Locals: Leigh Morgan
Every city has one. The serial entrepreneur and founder whose Instagram account you can count on to discover all the latest ‘hot-spots’ and menus. You know, that account you happen to scroll through as you prepare your mie goreng noodles for a night in working and you begin to question your life choices. When it comes to Adelaide, that man is Leigh Morgan. As one of the original co-founders of breakthrough wine website Vinomofo, Morgan knows a good drop when he sees one. He also happens to know really good food and THE places to visit when in Adelaide. Why? Because he played a hand in bringing many of them to life. From Electra House to the soon to be opened Poke Me, Leigh is the man behind many of the state’s hottest food attractions. Naturally, we had to ask the local foodie for the must visit places when in Adelaide.
***He will also provide you a condensed version of Jamie Olivers 15 minute meals on Instagram stories.
Name: Leigh Morgan
I have lived here for: 7 years
If Adelaide were a soundtrack it would be: Hilltop hoods – 1955
What you might not expect: Adelaide is a small scale NYC bar scene, full of vibe and amazing product
Best time to visit: September-November
To awaken your cultural senses: The Barossa wine and cheese tour
For a spot of live music: Fat Controller for a place that’s absolutely jumping. It’s a filthy pit of fun with amazing artists purely coming to the city to play there
The perfect location for people watching: Hindley Street during the night time or day time, it’s full of eclectic individuals that really don’t care what you think; they just do their thing
To wind down: Bar Torino for the best Gin & Tonics
When you feel like indulging: I feel like indulging from the moment I wake up, but to really indulge outside of the every day life, it has to be a bed and breakfast in the Barossa with a night of Shiraz, Barossa Valley cheese and Apex Bakery bread
Let’s talk Food
Go to breakfast spot: The Exchange in the east end. The best poached ocean trout and smashed avocado
For a quick bite: Whistle and Flute, their menu f*cking rocks, go for the crab scrambled eggs, stay for a session on the Bloody Mary’s!
For lunch with a view: The Lane, just enjoy the view and the amazing back vintage wines they continue to rotate on their wine list
For fine dining: Chianti – if you haven’t had the rabbit or the blue swimmer crab pasta, you’ve never really experienced Adelaide
Where you really want to go for the atmosphere: Sean’s Kitchen – the amount of biggie smalls you’ll hear in one sitting is enough for me to go every day. The best seafood in Adelaide
For something completely different: Sunday morning Yum Cha at Ding Hao – BYO Riesling and graze all morning
For the best service: Chianti and Bar Torino always surpass most of Adelaide, with bar staff who will explain the process of every beverage at Bar Torino, to Chianti next door, where everyone is treated like family
The one meal you can’t leave Adelaide without trying: I’d like to name just one, but if you’re going to have the ultimate dining experience, the degustation at Penfolds Magill Estate is to die for and would be in my top 3 of all time.
Let’s start with coffee: A half latte at The Exchange
For a good cocktail: Electra House Espresso Martini list – done 6 different ways!
For a cheese and wine session: The Barossa Valley – Peter Lehmann’s will take care of both the cheese plate and the amazing vino!
For a night out with friends: Superfish is the perfect venue for a fun night with friends. Awesome outdoor bar, great food and always lots of fun
For a spot of dirty dancing: Depends how dirty you want to get? Super California will take care of your party hop dance floor action, or Fat Controller for a 5am finish is always fun. The sun coming up on your way home, not as fun though!
For something completely different: 2KW rooftop bar, the best sunset in town. Overlooks the Adelaide Oval and surrounding parklands. The best summer and spring sessions every night of the week
Where the cool kids hang: Udaberri – one of the leaders in Adelaide, this was the first small bar to come into action. Just ask for Rohan, he’ll make you a hell of a Negroni