First look: Pink Moon Saloon, Adelaide

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: Pink Moon Saloon, Adelaide.

It's been two years in the making, but the transformation of an inner-city service laneway into the Pink Moon Saloon by the Clever Little Tailor crew is complete. One of a pair of tiny A-frame cabins linked by a courtyard houses a cosy bar with five brews on tap, a smart local and international wine list, top-shelf spirits and a clutch of cocktails, while the restaurant occupies the second cabin. Chef Matthew Standen doesn't have much space, but turns out delicious hot pastrami sandwiches, ploughman's platters and a hot-smoked salmon salad. A snack of fried pork neck with pickle dip makes a fine companion to a handle of Grifter Big Sur IPA from the keg, but the musk of slow-cooked meats from the wood oven leads you inevitably to The Daily Chop selection of smoked beasts, birds and vegetables among the specials. We like.

Pink Moon Saloon, 21 Leigh St, Adelaide, SA

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