Restaurant Reviews

André’s Cucina & Polenta Bar: Restaurant review


94 Frome St
Adelaide, SA


Lunch Tue-Sat 11.30am-3pm
Dinner Mon-Sat 5.30pm-10pm


E $13-$26
M $30-$42
D $7-$16


Originally it was all about polenta, but Andre's is now as versatile as any Italian-accented kitchen, left in capable hands while its founder focuses on his new pasta and dessert business. Try the carpaccio, a staple favourite, or the consigli - hand-scrawled recommendations on the blackboard. In moody, muted lighting, with the vibe like a party in full swing, Andre's dapper staff work tight spaces between tables. Capably matched to an Italo-Australian wine-list, the five-course Menu Fisso (chef's choice) is compulsory for bigger tables. A small team in the kitchen cleverly balances textures (scatterings of pistachio, cress, micro mint) and flavours (swordfish carpaccio still discernible despite anchovy and pickled spring onion). Salsa verde adds a grassy zing to roasted chickpeas with pork medallions. For a light and multifaceted finish, try the cheesecake log with toasted cornflake crumble, raspberry sorbet, lemon and blueberries.
(08) 8224 0004
Bookings recommended
  • BYO
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Outdoor dining
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Patricia Strecksuss
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.