Windy Point Lookout, Belair Road, Belair
Contemporary Australian cuisine in a hilltop restaurant with panoramic views
Watching an incredible sunset from a cosy table behind the Windy Point floor-to-ceiling windows is one of Adelaide’s best dining experiences. First opened in 1982, Windy Point Restaurant and Cafe boasts breathtaking panoramic views of Adelaide from St Vincent’s Gulf, all the way to the Adelaide Hills.
Dreamt up in the late 1970s by well-known local businessman, Bill Sparr, in collaboration with then premier, Don Dunstan, Windy Point Restaurant was designed as a drawcard destination to take full advantage of the extraordinary views from the Adelaide Hills. The view alone could never ensure longevity but owners, Daniel Sparr and Justin Miles, have continued to match the stunning view with the highest possible standards of cuisine and service. Multiple awards, and more importantly, consistently full tables, are a testament to their success.
Adelaide born and raised, Justin first honed his culinary skills at Mistress Augustine’s under the direction of Ann Oliver. He then travelled to London, working in Bibendum Restaurant designed by Terence Conran. His work at the Noosa Springs golf resort and the New South Wales ski fields has resulted in Justin joining an elite group of those winning Restaurant and Catering awards in three Australian states.
At Windy Point, you have the option of dining in either the formal restaurant or the more casual cafe. No matter which you choose, you can be certain that the produce is local.
Justin sources South Australian beef, poultry, seafood, dairy, fruits and vegetables; Udder Delights and Hindmarsh Valley Dairy supply the cheese, and olives come from Patlin Gardens Olives just north of the city.
You’ll find Barossa Farm chicken, Smoky Bay oysters and prawns from the Spencer Gulf on the menu.
In the restaurant, try the Flinders Ranges Orroroo Kangaroo Saddle with babaghanoush, carrot salad, shaved baby beetroot and Persian feta; or the incredible Northern Territory Barramundi Fillet served with a squid ink risotto, braised octopus, peas and turmeric aioli. If you are eager to experience all that you possibly can, the degustation menu offers a selection showcasing the very best the kitchen has to offer.
If you’re having a relaxed meal in the Windy Point Cafe, be sure to try the Confit Duck Legs with dill, cucumber, pear, grapefruit and polenta chips. There’s also a selection of small plates available, so you can try a few different things. Choose from designer treats such as the Buffalo Wing with blue cheese dipping sauce; or simply ten natural Smoky Bay Oysters.
When it comes to wine, just like the produce, Windy Point leans towards the local offering. Their wine list hosts a selection of drops that span from boutique, lesser-known local vineyards to the larger, iconic international stars.
A visit to Windy Point is sure to begin and end with that amazing view but the true surprise is what comes in between. Locally sourced ingredients lead to food that becomes quintessentially South Australian and a tribute to the beautiful region that they hail from.
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