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Published December 26th 2016
Re-fuelling your inner being on The Parade
The Parade, which stretches all the way from the outskirts of the city of Adelaide in an easterly direction as far as the foothills, offers around 50 different restaurants and cafes in its main hub, making it an extremely popular hotspot for locals and visitors.
In an article penned by me about a month ago, I outlined 8 Cafe choices on the Parade. Since there are so many offerings for gastronomy and refreshments in this area, I thought I would outline 8 more for you to perhaps give a try.
Being the third venue of its kind in Adelaide (the other two in Rundle Street, Adelaide and Elizabeth Shopping Centre), the Norwood Schnithouse has only been opened since September 2016.
Housed in a historic ex-Baptist Church, the place certainly has atmosphere and combines brilliant internal decor with al-fresco dining.
As the name suggests, Schnithouse specialises in schnitzels of many varieties, all crumbed and freshly prepared. If you're worried about how the iconic food is prepared, then you'll be pleased to hear they also have a Gluten Free crumb, as well as their classic.
The owners certainly have a sense of humour in their use of some of the menu names and choices including Chicken Schnit, Bull Schnit, Pig in Schnit as well as Deep (Sea) Schnit. There is even a vegetarian option made of eggplant.
Schnithouse offers any meal from the beginning of the day with breakfast right through to late night snacks.
Examples of breakfast treats include a breakfast burger which comprises fried egg, bacon, cheese, BBQ sauce, served with hash browns - a real heart starter for the day for $8.90.
If you like the idea of choosing your own ingredients, there is the Lazy Schnit, which lets you select your base, whether it be beef, pork, seafood, chicken or vegetarian as well as your preferred sauce and all serves come with chips and side salad - all for $19.90.
For movie buffs, there is a movie/dinner deal for $9.90 which includes a gourmet schnitzel meal and one movie ticket.
You can find Schnithouse at 134a The Parade in Norwood. They are usually open from 7.30 am until late 7 days a week.
One of the pubs in Norwood which stands out as a heritage building on the corner of Osmond Terrace and The Parade is the Norwood Hotel, which incorporates both Finn MacCool's, an Irish style pub as well as the Osmond Terrace Function Centre.
The hotel has been around for over 100 years in various formats, however today has been fully renovated and offers a relaxing space for punters to catch up with friends either for a quiet drink or to enjoy some of the fine fare available.
Some of the special dining options available include themed nights, including Schnitzel night on Tuesdays for $14.90, Burger and Beer night on Wednesdays also for $14.90 which includes a beef burger and a pint of your choice, and Steak night on Thursdays for the same price.
Menu prices for mains vary between $19 to $28 per person and one of their Irish signature dishes is Bushmill's Irish Whiskey Lamb Pie, which consists of slow roasted lamb, seasonal vegetables and Irish Whiskey sauce with mashed potato, which will set you back $19.90.
Finn MacCool's are open for lunch from 12 Noon and finish for dinner at 8.30 pm, with all day dining on weekends.
The original Bath Hotel dates back to the 1850's, however unfortunately a fire destroyed it and a re-build occurred in the 1870's/early 1880's. Today the venue offers a fantastic looking heritage building on the outside with modern fit-out consisting of various spaces within, located at 232 The Parade.
From the modern bar with its feature full length black marble structure to the tasteful restaurant and the space known as Base, which was an ex-spare parts garage, the Bath Hotel has something for everyone.
Especially at this time of the year, with the warmer weather, the bifold doors can be opened up onto The Parade to allow the outside to come in.
The menu offers a good range of options, including vegetarian, and prices for mains vary from $16 to $19 for what The Bath term as "Pub Grub" and other mains from $24 to $28.
You need to be aware that there is a 10% surcharge on public holidays and some bookings may require a $10 per head deposit.
The Base menu specialises more in share plates and wood-fired pizzas as well as smoked meats, which one of the chefs prides himself on.
The Bath Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner until as late as 9.30 pm some nights - their website will give you the full opening hours. The Base meanwhile is open at varying times, usually until late. You need to remember with the Base, that it is a walk-in restaurant and takes reservations for one table of between 8 - 10 people for a 6 pm and a 8 pm seating.
A French-inspired cafe, which started life under another name in Hutt Street, Adelaide, now gracing Norwood, opens as early as 6 am, offering breakfast, and then moves on to lunch, and has recently also opened up as a "later in the evening" dessert bar.
Although I did not try them, their pistachio and raspberry croissants are apparently heaven, as well as their lemon tarts!
A perusal of their menu revealed there was catering for both non-vegetarian and vegetarian and even their range of croissants was extensive, with flavours to enhance the old taste buds. Everything french from savoury crepes to croissants to quiches and omelettes. Prices range from $4 - $5 for croissants right up to savoury crepes for $14.90.
La Madeleine even can help out with catering with Croquembouches and Profiteroles based on a minimum order.
A really nice European feel to the place and al-fresco dining available as well, conjuring up visions of some of the Parisian cafes perched on its streets.
La Madeleine is open to 10 pm most days for those of you who feel like a late night dessert before you hit the hay and can be found at 246 The Parade.
If you are into smoothies and cold-pressed juices, then the Juice Bureau may be of interest to you to visit. The shop is quite small but opens out onto The Parade, and your eyes are drawn immediately to the ceiling where garlands of flowers hang, making it a unique venue.
The juices are all locally made and are diverse in their flavours including juices and smoothies made for varying purposes. Examples include Detoxifier, Heartbeet, Immune, Balance, Cleanse, Green Smoothie and Banana/Cinnamon Almond Mylk.
On top of all that Juice Bureau also do salads and soups, good for a healthy lunch.
Juice Bureau are open normally from 8 am - 6 pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday, 8 am - 7 pm on Thursdays, 8 am - 5 pm on Saturdays and 10 am - 5 pm on Sundays. They can be found at 157 The Parade, Norwood.
If you are a burger lover, then you can't go past Nordburger, one of three stores in Adelaide, the others being in Hindmarsh and Frewville. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, suggest you stay away from here as you won't find much to your liking on the menu, however they do prepare a mushroom burger. For a gluten-free option, Nordburger also offer a Protein-style burger.
Burgers are priced somewhere between $8.70 and $9.90 depending upon your fancy.
If you want to try something other than a burger, Nordburger also do butter-milk fried chicken as an alternative.
Opening hours are Mondays from 10.30 am until 9 pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10.30 am until 9.30 pm, Thursdays and Sundays from 10.30 am until 10 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 10.30 am until 10.30 pm. Which means it doesn't matter what time of the day you are hanging out for a burger, you'll find one at Nordburger at 168 The Parade.
If you are into classic Italian, then this is the place for you. The pasta is fresh and hand made, making it really authentic.
Italian cuisine abounds, including Penne Gamberi, which consists of short tubular pasta with King Prawns, Cherry Tomatoes, Baby Spinach, Chilli, Garlic and Parsley with a white wine sauce. This will set you back $28.50. In fact, mains on the menu are all up in the high $20's and up to $40.
Gusto also offer a great range of wood fired oven pizzas.
For an Affogato for dessert, the price will be $15.50.
Well worth a try if you like authentic Italian in a traditional Italian neighbourhood. Gusto can be found at 121 The Parade.
Established since 2007, this Asian eatery offers some wholesome flavours created by a team of culinary experts.
Specialising in Thai fare, the chef's specials range from Red Curry Kangaroo to Tamarind Duck, Thai Garlic Chilli Seafood and Moo-Yang, which is grilled tasty pork with honey glaze served with a mild chilli sauce. These specials range in price from $19 to $29.
The menu also features curries, hot plates, Asian specials, stir-fries, rice and noodles. These will range from $17 through to $22 dependent upon your choice.
If you are more into the banquet style of dining, then Rain also offers this option with a choice of two types, one being $39 per person (with a minimum of 3 people) and $59 per person (minimum of 4 people).
Both options will grant you two courses, entree and main, together with complimentary steamed rice and Japanese green tea.
Rain caters for up to 90 indoor seats and 24 outdoor seats and is located at 125A The Parade.
Operating hours are for lunch Monday to Saturday - 12 Noon to 2.45 pm and dinner 7 days a week from 5.00 pm until 9.45 pm.
I feel like I haven't even scratched the surface down Norwood Parade as to the many options for dining and refreshment. If you haven't ventured down that way, suggest you put it on your bucket list to try some of the above and many other interesting cuisines and flavours.