The art to Adelaide adventure

For Adelaide-based cook and artist, Poh Ling Yeow, there really is no place like home

standing timber woods and huge rockes in a white-sand beach
  • Jetstar
  • May 2018

Since finding fame as the runner-up on the first season of MasterChef Australia in 2009, Poh Ling Yeow’s career has gone from strength to strength. Poh can lay claim to multiple hit TV series, a string of best-selling cook books and a sideline as a successful artist, a profession which she has seamlessly developed over the last decade, with more than 20 exhibitions under her belt.

Now, in addition to gearing up for the second series of her SBS TV show Poh & Co., airing later this year, Malaysian-born Poh is also focusing on her latest career achievement, the launch of two market stalls in her home town of Adelaide.

As passionate about the city’s vibrant food and arts scene as she is about her own painting and cooking, we asked the creative all-rounder to share her Adelaide top picks.

View of Adelaide City, South Australia
View of Adelaide City, South Australia

Gillberries Cafe

37 Dulwich Avenue, Dulwich

My all-time favourite brekky here is a design-it-yourself fresh juice followed by the French toast with vanilla poached pears and mascarpone. How they get it so light and pillowy has eluded me for years, but I guess that’s what makes it so magic every time.

Eckersley’s Art & Craft

18 King William Street, Adelaide

I’ve been going here for my art supplies since I was a student. It’s the best feeling to go in and load up with paints and brushes. When it comes to actually painting, I’m very much about doing it in my home studio. I find it difficult to concentrate if I’m making art in unfamiliar surroundings.

Hill Smith Gallery

113 Pirie Street, Adelaide

Hill Smith Gallery holds a special place in my heart because [director] Sam Hill-Smith gave me my first break 14 years ago and they’ve represented me ever since. I feel very privileged to be among a stable of such accomplished artists.

Entrance to Central Market in Adelaide, South Australia
Entrance to Central Market in Adelaide, South Australia

Hazelwood Park

Davenport Road, Hazelwood Park

This is our fave spot to walk our Scotties, Rhino and Tim. There’s so much wildlife to spot here, which never loses its thrill – beautiful old gum trees, parrots and koalas. We love strolling along the creek, seeing the locals use the public pool, and have made great friends with other dog owners.

Grace Emily Hotel

232 Waymouth Street, Adelaide

I’m not much of a drinker actually, but when I do, I gravitate towards pubs. The Grace Emily Hotel is one I always enjoy. It’s an old Adelaide institution with great live music and art exhibitions crammed into narrow hallways and walls full of kitsch.

Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar

94 Frome Street, Adelaide

The best Italian food in town – my faves are the burrata, bagna cauda and the seasonal carpaccio. I learnt all the fundamentals of Italian cooking from Andre when we went through the first season of MasterChef together.

Port Willunga, South Australia
Port Willunga, South Australia

Jamface by Poh

Central Market, 29, Adelaide

Of course I’m going to favour my own café. I’m so in love with our coffee – made with locally roasted Goat Candy Coffee – and it’s perfect with all our made-from-scratch pastries and sweets. Not many people know that my bestie Sarah and I conceived Jamface back when we were at uni, so it has been decades in the making. My husband Jono and I literally built everything with our own hands, so it’s endearingly lumpy and we’re very attached to it.

Port Willunga Beach

Port Willunga, Adelaide

My favourite outdoor space has to be Port Willunga beach. It has gorgeous sand and water with charming boat caves you can climb into for either shade or a picnic. Art Gallery of South Australia

North Terrace, Adelaide

This is a really special place for me because it’s where I go to remind myself to be unrelenting in pursuing a creative life. Frequently visiting my favourite painting Virgin and Child by Bouguereau is how I learnt – and keep learning – to paint skin.