27.November.2021

Aurora named in The Advertiser’s top 5 SA’s best restaurants

SA’s best new restaurants revealed

Looking to go out for a bite to eat as the weather warms up?
Take a look at this list of SA’s best new restaurants for inspiration.
The restaurants included in this list have either opened over the past year or so, or made significant changes over that time. The rankings are based on the original review, but have also taken into account subsequent visits or changes in personnel or approach since then.
Given the uncertain nature of hospitality since early 2020, all should be commended for accepting the challenge and keeping our restaurant industry vibrant. Make a booking now and show your support!
Scroll down to see our list, ranked from 23 to 1. What’s the best new restaurant for 2021?

5. Aurora Restaurant

Aurora Restaurant in Light Square, with head chef Brendan Wessels and front of house member Olivia Den Dekker. Picture: Naomi Jellicoe.

Light, 63 Light Square, city | 7089 9600 | auroraadl.com.au
Owner: Nick and Sophie Dunstone / Light Social Enterprises
Chef: Brendan Wessels
Food: Contemporary
Price: Small $12-$29, main $28-$42, dessert $14.50-$16.50
Drinks: Substantial list of Australian producers with shared values. Reasonable mark ups.
Open: Lunch Thu-Fri, Sun Dinner Wed-Sat
COVID-induced changes in mindset don’t come much bigger than that of Brendan Wessels. Little more than a year ago, he was pushing meringue mix into a 3D printer and serving sherbet to suck through a fake hundred-dollar bill at the attention-seeking d’Arenberg Cube.
Now he is head chef and chief mentor of Aurora, a restaurant based on an altruistic vision of being nothing less than a circuit-breaker for the industry, a place where ego, prestige and unrealistic expectation are set aside and that the work/life balance can be fair and sustainable. He couldn’t be happier and, my goodness, doesn’t it show.
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