Your Guide to the East End’s Food + Bar Scene


Adelaide’s hip, city central strip, Rundle Street East, is showing off some new, trendy and recently revamped hotspots. We weaved our way through the hidden pathways and discovered some incredible locales to sip, dine and delight all your senses.

Restaurant Blackwood · 285 Rundle Street

restaurant blackwood - rundle street eastrestaurant blackwood - rundle street eastBlackwood offers that catch-up-with-friends vibe. Whether it’s a cocktail or an all-night feast, you’ll feel right at home amongst the eatery’s shared plate menu and hands-on mantra. New Head Chef, Elliot Vials, has maintained the location’s use of native ingredients, intent on keeping the dishes as simple as possible to reflect the quality of the produce.

Whilst there, we got a taste of the mouth-watering Lamb Shoulder. Cooked over charcoal for six hours, smoked with eucalyptus and drizzled with a native black pepper sauce every half an hour, the slow-cooked beauty is tantalisingly tender with a sweet soy base. The sauce on the side is made from the drippings of the lamb and is emulsified with butter and crème fraiche. The accompanying green beans share the menu’s main ingredients – onion, garlic and chilli. The XO sauce changes with what’s in season, this one utilised red berries and native currants. The plate is no easy feat and can be shared amongst two or three friends. If lamb is not your cut, try a tailored steak experience. From 300g to 1.5kgs in varying cuts and ages, meat lovers rejoice!

Exchange Specialty Coffee · 12/18 Vardon Avenue

P1050681-2P1050713-2The ever-popular East End café, Exchange Specialty Coffee, has had a little re-vamp. Still offering the same unbeatable coffee pours, delicious eats and kick-ass customer service, you can now find a few more spots to sit at the not-so-tucked-away establishment. Having cemented its place in Vardon Avenue’s booming precinct, it was time to expand and cater for all the love this hotspot receives. With a fully-equipped kitchen, large open counter, lofty floor to ceiling glass windows and relaxed seating, we’re excited to welcome back a new and improved Exchange Coffee.

Iberia · 279 Rundle Street

17103642_427536174262557_8910098624165834653_nP1050215 lowIberia is the new fella on the strip! A two-level Spanish-inspired restaurant and bar sitting smack bang in the middle of Rundle Street’s East End. It offers all the swanky vibes you’d expect from this neck of the woods with all eyes on the delicious cuisine of the Iberian Peninsula. For a sustainable way of cooking, Head Chef Andrew Douglas utilises all locally-grown ingredients from Iberia’s own kitchen garden in Balhannah, producing a delicious menu packed full of Spanish flavour. The beverage list also stems from Iberian roots with local Australian sips too. With dining upstairs and the watering hole below, you can see bar-goers sprawled out onto the footpath with outdoor seating a must. With the team behind Exchange Specialty Coffee heading up this new addition, we wouldn’t expect anything short of hospitality excellence. Doors opened February ’17.

Felici Espresso Bar · 261 Rundle Street

feliciP1040859-lowA cup of coffee with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent.

Felici means happiness and the owners and employees aim to make all their customers feel the good vibes. The go-to spot for local shoppers, busy workers and eager passersby, at Felici you can expect your breakfast, brunch or lunch to be served with a top-notch brew and a friendly smile. From toasted focaccias, fresh wraps and selections for the sweet tooth, you’ll also be spoilt with their wide range of vegetarian and gluten-free options. The chic and sophisticated fit-out caters for a cosy table for two or an open chat down the long central high bar. Time well spent!

Stag Hotel · 299 Rundle Street

stag hotelstag hotel - sa style magazine -photo megan vooP1040659lowHaving undergone one incredible reno, it’s safe to say The Stag is BACK and re-securing its place as Rundle’s reigning king. Now showing off quirky coloured furnishings, patterned wallpaper and luxe cool copper piping, the alluring space ushers foot traffic inside with its multiple street entrances. With the removal of the upstairs nightclub, the hotel is also now seen as one of Adelaide’s most sought-after function venues. Whether you’re there for a feed or a drink in the city, the views from the upstairs balcony just can’t be beat.

With Head Chef Daniel Del Rio and Manager Robby Lippett at the helm, the hotel’s new menu and extensive wine list perfectly completes the stylish interior. With a twist on the classics, the offerings include pub staples, speciality dishes with a satisfying selection of lighter plates. The Head Chef’s Mexican background encourages the menu’s shared vibe, there’s something for everyone and trust us, not one bite skimps on flavour. If you love the favourites, try The Stag Burger or Salt & Lemon Peppered Squid. For something more decadent, the Pork Belly is cooked to perfection. For a vegetarian option, the Grain Salad is your top performer. Summer sessions here we come!

top photo | dan evans + iberia internal photo | via facebook, all other photos | Megan Voo

By Laura Prior