Restaurant Reviews

Pipers of Penola: Restaurant review


58 Riddoch St
Penola, SA


Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-8.30pm


E $16-$21
M $35-$40
D $16-$24


This quaint white timber restaurant was a turn-of-the-century ex-Methodist church, tucked down a quiet Penola street. Ten years ago, accomplished floor manager Erika Bowen and her chef husband Simon transformed it into a tidy, efficient dining room, and have remained true to the building's historic charm. A small but carefully considered à la carte menu focuses on regional produce with a few French twists. Chilled tomato tea sets a tasty tone. A sense of warm, country charm informs a hearty entrée of duck liver pâté on grilled brioche with cornichons, mustard fruits and celeriac rémoulade, and pork double cutlet, white bean and hock ragoût evokes nostalgia for your nanna's kitchen. South Australian, Victorian and Spanish fortifieds settle a full stomach, while an extensive wine list showcases Coonawarra and Europe. And yes, desserts can be lavish - such as the four sugared yeast doughnuts with coffee, Frangelico ice-cream, macadamia nuts and mint.
(08) 8737 3999
Bookings recommended
  • BYO
  • Licensed
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Private room
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Simon Bowen
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.