Perched in the prime spot that marries the hustle and bustle of city life with its quieter suburban feel thanks to being on the edge of the city is Arbour Kitchen on Wright Street. Since mid-2018, it has and continues to be "unashamedly South Australian", by aiming to offer their patrons with delicious options of food and drink that are all sourced from all across our vibrant state.
Walk into Arbour Kitchen and you'll be welcomed with an abundance of natural light that seeps through their floor-to-wall windows and illuminates every nook and cranny of this gorgeous architectural delight. The open-plan layout that can seat up to 95 people at a time has been carefully designed to offer their customers with a lovely balance of socialization and intimacy, through communal tables and booth-style seatings. Nailing the look and feel of a concrete jungle, the space is saturated with lush greenery and plants that make the space feel fresh, cozy, and inviting for small and large groups alike.
So, what makes Arbour Kitchen "unashamedly South Australian"? It's a simple concept, really - if it's not South Australian, it's not on the menu. With a strong focus on supporting our local suppliers and producers, Arbour Kitchen works towards delivering a quality experience that ranges from their seafood to their meats to their plant-based dishes. From Clare Valley eggs to Hahndorf bacon to Kangaroo Island honey ice cream and, of course, fresh fruits and vegetables, the dishes at Arbour Kitchen stay on trend with what's in season and brings together a mix of ingredients to create something that may be simple in presentation but mind-blowing in flavour.
With the warmer weather rolling in and keeping in line with what's available and in season, Arbour Kitchen's menu has had an exciting revamp and is currently offering a range of burgers, pastas, and salads that combine unique flavours to excite the tastebuds.
For burgers, there is a variety of options, such as the buttermilk fried chicken that comes with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, caramelized onions, and sriracha aioli and an eggplant schnitzel burger, which is a vegan-friendly option that comes with baby spinach, tomato, caramelized onion, and vegan kewpie. Each burger is served on a brioche bun and with a side of chips, so for their price point ranging from $17 - $21, you get a meal that will satisfy your belly to the fullest.
Some other notable burgers that we tried included the Wagyu beef burger, which comes with homemade pickles, tomato relish, wild rocket, mustard, smoked aioli, and cheese. This is a feel-good burger that presented with tender and juicy meat, which was complemented well by the condiments.
We also had the Yiros burger, which has lamb breast, tzatziki, lettuce, and tabouli. I never thought of combining the elements of a yiros and a burger into one, because I didn't think it would work. Luckily, Arbour Kitchen proved me wrong with such a delightful dish that was oozing with flavour. The lamb presented with a subtle smoky flavour, which worked beautifully with the coolness of the tzatziki. The tabouli was my favourite part of this dish, although I could have tabouli all day long, so perhaps I'm biased, but either way, this was an all-rounder of a dish.
If you're looking for more options that are bursting with healthy ingredients whilst retaining flavour, there are wholesome salads that will make you want to become friends with one (or some!). Ranging from $16 - $19, these options are affordable and can also be enjoyed between two people, because the portions are massive!
We were introduced to some of the salads on offer. First up - we had the Mexican salad, which was served with corn chips, black beans, coriander leaves, corn kernels, tomatoes, mixed leaf, and chipotle dressing. As someone who eats Mexican almost on the daily, I found this salad to be extremely hearty. While I'm not big on eating salads (mostly because I can never finish them!), this polished up in no time. The generous scoop of guacamole was an added bonus that added to the diversity of this healthy meal.
Next, we tried the soba noodle salad, which is served with seared beef, Asian slaw, peanuts, crispy shallots, and topped with a drizzle of teriyaki dressing. An ideal dish for the cooler days, the soba noodle was enjoyable and surprisingly filling. The meat was cooked to present with a melt-in-your-mouth texture that complemented the crunchiness of the peanuts and shallots. The teriyaki dressing gave a tangy kick to the dish.
We also tried the Vegan chicken Caesar salad, which brought together the flavours of crispy soy nuggets, mixed leaves, sundried tomatoes, cucumber, candied walnuts, vegan parmesan, and topped with a drizzle of Caesar dressing. While I may not be Vegan, I was quite surprised by the vegan-friendly options available at Arbour Kitchen and it gave me the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate something new, exciting, and refreshingly flavoursome! This was the first dish I opted for and I was not disappointed - there is so much happening in this dish, but it is not overwhelming and actually combines the flavours effortlessly.
Arbour Kitchen is home to Adelaide's famous vegan breakfast and with the introduction of new vegan-friendly options on their menu, you will be inspired to eat fresh and healthy - whether you follow a plant-based diet or are curious about it!
Vegan chicken Caesar salad (photo by Fatema Sitabkhan)
Accompanying our meals, we were treated to a (perhaps few too many) glasses of scrumptious wines by owner Damon Nagel's wine label Brackenwood Vineyard. Located in beautiful Hope Forest in the Adelaide Hill's sub-region of Kuitpo, this biodynamic vineyard works in harmony with natural ecosystems, practising sustainable production and handpicking grapes in small batches that are then wild-fermented using the vineyard's indigenous yeasts to give Brackenwood wines their distinctive flavour. We were kindly offered samplers of the following:
2018 Riesling - a citrus-heavy wine with lots of fruity and floral notes 2018 Skin Contact Chardonnay - a strong sense of spicy ginger and yellow peach, which is fairly easy on the palate 2018 Gamay-Pinot Noir - lots of cherry and spice that bring out a sweet taste with the first sip 2017 Barbera - the newest in the range that is perfect to enjoy with almost any meal
Brackenwood range of wines (photo by Fatema Sitabkhan)
If you're looking to visit Arbour Kitchen this weekend (November 23, 2019), we also need to taco about their upcoming event - Bottomless Taco Saturday. For only $30, you can enjoy a bottomless feast of tacos and a complimentary Sol beer on arrival ($6 beer thereafter). So put on your sombrero and your dancing shoes for a fiesta and a boogie, as you indulge in the yummy options (pictured below).
There are so many wonderful reasons to visit and support Arbour Kitchen. By taking pride in supporting local by sourcing and producing local ingredients for their delicious meals, we can be assured to be treated with nothing but prime quality dishes that are bursting with a vibrant selection of flavours. Additionally, the set-up of the restaurant is aesthetically pleasing and offers a relaxed and calming vibe, thanks to their lush greenery that extends from the floor to the ceiling. The natural light illuminates the space with a bright outlook that makes going to Arbour Kitchen with a small (or) large group thoroughly enjoyable and sociable. Their prime location in the CBD makes it easily accessible via public transport, in addition to enjoying the luxury of free street parking close by. Finally, the customer service is exceptional and they surpass their level of hospitality by catering to your dietary needs by ensuring that you pick something that works best with pleasing your tastebuds.
Arbour Kitchen is located on Wright Street by Whitmore Square and is open 7x days a week for breakfast, brunch, and lunch.
With thanks to Mercy Me Marketing.
Tema was invited as a guest.