Restaurant Reviews

Ellen Street Restaurant

Ellen Street Restaurant
19 Olivers Rd McLaren Vale, SA Australia


At the restaurant for Maxwell Wines, a new pass cut into the limestone dining room wall allows the buzz from the kitchen to filter into a previously austere dining space overlooking vineyards. Eager staff are enthusiastic about chef Fabian Lehmann’s bold flavours, with good reason. He embraces the vitality of local produce – from robust chicken liver parfait on a chicken skin wafer through to rare kangaroo loin in a sauce finished with grated macadamia. Mushrooms grown in the winery’s limestone cave – king trumpet, yellow oyster, shiitake and shimeji – are a star entrée, fried in brown butter and folded with soft-cooked egg. Little touches impress, such as contrasting twin buns (pumpkin and sunflower seed, fennel and saffron) and butter spiked with lemon and dill snow. A list comprising only Maxwell wines limits the matching options, especially  with whites, but older vintages provide interesting counterpoints.


(08) 8323 8200



Bookings recommended


  • BYO

  • Licensed

  • Wheelchair Access

  • Outdoor dining

  • Private room

Accepted card types:

  • American Express

  • Eftpos

  • MasterCard

  • Visa


Fabian Lehmann

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide’s reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide

Food: ★

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Ellen Street Restaurant
19 Olivers Rd McLaren Vale, SA Australia
Fabian Lehmann
Bookings recommended
Wheelchair Access
Opening Hours
Lunch daily noon-2.30pm

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