vardon Lane, Adelaide / Mothervine.com.au
It might have been one of the first in Adelaide’s small bar revolution, but Leigh St’s Udaberri continues to kick goals with their pintxos (Basque bar snacks) y vino. With a menu that draws heavily on Spanish influences, it’s the perfect place to get acquainted with some of the classics… our picks are the Patatas bravas, the Semi-cured chorizo with apple cider glaze, and the Baked chevre. But the Sautéed portobello mushrooms with egg yolk brings something new to the table, with its tartare-esque plating and rich flavours.
11–13 Leigh St, Adelaide / Udaberri.com.au