Jacqui Lim’s South Australian restaurant adventures

Jacqui Lim, co-owner of award-winning Soi 38, shares her food adventures on Instagram @jacquisfoodfetish. She shares with FIFTY+SA her latest picks.

Jacqui Lim is a passionate, active advocate of the food and wine industry. Besides eating and drinking a lot, she sees her role to be connecting people with, and through, good food whether it be organising food and wine events, sharing her experiences on Instagram @jacquisfoodfetish, recommending restaurants or simply bringing friends together to enjoy a meal.

Icarus Wine Bar

Share plates $10 – $85, Tasting menu $80pp

Icarus is a new food-led wine bar in Peel Street with a classy interior and Southern European-inspired share plates cooked over charcoal. The menu features a selection of fine meat and seafood like Hahndorf Venison, Kangaroo Island scallops and Nomad Farms chicken, but there’s also a number of good vego options. Lots of seating areas – choose table, counter or plush booths. Definitely worth checking out.

23 Peel St, Adelaide


Soi 38

Snacks $15 – $24, Mains $29 – $41, Tasting menus $65 or $85pp

Yes, I’m a co-owner but it would be remiss of me not to include the popular Soi 38 with its authentic regional, seasonal Thai menu using quality local produce. Executive Chef Terry Intarakhamhaeng is the master of flavour, gathering recipes from across remote parts of Thailand, ethnic minority groups, hill tribes, historical records and family. Knowledgeable service and an excellent well-priced wine list. Not just your average Thai restaurant.

74 Pirie Street, Adelaide



Entrees $16 – $26, Mains $34 – $65, Tasting menus $65 or $85pp

It’s tapas-style small and large share plates and great service at the new Ela at Hotel Alba on South Terrace. The menu is inspired by the Mediterranean coast with dishes ranging from octopus carpaccio to a wonderful porchetta, and the focus is on locally sourced produce. There’s also a separate bar and a private dining room. And of course, you can always stay overnight and wake up to an excellent breakfast. 

Hotel Alba, 226 South Terrace, Adelaide


Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard

Two course $68, Three course $85, Tasting menu $105

This destination winery restaurant 35 minutes from Adelaide never disappoints, with a new menu each month by Head Chef Jesse White. Here it’s about provenance, seasonality, sustainability and award-winning wines – oh, and let’s not forget the breathtaking view! On a nice day, sit on the wide timber deck and for cooler days, enjoy the open fireplace. Open daily for lunch, and dinner every first Friday of the month.

166 Harris Road, Lenswood



Entrees $28 – $32, Pasta and mains $36 – $80 Tasting menus $78 or $95pp

This recently renovated stylish family restaurant and bar has, for decades, been synonymous with fine food and service. Here, you’re always made to feel welcome. Sit inside or there’s all-weather al fresco seating and private dining rooms upstairs. Enjoy a menu of traditional Italian flavours with modern interpretations. From super-fresh seafood to pastas, rabbit and veal, dishes are perfect for sharing… or not.

160 Hutt Street, Adelaide


Follow @jacquisfoodfetish for more insights into the dining plates of Australia’s best restaurant.

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