Restaurant Reviews

Hardy’s Verandah: Restaurant review


74 Mount Lofty Summit Rd
Crafers, SA


Lunch Fri-Sun noon-3pm;
Dinner daily 6pm-9pm


Dégustations $109-$160


The transformation of this grand sandstone manor hotel atop Mount Lofty has been extensive, expensive and ambitious. And the result? Impressive - especially across all aspects of Hardy's, its new restaurant. Former suites and a long enclosed veranda form an airy formal dining space and bar, with gorgeous views across Piccadilly Valley. Dégustations are carefully measured journeys with significant Japanese inspiration, but chef Wayne Brown adds original touches. Air-dried wagyu topped with cultured cream and caviar is an elegant snack, leading to the winning union of confit ocean trout with peas in a soup of beetroot and fermented blueberry. The  far-reaching international wine list and cellar developed by sommelier Patrick White is a key attraction, his careful recommendations perfectly in tune with the kitchen offerings. This extends to a dessert of soured plum dusted with popping citrus candy. A rhapsody from start to finish.
Bookings essential
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Private room
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Wayne Brown
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.