Adelaide is oft maligned by other Australians as the City of Churches and it is true that we have our fair share of places of worship. The new Adelaide is getting another reputation with both interstate and international tourists. It is becoming known as the City of Restaurants. Adelaide has more restaurants per capita than any other city in Australia and the wide cultural diversity of the locals means that you can get something good to eat, no matter what you are in the mood for.
Right now we have a cavalcade of cultural events going on. The Adelaide Festival brings the best of international performing arts to the city, while the Adelaide Fringe is second only to Edinburgh is size and scope. The Clipsal 500 car racing is on and so is Writer’s Week. I’ll write more about this next week. The point is, despite all the restaurants it is hard to get a table.
Not to worry. I find myself 45 kilometers south of Adelaide in the tiny hamlet of Port Willunga at the nationally famous Star of Greece.
In 1888 an English cargo vessel of this name was wrecked in a storm off the coast. This is how the restaurant gets its name and one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches supplies the view.
With the bright sun reflecting on my sunglasses and warming my neck, I have found the perfect place for lunch.
Today lunch is half shell scallops, smoked duck ham with confit orange and vanilla, followed by King George Whiting in parmesan crumb and a salad of cucumber, avocado, rockmelon (cantaloupe to you) with mint, coriander and mango dressing. To wash it down there is a bottle of 2003 Leo Buring Leonay Riesling on the table.
If I were having the Beef tenderloin, sweetbreads, fennel, bone marrow with leek and thyme puree, I’d be drinking the local Samuel’s Gorge 2009 Shiraz, but I’m not. [I promise you a post on this wonderful winery soon.]
It isn’t just amazing seafood that brings me to this stunning part of the world. Port Willunga is a stone’s throw away from the McLaren Vale and some of the best Shiraz and Grenache Australia has to offer. I had two tastings before lunch and I’ll sneak in one after. Then it’s off to Aldinga Beach for a swim in the surf to clear the head before the drive back to town.
What are you doing today?