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Planing a trip to Austalia, i opened a thread about various Australian places, a few weeks ago, but didn't receive any feedback. Maybe my question requested too much reading.
This time i'll limit myself to the humble question: Could anyone recommend some real good restaurants in Adelaide ? Any help is much appreciated.
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We were in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide in Dec-Jan. Here are some suggestions:

Sydney
Tetsuya: we consider this to be one of the best restaurant in the world. It's a must go. Book a reservation early - like at least 3 months early.
Sushi-e: Australia is fantastic for sea food which makes a sushi restaurant a must go if you like Sushi, and this is of the best in Sydney. We sat at the bar and asked the sushi chef to give us a tasting of whatever he thought was best and it was magic!
Fish Face: This is a dive that locals visit and very much the opposite of Sushi-e or Tetsuya in ambiance. It was recommended by locals, it's crowded and sweaty (no A/C) but the food was fantastic.

Melbourne
Vue de Monde: Considered one of the best restaurants in Melbourne but we didn't think it was worth the hype. Food & especially service was very good for a high end restaurant with high end prices that would not be out of place in Manhattan or Paris. I would still recommend it, but don't think QPR by any stretch. It's sometime mentioned as Melbourne's answer to Tetsuya in Sydney. We don't think so.
Flower Drum: A high end Chinese restaurant that is always mentioned as being one of the best restaurant in Melbourne.
Tai Pan Restaurant: Excellent dim sum. A bit out of the way in Doncaster, but worth the trip. While you're in the area, check out Nick's Wine on Doncaster road. They have wines that the bigger chains don't carry, especially older vintages.
The Botanical: Very good modern Aussie cuisine. They have a wine bar and wine store as well. You are allowed to pick a wine from their wine store and take it to the table to drink (there's a small corkage fee). Though the wines at their wine store are more expensive (e.g., compared to Dan Murphy's), it's still cheaper than ordering off the wine list. For example the Penfolds 389 that was on the wine list but it was actually cheaper to buy same from the store and pay the corkage.

Adelaide (including Barossa and McLaren Vale
Peppers The Louise: Not far from Two Hands Wines (if I recall correctly) this restaurant is located in the upscale Marananga hotel. Not outstanding compared to what you can find in Sydney or Melbourne, but pretty good.
d'Arry's Verandah Restaurant: d'Arenberg's wine's restaurant. We went for lunch and it was fantastic and service was very good as well. Advance reservations are highly recommended.
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Originally posted by Stevey:
We were in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide in Dec-Jan. Here are some suggestions:

Sydney
Tetsuya: we consider this to be one of the best restaurant in the world. It's a must go. Book a reservation early - like at least 3 months early.
Sushi-e: Australia is fantastic for sea food which makes a sushi restaurant a must go if you like Sushi, and this is of the best in Sydney. We sat at the bar and asked the sushi chef to give us a tasting of whatever he thought was best and it was magic!
Fish Face: This is a dive that locals visit and very much the opposite of Sushi-e or Tetsuya in ambiance. It was recommended by locals, it's crowded and sweaty (no A/C) but the food was fantastic.

Melbourne
Vue de Monde: Considered one of the best restaurants in Melbourne but we didn't think it was worth the hype. Food & especially service was very good for a high end restaurant with high end prices that would not be out of place in Manhattan or Paris. I would still recommend it, but don't think QPR by any stretch. It's sometime mentioned as Melbourne's answer to Tetsuya in Sydney. We don't think so.
Flower Drum: A high end Chinese restaurant that is always mentioned as being one of the best restaurant in Melbourne.
Tai Pan Restaurant: Excellent dim sum. A bit out of the way in Doncaster, but worth the trip. While you're in the area, check out Nick's Wine on Doncaster road. They have wines that the bigger chains don't carry, especially older vintages.
The Botanical: Very good modern Aussie cuisine. They have a wine bar and wine store as well. You are allowed to pick a wine from their wine store and take it to the table to drink (there's a small corkage fee). Though the wines at their wine store are more expensive (e.g., compared to Dan Murphy's), it's still cheaper than ordering off the wine list. For example the Penfolds 389 that was on the wine list but it was actually cheaper to buy same from the store and pay the corkage.

Adelaide (including Barossa and McLaren Vale
Peppers The Louise: Not far from Two Hands Wines (if I recall correctly) this restaurant is located in the upscale Marananga hotel. Not outstanding compared to what you can find in Sydney or Melbourne, but pretty good.
d'Arry's Verandah Restaurant: d'Arenberg's wine's restaurant. We went for lunch and it was fantastic and service was very good as well. Advance reservations are highly recommended.


Many thanks Stevey! That's exactly the kind of hints i was seeking. It seem's you've had a great time down under, at least from a culinary point of view Wink
Melbourne is very good for restaurants. Adelaide is reasonably good. Any other Australian city you really do need specific recommendations.

In Melbourne and Adelaide you should be able to get by by just wandering around and picking what's interesting to you (you may get burned but the overall standard is high so your chance of picking a bad 'un are pretty low).
Reporting back:
Here are my favourites of the voyage:

#1:
Fee and Me, Launceston, Tasmania, Food 100%, Service 100%.
Best degustation menu of the voyage.
If you ever come to Launceston, by all means try their mushrooms, basically 2 mushrooms sitting on a potato Wink (ok, the potato is stuffed and there is a fantastic tasting sauce). Couldn't imagine a mushroom tasting that good. Easily my gourmet dish of the year.

Places #2 - #4: cannot really decide between the following:
Taxi, Melbourne, the most innovative degustation menu, a mix of Asian and Australian food

Quay, Sydney, 99% perfect degustation menu.

Guillaume at Bennelong, Sydney Opera House, excellent degustation menu, nice wine & spirit list (and people knowing their stuff, 100% for food & wine pairing)

#5
Flower Drum, Melbourne, easily the best chinese restaurant of my life. Awesome degustation menu.
Thanks Stevey for pointing this out.
The dishes are very big, so you'll need a good apetite for this one.
The desssert costs it a better ranking in my top 5 (something like mango icecream with mango in a pancake)

Other nice restaurants:
Jolley's Boathouse, Adelaide
Seagrass Bar & Grill, Melbourne, nice Seafood, nice wine list
Claude's, Sydney, food 95%, service 100%, wines 75%. Ended up with a few strange wine pairings like duck + chablis (for a person drinking only white wine). Asking about the idea, the response was: 'the oilyness of the chablis matches the duck'. I do not quite get it. Interesting food experience anyway.

Also good:
Gauchos, Adelaide (Argentinean)
British Indian, Adelaide, good food, service questionable
Risby Cove, Strahan, Tasmania (fresh seafood)
Chairman and Yip, Canberra, mix of Australian and Asian food

+ many many more. Did not really have a bad dining experience during the trip.
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