ADELAIDE | Broccoli. Pretty boring right? Come on, it’s 2021 and time to throw those preconceptions out the door. Case in point. The broccoli that I enjoyed at Leigh Street Wine Room was a highlight of my first lunch in Adelaide during my most recent visit to town.
Since converting the former laundromat into a wine bar in 2019, owners Nathan and Sali Sasi’s venue has become one of the city’s must visit spots. After enjoying a meal and a few wines there on Saturday, it’s easy to see why.
The focus is on small wine makers from near and far, and a modern European food menu with a seasonal, local focus. As much as possible is done in house, including the butchering of meat, and house-made charcuterie, cheese and bread.
The broccoli is barbecued with a wonderful char, topped with broccoli leaf pesto atop almond cream. Sublime. A close second favourite for me is the smoked beef tongue with a herbaceous green sauce, and horseradish. A sweet, salty, charred delight.
I also really enjoyed the refreshing kingfish sashimi with cucumber and dill oil, zesty Oritz anchovy crostini with pickled peppers, and fluffy house foccacia with extra virgin olive oil.
It all paired wonderfully with two wines from newcomer to the South Australian wine scene, Just Enough Wine, who is kicking goals with his first vintage, all named after Radiohead songs.
Brilliant food, fantastic wine, and top notch service (thanks for the banter and wealth of knowledge Jess and Tom). My only regret is that I couldn’t fit in more.
Leigh Street Wine Room
9 Leigh Street
South Australia 5000
Wed – Thu: 5:00pm to 10:30pm
Fri – Sat: 12:00pm to 12:00am
Sun: 1:00pm to 8:00pm