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The King's Table

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Published August 27th 2019
Swords of Victuals
To walk through Hahndorf's main street is to tread a fine line between culture and frivolity, history and schmaltz. Moving and merging past streams of phone and camera-toting tourists, there's a curious interplay between tradition carrying forward and scattered relics of South Australian history.

To one side, a candle maker, leather smith, sweet shop and bakery. To the other, heritage buildings, jouncy accordion tunes, chirping cuckoo clocks and bratwurst in a roll. The King's Table is less Bavarian schtick as it is a touch of playful mediaeval japery.

The smell hits first from streets away; the aroma of charcoal roasted meat and vegetables from a grill, wisely positioned outside. Cuts of steak, pork and chicken sizzle and steam on rotating skewers (not unlike a certain Korean Barbecue), oil and juices crackling as they disappear in plumes of smoke off glowing coals, the clouds of superheated vapours basting slowly rotating morsels of meaty deliciousness. Alongside, seafood similarly crisps outside over embers.

The King's Table Hahndorf Mediaeval Restaurant Swords Skewers Charcoal Grill
The Tables


Inside, the decor is rustic and mediaeval inspired. Wood tables. Leather chairs. Burlap covering and softening lights on a ceiling that otherwise would be reminiscent of a classroom - square tiles and fluorescent tubes. Goblets with a worn appearance. A barrel covering a beer tap.



The food is perhaps best described as much as one would expect from slow-cooked or deep-fried meats finished on a charcoal rotisserie. Chicken wings are juicy, flavoursome and with a delicious smoky char.

The King's Table Hahndorf Mediaeval Restaurant Swords Skewers Charcoal Grill
Charcoal Roasted Chicken Wings with Spring Onion Salad


Chicken on a skewer/sword is similarly succulent, being first wrapped around a sausage then being itself wrapped by bacon in a mignon type affair. The scotch fillet is similar, here being stuffed, instead, with chorizo sausage, imparting the fillet with welcome heat and spiciness. Pork belly is sticky, sweet, salty and chewy with less of a smoky component. It's heavily caramelised to a pork jerky-candied consistency.

The King's Table Hahndorf Mediaeval Restaurant Swords Skewers Charcoal Grill
Chicken Mignon. Skewered.


The King's Table Hahndorf Mediaeval Restaurant Swords Skewers Charcoal Grill
Chicken with Salad


The salads are light and pleasingly palate cleansing. A green mango and papaya salad has sweet and sour components with a tang. An apple salad? Crunchy and fresh. Perfect chips. Zesty Chimichurri.

The King's Table Hahndorf Mediaeval Restaurant Swords Skewers Charcoal Grill
Scotch Fillet Steaks


The King's Table Hahndorf Mediaeval Restaurant Swords Skewers Charcoal Grill
Steak and Pork Belly


The restaurant boasts its own brew and soft drinks, with other Adelaide Hills classic alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available.

The King's Table Hahndorf Mediaeval Restaurant Swords Skewers Charcoal Grill
Pork Belly, Caramelised


The King's Table Hahndorf Mediaeval Restaurant Swords Skewers Charcoal Grill
Perfect Chips


The King's Table Hahndorf Mediaeval Restaurant Swords Skewers Charcoal Grill
The King's Table


The King's Table Hahndorf Mediaeval Restaurant Swords Skewers Charcoal Grill
The rotating skewer


If you're in the town, following your nose down Hahndorf's main street, and keen for an alternative to usual German inspired fare, it's impossible to miss this cozy corner by the IGA, where a cheerful charcoal grillardin imparts a delicious char and smokiness to generous servings of craveable food.
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Why? For charcoal grilled meat and veg in a mediaeval inspired setting
When: Lunch Monday and Wednesday, Lunch and Dinner Thursday to Sunday and closed Tuesdays
Phone: 0410 416 655
Where: 13/15 Mount Barker Rd, Hahndorf SA 5245
Cost: Around ~$50 a skewer/sword.
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