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Last Saturday I enjoyed a long awaited night at Adelaide’s newly opened Africola.

This is the new venture from Adelaide’s adopted son Duncan Welgemoed, of Bistro Dom and the cleverly executed Lola’s Pergola.

Africola is vibrant, sassy and FUN.

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From creative interiors and open flame cooking, bold and original menu, and pumping music .. it’s a heady, contagious mix.

Maybe it was the heat of the night (it had been mid 30s all day) but I felt like I was sitting seaside, music rolling out  as waves – and diners – rolled in.

We shared our plates – a table of 7- a fun way to go with a group – and although we chose our own, you can let the team onsite do the choosing, with options including ‘With Booze’ ($135 a head) or without ($85).

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IMG_3005v3Standout starters for me were the Charcoal Prawns ($17), and the kangaroo based Raw Bushmeats ($16) which was melt in the mouth – think freshest of herbs rolled through the freshest of meat, parceled loosely within leaves of crisp tissue thin pastry.  Yum.

I also loved the originality of the Charred Pickled Cucumber – a beautiful and interesting dish, striking in whiteness of the buffalo milk, nestling crunchy green pickle and pink radish.

On mains, we missed out on the Daily Spit (once gone, it’s gone) but the Proper Peri Peri Chicken ($55 for two) was very very good as a tender fiery flavoursome bite.

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But woah those vegetables ($all 20).

Smoked Heirloom Carrots with cinnamony briyani spice flavours, finished with buffalo milk making them creamy and moreish, a great accompaniment to charred flavours.

The Wood Oven Roasted Whole Cauliflower was a cracker – impressively presented as a wedge (half a head?), tender and crisp and firm all at once, with a hit of smoked hock on the side.  I’ve been thinking about it since.

So this is just a few short personal highlights from me.

If you’d like to read some reviews, you can try:

The Advertiser’s Simon Wilkinson Reviews Africola

Africola, Adelaide (Gourmet Traveller)

Listen to Radio Adelaide: Africola, a bit on the wild side

RipItUp Review on Africola