Level 8, 2 King William Street, Adelaide
Modern Australian with terrace and city views
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, they got talking over a few wines about the advantages of putting a restaurant and bar in the building and, more importantly, one that was close to his office. And so, 2KW was born.
Now, 2KW is making serious waves in Adelaide’s culinary scene, offering a menu full of the best produce, a diverse wine list, innovative cocktails and stunning views in a New York-inspired space.
Managed by hospitality guru, Simon Adami, 2KW caters for all occasions, from small bites and pizzas in the outdoor areas, to innovative dishes designed to share inside the restaurant. Natural light floods the internal spaces, where an array of textures are lifted by flashes of copper – the venue’s signature material. Step outside to find a garden with the LA-inspired cabanas, plus an amazing outdoor terrace overlooking Adelaide Oval and the River Torrens precinct.
The restaurant sits in the heart of the venue, both literally and figuratively. Separated from other spaces by retractable windows, it’s the type of place where time slows down. You forget about the outside world and focus on the main game: great food and serious booze.
Nick Finn and Daniel Lawrence are leading the culinary charge in the kitchen. Their menu is driven by local, seasonal produce, designed to be “plundered by several forks”.
Those opting for a lighter dinner at the bar might be tempted by something from the nearby meat locker or cheese cabinet before trying 2KW’s selection of toasts with classic toppings like sardines or Nonna-inspired vitello tonnato. Others settling in for the long haul might try the medium dishes, such as a Beef Carpaccio with the satisfying tang of saltbush chimichurri, samphire and artichoke, or perhaps Smoked Mushrooms with tofu, truffle and pickled garlic.
Bigger plates include Roasted Pork Jowl with sherry- braised clams, oyster mushrooms and speck. Steak fans will love the 300g Mayura Station Wagyu Rump (9+ score) with asparagus, cured egg, crouton, mullet roe and bacon jam. Undoubtedly the ultimate South Australian experience is the star of the show, Crayfish Indulgence, a no-expense-spared dish you need to order 24 hours ahead.
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 2KW partner with great local winemakers to create unique batches exclusively for the restaurant. Past pairings have included Dean Hewitson’s Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Andrew ‘Ox’ Hardy’s Pinot Noir and Kim Longbottom’s Chardonnay.
With unparalleled views across the city and a refined, well thought out food and drink, there is little that can go wrong for you on a night out at this Adelaide institution.
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