It’s no secret that South Australia is home to some of the world’s best food and wine. 

It’s what first attracted Oval Hotel Executive Chef Daniel Simpson to the boutique hotel at Adelaide Oval and its flagship dining offering, Five Regions Restaurant. 

“I was drawn to Oval Hotel because of a shared passion for South Australian produce, which is universally regarded as some of the best in the world,” Daniel says.

“I had been seeking out South Australian ingredients in interstate venues for years, so to go straight to the source was a dream. And that was before I saw the view from the restaurant – that sealed the deal.”

Daniel is referring to the sweeping views enjoyed by every guest in the intimate Five Regions dining room. 

Floor to ceiling windows frame views into the iconic Adelaide Oval, from hallowed turf and heritage scoreboard to soaring grandstands and Moreton Bay Fig trees. 

This vantage is exclusive to restaurant guests, while those staying in one of Oval Hotel’s guest rooms enjoy views of the surrounding parklands and St Peter’s Cathedral.  

“It’s a truly unique property, and one that continues to attract guests from interstate and around the world based on location alone,” Daniel says.

“As an extension of that location, our approach to food and wine at Oval Hotel is to present guests with the true taste of South Australia. Five Regions embodies that.”

Five Regions Restaurant offers seasonal degustation dining that is inspired by South Australia’s five major wine regions – the Barossa, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and Coonawarra – with a new winery invited to collaborate on the menu every three months.

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The restaurant has produced menus in partnership with Seppeltsfield, Shaw + Smith, Jim Barry Wines and Maxwell to name a few. 

“Our approach is always wine first – we taste, we select, and we listen to the stories and secrets behind the winemaking before we even think about food,” Daniel says. 

“It’s a concept that allows us to share the stories of, and ethos behind, some of the biggest and most exciting names in South Australian wine.

“As part of the process, we visit the winery to hear more of their story, walk through their region and taste their wines”

“It conjures immediate inspiration and allows us to really transport our guests to these destinations through the menu”

“Guests who have travelled from interstate or overseas may not be familiar with the winery or region we are sharing during their visit, but Five Regions gives them a taste from right here in the CBD, at Adelaide’s most iconic location.”

And with a new menu every three months, the concept continues to reinvent itself.

“Guests who have joined us for a Barossa menu paired with Yalumba wines in winter will come back for a new experience with a new winery in spring and summer,” Daniel says. 

“We have some huge names coming up – I can’t wait.”

AGFG Award Winner 2021 – 2 Hat Restaurant | AGFG Award Winner 2022 – 2 Hat Restaurant  | AHA|SA Award for Excellence 2021

Contact + Opening times

Five Regions Restaurant at Oval Hotel – Open: Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm

Oval Hotel, King William Road, North Adelaide SA | 08 8368 9900

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