If you're an Adelaide foodie who loves trying new things, then 2011 has been a good year. While plenty of local oldies have been serving up delicious meals and doling out great service, we want to focus on some of the new faces carving their way through the Adelaide food scene.
We're loving the inspiration coming from all over the world, as street food from China, the USA, and Malaysia have helped fill us up this year. If you have a sweet tooth, then you would have also noticed that 2011 has seen more dessert bars popping up all over the city, as some of our favourites expand, these new names are joining the list of late night venues.
So take a look at some of our favourites from 2011, but let us know in the comments if you know any other new businesses that are serving up tasty food and really deserve an honourable mention.
If there is one name that has been on everybody's lips this year, it's Burger Theory. They started slowly on the scene, popping up at various events and hanging out at the roller derby, but once word started to spread it wasn't uncommon to find a sprawling line out the front of their much loved food truck, Pearl.
Burger Theory get their inspiration from the food truck scene in the US, but their focus on local ingredients keeps them firmly planted in Adelaide. Their menu is pretty small, you'll find two burgers and two vegetarian burritos, but the best thing is that they're always experimenting with new menu options. You never quite know what you might find. Joining their menu on occasion has been their mouth-watering pulled-pork burger, the tangy lamb burger, their shoestring fries, and of course the chocolate chip cookies sprinkled with just a bit of salt.
The best way to track them down is to follow them on Facebook or Twitter. You'll be updated of their next location, and you will be able to see if any new additions will be joining the menu. They've been taking part in Summer Fridays in the East End, where you can find another portable favourite, Le Waffle.
Word on the street is that 2012 will see them aim to reduce line times, so that even more people are munching on Burger Theory burgers.
Adelaide's Two New Dessert Bars
Photo: Devour Dessert Bar Facebook Page
Seasoned dessert bars like Spats, Sugarbowl and Eggless have all been around for a while, but it seems 2011 was dessert season with some new names joined the ranks. Devour Dessert Bar and Aviary Dessert Kitchen both opened their doors in 2011 and Adelaide sweet tooths are making the most of it.
Devour and Aviary both opened earlier in the year, and since then have become two of Adelaide's most popular dessert spots. Both are open late, and have extensive menus to meet any desire. It is hard to choose a favourite between these two, as they both have inspired desserts with always spectacular presentation. We recommend you give them both a go, and why not try them with a big group of friends, that way you get a chance to try everything on their menu.
Photo: Aviary Dessert Kitchen Facebook Page
You'll find Devour up in Prospect and Aviary on the Parade at Norwood. With these two added to the dessert scene you can now indulge in any corner of the city.
We love seeing their new food photos posted on Facebook and are always looking forward to seeing new creations. Perhaps 2012 will see some more dessert bars joining these two for a late night treat.
Bing Boy's Chinese Street Food
2011 has also seen some of Adelaide's food courts get that bit fresher with the addition of Bing Boy. The word 'bing' comes from a delicious Chinese street delicacy, and 'boy' from the phrase 'oh boy!', and this is something to get excited about. Both the Myer Centre food court and the Southern Cross Food Court have gained a Bing Boy this year.
They are made like a crepe, they look like a burrito, and they taste like something completely different. There is really no other way to describe them. You stand and watch while your bing is made fresh in front of you, fillings range from pork, to duck, to chicken and there are distinct Chinese flavours that add a bit of sweetness to the wrap.
They definitely seem like one of the healthier food court options, filled up with lettuce and other vegetables, and leaving you feeling satisfied but not stuffed. There really isn't anything quite like Bing Boy in Adelaide, so we're pretty happy to see them join the ranks of other tasty lunch time options. You'll probably feel a lot better after a Bing Boy wrap than you will if you choose to chow down on the $7.90 noodle special round the corner.
It would be nice to see them expand in 2012, so that you can grab one even if you're down in the suburbs.
Mamak Corner's Malaysian Style
Lastly on our best of 2011 list is Mamak Corner, opened in October this year. If you've never heard of a Mamak, it is a type of stall in Malaysia that serve up a tasty range of curries and more. At Mamak Corner their specialty is roti, choose your flavour and enjoy the crispy bread with a vegetable and fish curry.
Of course there are other dishes to choose from, you can get a full sized curry, or try one of their rice dishes. There are also Malaysian desserts on the menu, including sweet roti served with ice cream.
The food here is cheap, you'll pay around $5.50 for a roti, and one will easily fill you up. They're a welcome face in Adelaide, especially to anyone who has visited or lived in Malaysia, and they're filling a much needed gap in the market. Whether you just want to pop in for a teh tarik, or whether you're after a full meal, Mamak Corner is a quick and easy place to stop.
They're still new, and dishes are still being added to the menu, so we're looking forward to seeing just how Mamak Corner grow in 2012.
Let us know if you've got any other favourite foods from 2011. We can't wait to see who will be calling Adelaide home by the end of 2012.