Best Places for a Long Lunch in South Australia

best places for a long lunch in south australia

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There’s nothing that spells summer more than a long lunch on the long-awaited weekend. Luckily enough, South Australia is one of the best places in the world to do it. Drop into the Clare Valley for a bike ride, go wine tasting in the Barossa or pick some figs and strawberries in the Adelaide Hills while you’re up in the region! Explore, then eat your way into bliss at any of the amazing South Australian restaurants. Not only is it about the word-class food, but it’s the wine and atmosphere that will have you staying for hours and hours.

The Lane Vineyard, Adelaide Hills

Visit the Hills’ most contemporary cellar door with a killer view, just 25 minutes from the city. The Lane Vineyard dining room with its glass walls is the perfect spot to dine in comfort and complete relaxation, especially on those scorcher summer days – enjoy the sun without the burn. The food is as modern as the decor, plated with meticulous presentation and tastes as delicious as it looks. Dine on their “let us feed you” menu, a delicious share-style combination of their best dishes, or choose from 2 or 3 course menus. Don’t miss out on their Kingfish ceviche, cured in ruby grapefruit, with avocado and freeze dried mandarin, or their lamb breast, with fried sweetbreads and goats curd. For dessert, try the caramelised white chocolate, banana, honeyed ganache, yoghurt option. The Lane Vineyard Rosé is also bound to go down a treat. Remember to book in advance as they can fill up pretty quickly in the busy season.

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Coriole Vineyards, McLaren Vale

Coriole are known for hosting great events, but their restaurant’s “Feed Me” option is a showstopper for a fantastic lunch to share. Trust the chef to send you their best plates at $70pp, and prepare to get your money’s worth. Utilising seasonal produce and sending out their most creative dishes, the kitchen also loves to get innovative and can impressively accommodate any dietary requirements you might have. Dine on their seasonal menu – must trys are their whipped Woodside chevre with Willunga beetroot, cocoa nib crumble and smoked beetroot ketchup and their poached quail breast with estate grown asparagus, peas, tarragon and confit leg.

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D’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant, McLaren Vale

Enjoy the valley views and the decadence of this casual but refined dining experience. You’ll have plenty of exciting dishes to choose from with the extensive a la carte menu, but if you’re really after the full experience, put your taste buds in good hands and opt for the degustation. The lobster medallion with blue swimmer crab, prawn ravioli and lobster bisque is a seafood lover’s dream, and don’t forget the slow braised kangaroo tail with cauliflower puree – this summer menu is designed to wow your senses.

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Magill Estate Kitchen, Penfold Road

Nothing makes a long lunch like tranquil atmosphere. At Magill Estate Kitchen you’ll be able to dine with all the time in the world. Sitting on the foothills of Adelaide, the Estate is a lovely place to spend any afternoon. Sit in the glass-walled dining room and enjoy the finer details of their dining experience with smaller and larger plates or simply opt for their $75pp tasting menu for the chef’s selection of seasonal dishes. Their menu also takes the guesswork out of wine selection, with sommelier suggestions for each dish under every menu item. So sit back, sip on that shiraz and let the day melt away.

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