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Salopian Inn
Modern Australian
  • Cnr McMurtrie & Main Rds,
    Mclaren Vale, SA
  • (08) 8323 8769,
  • Lunch Wed-Sun noon-5pm

    Dinner Thu-Sat 6pm-10pm

Salopian Inn
-35.229577, 138.551087

McLaren Vale had good reason to rejoice when Karena Armstrong took over the abandoned Salopian Inn. Reviving the landmark dining destination, she draws on her time cooking at Billy Kwong, Icebergs and Melbourne Wine Room to embrace Asian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flourishes. Her brigade offers a flexible menu, from a Reuben sandwich or steamed pork buns (already a signature) to shared plates of grilled ox tongue, lemongrass calamari or tuna sashimi with pickled heirloom carrots, ginger and soy. Main courses such as five-spice duck with sesame buns and Middle Eastern seafood stew offer deep satisfaction. With slate floors and whitewashed walls it still looks like a stone settlers' farmhouse (there's also the cellar of superb aged wine collected by part-owners Zar and Elena Brooks), but the vibe is fun. Linger at the bar to taste from an impressive 180-bottle gin collection.

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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $10-$22

    M $26-$50

    D $15

    Shared tasting menu $65

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
  • Cards:
  • Eftpos
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Karena Armstrong



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