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Grazing on Gouger

Thursday, November 13, 2003
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South Australians are very proud of their produce and excellent wines. Visitors to Adelaide can enjoy a variety of food and wine to fit their budget, but there are always places they won't find by themselves.

English tourist Helen Phillips arrived in 1990 and stayed. She wanted to share the bounty of her new homeland, so bought an existing food-tour company. She and her husband, along with the former owner of the company, came up with Grazing on Gouger.

Gouger Street is full of gastronomic delights. Tours run each Friday and Saturday at noon.

First stop may be the Hilton International Hotel, home to possibly Adelaide's most-exciting and well-known chef, Cheong Liew. He was awarded an OAM for service to the food industry and is the consulting chef at the Grange Restaurant, with an influence on all food served in the hotel.

Malaysian-born Cheong presents a delicious fusion of Asian culture, Australian ingredients and classic French technique. You'll have the chance to sample some of his special canapés accompanied by a sparkling South Australian wine.

Second stop is Mongkok. Helen has unofficially dubbed it the best Chinese food in Adelaide. Yum cha carts do the rounds of the restaurant with steamers of tempting and unusual morsels, all accompanied by fragrant jasmine tea.

Next stop is Adelaide Central Markets, where you visit Lucia's, an Adelaide institution. Lucia arrived from Italy in 1954 with no English but a head and heart full of wonderful recipes. She opened Adelaide's first woodfired pizza shop, which won locals over. Now she has branched out to a café and providores, selling a range of olive oils, classic Italian ingredients and even her own pasta sauces. Visitors to the markets reckon hers is the best coffee there.

Zumma Café is Greek-owned, a good place to stop for delicious cakes, pastries and coffee, probably enjoyed while wondering how you managed to consume so much during the day. The family has recently opened the Tea Bar further along Gouger, where they have 150 types of tea.

If you've time and space, you could visit Sunmi Sushi. They serve a delicious seven-course Korean banquet.


Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia


Adelaide's Top Food and Wine Tours runs Grazing on Gouger Tours for $115 per person. They run on Fridays and Saturdays at noon.
Please note prices are valid at time of filming.

More information

Adelaide's Top Food and Wine Tours
7 Blue Crescent, Woodforde 5072
Tel: (08) 8263 0265, Fax: (08) 8263 2601

Qantas: 13 13 13

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