The Pot Food & Wine
160 King William Rd, Hyde Park, SA
08 8373 2044
Simon Kardachi has dining in his blood. As the grandson of the man who opened Adelaide’s first restaurant, Simon has grown up mindful of the value of good food and wine – a lesson he hopes to pass on to customers at The Pot Food & Wine.
The Pot has been in operation for 16 years and its success and popularity over the years has allowed Simon to open a string of other fabulous venues around Adelaide. As The Pot was Simon’s first venture into hospitality, it reflects the way he likes to dine: communally. French and Southeast Asian flavours inspire the grazing menu from the all-day kitchen, which allows guests to relax with a glass of wine over a long lunch or dinner.
Head Chef, Ben Fenwick, is the man behind the fabulous fare. Having started cooking at the age of 16, he completed culinary school in Australia before moving to America in pursuit of a lifelong dream to work in Michelin-starred restaurants. He worked in multiple venues in Las Vegas, focusing on French cuisine under chef Alain Ducasse, before moving back home to bring his knowledge to The Pot.
The seasonal menu features as much local produce as possible including seafood from South Australia, while fruit and vegetables come from the weekly Farmers’ Market. The communal style of dining means that dishes are designed to be shared, with all plates available in small or large formats. This means a table of two can enjoy up to ten diverse dishes, with each offering a different flavour combination.
Start with the ham and raclette cheese croquettes or the salmon sashimi, accompanied by wasabi mayo, pickled cucumber and sesame dressing. Move onto the soft shell crab and roast chilli kewpie Pot buns or skip straight to the bigger plates.
The roasted baby flounder on the bone with togarashi crust, sesame dressing and pickled carrot and daikon will please seafood buffs while the chargrilled Berkshire pork belly with banbanji sauce, nori and bonito will have you wishing you could just keep eating. Finish it off with a plate of the sweet stuff, including peanut butter parfait with salted caramel, chocolate sorbet and peanut praline.
Have a chat to the friendly floor staff who can steer you in the right direction for food and wine pairings. With an extensive wine list that features everything from old to new world, classic to trendy and approachable to complex, you may need their help.
Make your way to the back of the industrial chic space to take a peek at the wine menu and specials, written on a chalkboard above the kitchen. Take a seat at one of the communal wooden tables, or opt for one of the tables along the wall. French doors make indoor-outdoor dining seamless, meaning you’ll have the best of both worlds while indulging in fabulous food and delicious drops. Best of all? The Pot is also open for breakfast on the weekends, meaning there’s no excuse not to pop by.