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Best New Restaurants In Adelaide Your Personal Trainer Will Hate

Best New Restaurants In Adelaide Your Personal Trainer Will Hate

Why settle for the same old (like your grandma’s meatloaf) when there are new restos in town popping up by the minute like TikTok trends?

While some cities are stuck in a culinary dark age, new restaurants like Trak to Kiin are further cementing Adelaide’s reputation as a world-class foodie destination. And unlike your typical clickbait resto, they aren’t all Instagram hype.

So, like the ever-hungry foodies that we are, we hit the streets on a quest for the next big thing. You’ll find what we found below, along with a few tips that are as essential as fries on a burger.


Address: 73 Angas St

Contact Details: (08) 8448 1221

Operating Hours:

  • Mon – Closed
  • Tue – 5 pm to 10 pm
  • Wed – 12 pm to 10 pm
  • Thu – 12 pm to 9 pm
  • Fri to Sat – 12 pm to 10 pm
  • Sun – Closed


Decked out in earthy tones and cushy fabrics, Kiin gives a major “home away from home” feel while serving modern Asian bites cooked using Western techniques.

We picked their massaman mushroom arancini with a zesty kick, curried fish toast bringing the crunch, and a red curry cheeseburger—7 to 15-buck plates epitomizing their fusion cooking style.

To drink, the limoncello spritz is the standout, along with Aphelion’s grenache. But if you’re game to try a new concoction, try the Senor Boon-Nam with Sichuan pepper, Thai basil, strawberry oleo, and more—a perfect mix of sugary and fiery flavors.

Tip: From seasonal cocktails to happy hour deals, Kiin doesn’t run out of events. Check what they’re cooking here.


Address: 375 Greenhill Rd, Toorak Gardens

Contact Details: 0429 037 928

Operating Hours:

  • Mon to Tue – Closed
  • Wed – 6 pm to 10:30 pm
  • Thu – Closed
  • Fri to Sat – 12 pm to 11 pm
  • Sun – Closed


Trak’s mellow slice of suburbia and exquisite, health-conscious Mediterranean cuisine give the resto a distinctive edge. A bit of history adds to its pull, as it’s housed in the iconic TRAK cinema, hence the name.

Their Smoky Bay oysters set our mood. They’re best followed by chargrilled octopus, paired perfectly with whipped cannellini beans.

Our vegetarian teammates also wolfed down their iceberg salad with gusto. They raved about the bowl’s addition of pickled zucchini, clementine, and goat curd.

Tip: Remember that if you’re rolling with a group of 8 or more, you can dine on their shared set menu at $85 per person. This includes 3 savory courses and a dessert.

Tiki’s Thai Cuisine

Address: 292 Military Rd, Semaphore Park

Contact Details: 0452 109 775

Operating Hours:

  • Mon – Closed
  • Tue to Sun – 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm


Whether you booked for a passion-filled dinner or a chill-out session with the crew, Tiki’s Instagrammable interior, blooming foliage, and traditional Thai fare won’t disappoint.

For appetizers, relish their vegetable spring rolls, drenched in a well-seasoned sweet and spicy sauce. You should then carry on by savoring Tiki’s specialty tom yum soup, oozing with the flavors of aromatics and your choice of protein, seafood, or greens.

Other must-try servings come from their ‘From the Wok’ and ‘Chef’s Specials’ selections, with headliners like stir-fried prawns, tamarind duck, and deep-fried barramundi with a curry sauce twist.

Tip: Those gunning for a feel-good fete should consider Tiki’s homely spaces.

Hotpot Commune 

Address: 1/466 Greenhill Rd, Linden Park

Contact Details: (08) 8379 6888

Operating Hours:

  • Mon – Closed
  • Tue to Thu – 12 pm to 2 pm, 5 pm to 9 pm
  • Fri to Sat – 12 pm to 2 pm, 5 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Sun – 12 pm to 2 pm, 5 pm to 9 pm


At Hotpot Commune, you’re the master of your bowl. Whether you’re craving the heat of Szechuan soup or the umami-rich kick of Malaysian laksa, this communal, sun-kissed spot is pure broth bliss—unless you’re a sad soul who hates soup.

In addition, the ingredients you’ll drop to the red-hot stoves, from the meat to the greens, are prepared in-house. This ensures top quality and freshness hard to find in typical hot pots where the toppings are a literal hot mess.

Its child-friendly deals attract families, too. For instance, there’s a 300-gram minimum for the toppings, but tiny tots are exempted from this rule.

Tip: First-timers should pay attention to the recommended cooking times for each ingredient. Based on our experience, thinly sliced meats and seafood cook quickly, while denser items like root vegetables take longer.

A Prayer for the Wild at Heart

Address: 44 Hurtle Square

Contact Details: (08) 7221 2249

Operating Hours:

  • Mon – Closed
  • Tue – 7 am to 4 pm
  • Wed – 7 am to 10 pm
  • Thu – Closed
  • Fri – 7 am to 10 pm
  • Sat to Sun – 8 am to 10 pm


Devotees of My Kingdom for a Horse are in for a treat with the eclectic and global menu offerings at its sister venue, A Prayer for the Wild Heart.

The sunlit hours here are dominated by brunch grub, with bites like crepes, blue crab fritters, and duck liver parfait topping the tables.

For dinner, ratatouille (remember that Pixar film?) encased in heirloom zucchini and slow-roasted, spiced lamb shoulder take the cake. And when it comes to sweetening the deal, it’s a toss-up between the chocolate parfait and mixed sorbet coupe.

Tip: Looking for food-based shindigs like cheese-tasting or French cooking workshops? Check out A Prayer for the Wild at Heart’s upcoming events.


Address: 21/23 O’Connell St, North Adelaide

Contact Details: (08) 8267 5975

Operating Hours: Daily – 11:30 am to 12 am


Byblos perfectly captures Lebanon’s tangy and savory flavors with the added flair of contemporary cooking techniques.

The lahme, a plate of char-grilled skewers and chips drizzled in hummus, is one of the showstoppers. 

For seafood enjoyers, there’s the samki harra, oven-baked fish filet sizzling with a fiery tahini sauce that you might want to avoid if you’re not used to the heat.

As for refreshments, beers, whisky, and vodka are the usual options. But if you want an authentic Lebanese dining experience, opt for the arak, a colorless, traditional Middle Eastern distilled spirit with a highly herby, licorice-like taste.

Tip: You can save precious seconds by ordering online.

Thanks to Theo

Address: 6 East Terrace

Contact Details: 0455 309 930

Operating Hours:

  • Mon to Tue – Closed
  • Wed to Thu – 5:30 pm to 10 pm
  • Fri to Sat – 5:30 pm to 11 pm
  • Sun – Closed


Thanks to Theo, named in honor of the legendary Theo Xenophou, offers a Greek and Cypriot food extravaganza right in the buzzing city center.

The first things you’ll smell and see here are homemade pita bread, fried eggplant with beef ragu, and lamb cutlets covered in thick lamb jus.

In terms of desserts, the prized picks are the macadamia baklava doubling as an ice cream sandwich and our favorite diet-breaker, cream kataifi, a treat boasting a sweetened filling that’s flavored by ingredients like vanilla and orange blossom water.

Tip: Call Thanks to Theo’s number above if you need a caterer.

Paper Tiger

Address: 285 Rundle St

Contact Details: 0429 455 357

Operating Hours:

  • Mon to Thu – 5 pm to 10 pm
  • Fri to Sat – 12 pm to 11 pm
  • Sun – 5 pm to 10 pm


From the hanging lanterns and tropical cocktails to the Szechuan-inspired beef tartare, Paper Tiger is a wood-accented piece of Asia in the CBD.

Their chefs dish out timeless pork and prawn dumplings, crackling wings glazed in a flaming sauce, and bold soft-shelled crabs cooked Singapore-style.

If you only drive for the mains, the essential orders are the eggplant and jackfruit-filled yellow curry and the stir-fried pork belly service with sambal, a chili pepper condiment.

Tip: Paper Tiger is one of the city’s busiest spots. Don’t forget to book online to skip the queue.


Address: 38 Rosina St

Contact Details: 0477 833 378

Operating Hours:

  • Mon to Thu – 5 pm to 10 pm
  • Fri – 12 pm to 11 pm
  • Sat – 5 pm to 11 pm
  • Sun – Closed


Our squad is crazy about Spanish cuisine, so getting hooked on Niña’s taste of España isn’t out of the blue for us.

We’re head over heels with their char-grilled octopus soaked in romesco sauce, but the chorizo croqueta laden with smoked aioli comes close. Our team also doesn’t leave without indulging in their caramelized and velvety Basque cheesecake.

As for the bevvies, wines will always be numero uno here, with a diverse bottle list of local and foreign vino. 

You may also opt for Spanish beers and cocktails if they’re your jam. Just remember that the ones they pour pack a punch.

Tip: For parties of 10 or more, reach out to [email protected] for personalized arrangements.

Good Burger

Address: 588 Goodwood Rd, Daw Park

Operating Hours:

  • Mon – Closed
  • Tue to Thu – 12 pm to 2:30 pm, 5 pm to 10 pm
  • Fri to Sat – 12 pm to 12 am
  • Sun – 12 pm to 10 pm


Good Burger’s name might be the understatement of the year. This spot is highly rated for several reasons—mostly due to their classic and creative burgers, which cater to almost all diet types.

For example, there’s the eponymous Good Burger, a stack of double-smashed beef patty, cheese, and veggies with gluten-free and vegetarian variants. Another must-have is Old Blue, flexing the same patty but with a caramelized onion and pancetta twist.

If you aren’t drooling for burgers, there are chicken wings, prawn rolls, Philly cheese fries, and poutine. Drinks flow freely, too—think wines, gin, rum, cocktails, and spiked sodas.

Tip: Keep an eye out for any daily or seasonal specials that Good Burger may offer. You can stay in the loop by checking their homepage or Instagram.


Address: 86 Pirie St

Contact Details: (08) 7008 0299

Operating Hours:

  • Mon to Wed – 11:30 am to 11 pm
  • Thu – 5:30 pm to 11 pm
  • Fri – 11:30 am to 11 pm
  • Sat – 11:30 am to 11:30 pm
  • Sun – Closed


When we’re torn between Moroccan, Spanish, or Greek flavors, Olive is often the answer. This chic-meet-rustic restaurant’s fusion of flavors is impeccable, with beloved staples and contemporary offerings.

Our team regularly kicks off with rosemary focaccia complemented by a brown butter hummus or the kingfish crudo glistening with blood orange oil. But for a slice of home with a spin, there’s the Coorong mullet in Sicilian olive and almond salsa.

After-dinner delights make things sweeter, literally, especially with treats such as coconut sorbet and limoncello tiramisu.

Tip: If you plan to bring your own cake, please note that there is a cakeage fee of $5 per person.

ODÉ Bistro

Address: 151 O’Connell St, North Adelaide

Contact Details: 0408 276 198

Operating Hours:

  • Mon to Tue – Closed
  • Wed to Thu – 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Fri – 5 pm to 10 pm
  • Sat – 12 pm to 3 pm, 5 pm to 10 pm
  • Sun – 12 pm to 3 pm


With its globe-trotting catalog, dark and moody interior, and terroir-driven wines, ODÉ Bistro brings a dash of universal flavors and elegance to North Adelaide’s dining scene. French, Spanish, modern Asian—you name it, they dish it.

Foodies drooling for snacks will have a field day with ODÉ’s raw oysters dressed with Chardonnay mignonette or their flamed shallot pancakes with Szechuan peppercorn.

For those who came for heavy-hitting servings, the premium selections are pepper-crusted beef brisket and roasted half-chicken with prosciutto.

Tip: Call ODÉ’s number if you’re dining with a large group, as they can give you exclusive offers and experiences.

Milky Lane Adelaide

Address: 272 Rundle St

Contact Details: 0430 399 272

Operating Hours:

  • Mon to Thu – 12 pm to 9 pm
  • Fri to Sat – 11 am to 12 am
  • Sun – 11 am to 9 pm


Teeming with bright colors and even brighter stars, the likes of Rihanna and Kanye West (in mural form), Milky Lane is an invigorating, Hollywood-themed haunt for burger, cocktail, and dessert aficionados.

Swing by, and you’re in for a high-caloric and flavor-fuelled affair with $15 to $25 double-smashed burgers, Southern fried chicken, crispy loaded fries, and bacon platters.

You might also need to hit the gym twice as hard tomorrow with their desserts. The crowd-pleaser is the skillet of Biscoff-coated cookies, but you’ll have alternatives like Nutella pancakes, donut churro fries, and vanilla ice cream.

Tip: Check their ever-changing monthly special menu.
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