The best partnerships start over a glass of wine. When a friend of Martin Palmer’s purchased the iconic Bank of New South Wales building in Adelaide, it was over a few wines that they got talking about the ‘advantages’ of having a really good restaurant and bar within the building, and more importantly, one that was close to his office. And so, 2KW was born.
The restaurant and bar, headed by Simon Adami, is making waves in Adelaide’s culinary scene. Combining fantastic local produce, a diverse wine list, innovative cocktails and stunning views in a New York inspired space.
The venue caters for all occasions, from small bites and pizzas in the outdoor areas to innovative dishes designed to share within the restaurant. Internal spaces include the restaurant and loggia, featuring loads of natural light, an array of different textures and a touch of copper – the venue’s signature material. Step outside and you are met with the garden, the LA inspired cabanas and the terrace, an amazing outdoor deck that overlooks Adelaide Oval and the River Torrens precinct.
The restaurant sits at the heart of the space, both literally and figuratively. Separated from the rest of the areas by retractable windows, it’s the type of place where time slows down, you forget about everything and focus on what’s most important: great food and serious booze.
Nick Finn and Daniel Lawrence are the men leading the culinary charge in the kitchen. Born and raised in Adelaide, Nick completed his apprenticeship at the Hyatt before venturing further afield to gain valuable experience at Queensland’s Hayman Island as well as several Melbourne hotels and restaurants. Nick then ventured overseas completing stints in kitchens in Madrid and Copenhagen, before joining the Palmer Hospitality group four years ago.
Dan is new to the group, but boasts an equally impressive resume, having refined his skills at a number of Australian and International restaurants, most notably Sydney’s iconic Icebergs Dining Room.
Their menu places an emphasis on local, seasonal produce and is designed to be ‘plundered by several forks’. For example, oysters come from Streaky Bay, Coffin Bay or Smoky Bay, olives from McLaren Vale and charcuterie courtesy of Barossa Fine Foods.
Start your dining experience with something from the meat locker or cheese cabinet before moving onto sardines on toast with an orange and parsley gremolata.
Medium dishes include eye fillet tartare with shallot, cornichons, parsley, olive soil, free-range egg yolk and fries, or the popular vegan falafel salad with chickpeas, quinoa, radish, dried pea, preserved lemon, chilli and green tahini.
If your stomach is telling you to continue to plunder, then sample the crispy- spiced half duck, accompanied by carrot, snow pea tendril and walnut salad, ginger and pomegranate sauce and cos lettuce cups. If you’re after a truly Australian experience then try the kangaroo shank tagine, featuring dried fig, prunes, roast pumpkin, honey onions and couscous.
Steak savants shouldn’t go past the 500g 40-day dry-aged 100% Hereford rib eye, served on the bone with bravas potatoes, pan-fried black pudding and fried duck egg.
Undoubtedly the ultimate South Australian experience is the star of the show, Crayfish indulgence, a dish you need to order 48 hours ahead. Live crayfish, cooked and served with French baguette, Cognac and horseradish crayfish sauce, sauce gribiche with salmon caviar, frambroise pickled shallot and josper grilled baby cos leaves.
The restaurant’s wine list is just as impressive as the food, expertly chosen by Sommelier, James Parham. The venue offers a premium wine experience called Barrel Thieves, which sees the bar partner with great local winemakers to create unique batches of wine exclusively for 2KW. Past pairings have included Dean Hewiston’s Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Andrew ‘Ox’ Hardy’s Pinot Noir and Kim Longbottom’s Chardonnay.
The wine list highlights the best of South Australia and showcases a magnitude of different varietals from the world over. Start with a glass of Deviation Road Sparkling before moving onto Clare Valley’s famous Grosset Riesling. Red drinkers will love the big and bold varieties on offer, and should pay special attention the limited rare finds on the Rockstar list.
No matter where you take position, you’ll be well looked after when it comes to drinks. The cocktail offerings, each named after some of the state’s icons, range from the Governor’s Garden – a delicious combination of vodka, honey, lemon and almond, to the legendary Les Burdett – rye, hints of black tea, cherry and orange.
Late night nibbles can be found on the compact bar menu full of restaurant favourites, plus a few extras. Nibble on the pan-seared halloumi with Tuscan bean purée, verjuice-soaked grapes and currants or share a pizza topped with broccolini, chilli and smoked mozzarella.
With unmatched views of the city, five different dining spaces and staff that know a thing or two, 2KW is the answer to every local’s prayer.