Sparrow Kitchen & Bar
Sparrow is no nervous little brown bird − more like a sassy culinary kestrel. Fabulous tapas and creative contemporary mains in a hip O'Connell St nook, with a long marble-topped bar and flowerpot-strewn courtyard for those hot Adelaide nights. The tapas is affordable, the mains less so (but worth every penny).
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Amalfi Pizzeria Ristorante
This Adelaide institution, just off Rundle St, seems perpetually
buzzing with contented diners munching their way through piping hot pizzas and
al dente pasta. It's often difficult to get in, but
hang around because it's worth the wait.
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You'll feel like a local after your first beer at the bar here.
High ceilings, simple seating and spartan walls complement the long bar and wooden floors
which are good for toe-tapping when live tunes are being played. Excellent food options
include Coopers ale beer-battered fish and chips, and Mediterranean lamb cutlets marinated
in oregano and lime. There's a tapas menu on weekends.
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Adelaide's main market, near Victoria Sq, is good value for all
types of food. For fresh meat, including seafood and gourmet poultry, try Angelakis Bros.
Tacked on the market's western end is Chinatown, with a collection of cafés doing fast and
furious trade (especially Friday night) and bursting with contented diners slurping soup
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Ying Chow Chinese Restaurant
Behind the utilitarian décor hides a culinary gem. It's not your
typical Chinese restaurant - rather than ubiquitous Cantonese, the cuisine is styled from
the Guangzhou region and the flavours are delightful. Try the stir-fried crocodile with
snow peas or aniseed tea duck. It gets packed nightly, but it's worth the wait - or you
can grab a takeaway.
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