8 new places to check out

Posted on 15 Aug 2019

The city and North Adelaide are forever-evolving melting pots of creative business brains bringing new tastes and experiences to the people. Meet a handful of the new guard who are pushing the boundaries with Mexican-Indian fusions, vintage clothing, alternative baking, inventive cafe spaces and more.

Leigh Street Wine Room

9 Leigh Street, Adelaide

Joining the impressive list of late-night hot spots found on Leigh Street, Leigh Street Wine Room opened its doors this past winter – a much appreciated addition to the popular thoroughfare.

With a name like Leigh Street Wine Room, one can imagine the importance of wine in this venture. Featuring heavily on South Australian, low intervention (natural) wines, the 400 displayed bottles will surely include a drop for everyone. If wine isn’t what you need this spring, Leigh Street Wine Room offers a selection of pre-batch cocktails and beer from boutique Sydney brewery, Wildflower.

The pasta and protein focussed menu – designed by owner Nathan Sasi, previously of NOLA, Yaisou George, and Anchovy Bandit – places emphasis on local, seasonal produce. Even the ceramic dining ware is local, with Adelaide artists commissioned to create the signature settings.

Naancho Naancho Man

3/210 Hutt Street, Adelaide

Mexican Nachos meets Indian Naan at the innovative Naancho Naancho Man. Naanchos are just what you’d think they are: nachos made from naan bread. This crispy naan bread, filled with spiced meats or vegetables, is topped with a creamy tomato sauce and cheddar – Indian cuisines answer to the Mexican staple.

Ragi’s Spicery first created this culinary splice in 2015, when they were devoured by over 100,000 Australians across the country’s festival schedule. Back by popular demand, Naancho Naancho Man is the official, and permanent, home of the Naancho.

Although their name explains their speciality, they’ve got more on their menu – think Naanurgers and Naanuritos.

Where else can you try this culinary splice? Nowhere. That’s reason enough to give Naancho Naancho man a spot on The New Guards list.

Naaz on Pulteney

260 Pulteney Street, Adelaide 

The East End has been further diversified with the addition of Naaz on Pulteney, the newest home of Persian food in the city. Opened by two couples sharing the same passion of Persian cuisine and similar Iranian heritage, Naaz on Pulteney is a truly authentic dining experience.

Heavily influenced by the city of Rasht in the Caspian Sea area, which has been recognised as a Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO, the co-founders of Naaz on Pulteney aim to bring Rasht’s gastronomy to Adelaide. The menu specialises in authentic rice dishes, casseroles, tasting platters, and appetisers meant for sharing.

Being a family-friendly space and having a child-friendly menu, Naaz on Pulteney is an opportunity to experience something uniquely authentic with the whole family.

Nathan Bakes

2/39 Grenfell Street, Adelaide

Specialising in 100 per cent vegan, gluten free, soy free, and delicious baked goods, Nathan Bakes is the city’s newest dessert go-to. Nathan Bakes started selling their alternative cupcakes in the Adelaide Central Markets, so although they are not an entirely new addition to the Adelaide CBD, their new brick-and-mortar space on Grenfell Street features all the aspects of a great café – expansive windows, succulents, and speciality hot beverages, alongside their ever-changing menu of baked goods.

Founder of Nathan Bakes, Nathan (no surprises there), lives by the philosophy that “if its not good enough to be eaten by someone without restrictions, then why is it good enough for anyone else” when it comes to his alternative baking.

If you’re vegan, coeliac, fond of alternative baking, or just looking for something to fix that sweet tooth of yours, stop by Nathan Bakes.

Paloma Bar and Pantry

20 Peel Street, Adelaide

Paloma Bar and Pantry wants to bring the indulgence of the Mediterranean and Southern Europe to the bustling atmosphere of Adelaide’s West End.

Headed by creators of 2KW Rooftop Bar and Restaurant, Palmer Hospitality Group is focussing specifically on the small bar experience for their newest Peel Street venture.

Venue manager Luke Fleming calls upon his extensive practical experience in international drinkeries – think four months in Mexico learning how to distil tequila – to curate the cocktail list at Paloma. The namesake cocktail - made from tequila, gin, house made grapefruit preserve, and prosecco - sets the tone for the innovative take on Mediterranean flavours.

Paloma’s many preserves, pickles, and jams that feature on their bar menu are available to buy from their in-house pantry, so you can take a little piece of Paloma’s Mediterranean experience home with you.

Part Time Lover

Prince Alfred Lane, Adelaide (behind the Adelaide Town Hall)

You may not know Josh Baker by name, but you will certainly know him from his other ventures around town – Baker is the co-founder of Whistle & Flute, Pink Moon Saloon and Clever Little Taylor to name a few. Set to be the new summer hot spot, expect clean architectural lines and copious amounts of glass, stone, and timber.

If Baker’s other endeavours are any indication, we can assume beautifully crafted, gourmet foods, a selection of interesting beverages, and good coffee. With Executive Chef Stewart Wesson and speciality roaster Five Senses Coffee having signed on to Baker’s team, there is no doubt Part Time Lover earns the title of The New Guard.

Stem Bar & Restaurant

188 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Stem Wine Bar is the newest addition to the West End’s bar district. Having opened in late August, the expansive space that is Stem is filled to the brim with industrial style fittings, and of course, wine.

Concrete features heavily throughout the bar, with muted colours of olives and a variety of greys and wooden accents completing the comfortable industrial vibe. Splashes of colour feature in the exposed red brick walls, murals, and the greenery – the whole place is kitted out with a variety of statement plants.

Although there is no set menu theme at Stem, there is a slight Mediterranean vibe thanks to head chef Mike Proud, who was formerly at Adelaide favourite Osteria Oggi. Share plates, Italian influences, pastas made in house, and pizza served from their huge Alforno pizza oven all feature.

Stem will be home to their very own wine room, which is said to be easily accessible to all thanks to their reasonable prices. Their entry level bottle in the wine room is only $5 more than that on the regular wine list, meaning everyone can have the wine room experience without their wallets suffering.

Sustainable Clothing Co

Basement of 34 Hindley Street

Sustainable Clothing Co is the product of owner Laura Vogt’s efforts to make recycling chic. Vogt’s ethical vintage market has found a permanent home on Hindley Street, which offers a new base for the uprise against ‘fast fashion’ and international influence appearing more frequently on the streets of Adelaide.

Pre-loved clothing is at the heart of Sustainable Clothing Co, which can be sold in-store or on consignment. Alongside Nike, Fila, Ralph Lauren, CK, and other 90’s pillar street-wear brands, ethical clothing from Hemp Clothing Australia and future-forward urban wear Whatever 21, a brand that hails from New York, can also be found donning the walls of the Sustainable Clothing Co basement.

Sustainable Clothing Co offers a unique chance to be educated about the impacts of fast fashion and the importance of ethical fashion, while buying a guilt free wardrobe for your spring and summer plans!