Thursday, March 12

Adelaide's Best Gastro Pub Is No More

Picture by Keturah de Klerk

Less than six months after it was named one of the Top 50 restaurants in the country by The Australian newspaper, the entire food team at The Daniel O'Connell pub in North Adelaide is walking.  The kitchen which took South Australian offal to sublime heights is preparing its Last Supper tonight. Why such a talented chef as Phil Whitmarsh should find himself surplus to requirements in a food-mad city like Adelaide remains a profound mystery. For the past 18 months, The Dan has been one of my favourite eating holes – a great place to take out-of-towners or the wife for an inexpensive but delicious Sunday lunch. I was there today for lunch tucking into Phil's famous pig's ear shnitty, fabulous Shephard's Pie and exquisite handmade Pie of the Day. All washed down with a pint of Fuller's ESB. A few of us gathered in the front bar to farewell Phil and his crew, but I couldn't help noticing that there were only two people in the cavernous dining room for lunch. What is wrong with you Adelaide? Not only did the food here put many more expensive Adelaide restaurants to shame, there was always something crazy and joyous (think pig's trotter) on the menu. Where am I going to get my black pudding fix now? But you can't keep a good man down. I look forward to seeing these culinary superstars at a bigger and better venue. Just don't make me wait too long!  Mark Chipperfield

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