Adelaide, South Australia

Andre's Cucina and Polenta Bar is Andre Ursini's first restaurant and he has brought Adelaide rustic Italian food that has flavour and flair. Andre has presented Adelaide with a deliciously intelligent, communal way of dining that was inspired by his Italian heritage and European travels. He believes baking in-house is the only way to go employing a Cordon Bleu pastry chef to lift the restaurant’s bakery offering to new heights
Opening Times

94 Frome Street
Adelaide CBD
Tel: +61 8 8224 0004
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Licensed & BYO (wine only)
Opening your first restaurant can be both terrifying and exciting at the best of times. When you are a former contestant of the juggernaut, MasterChef - as Matt, George and Gary would growl - "the pressure's on". Adelaide boy Andre Ursini has done himself and his city proud. After emerging from the mincer of MasterChef, he trained at Martini Ristorante. All the while however, he knew what he wanted to do – open his own restaurant. Of course there was opportunity to flog his MasterChef cred, but Andre had a clear vision of his gastronomic business long before the show. He has now presented Adelaide with a deliciously intelligent, communal way of dining that was inspired by his Italian heritage and European travels.

Polenta plays a pivotal role in the menu. If past polenta experiences have left the word stodgy in your mouth, then this will soon change. Silky, buttered mounds come laden with the likes of large, sweet prawns or wilted spinach and gorgonzola cheese. Order extra dressings of Italian sausage and prosciutto to raise the pleasure factor. From the ‘cucina' section of the menu come dishes made for sharing. Timber boards covered with waxed paper deliver assortments of fine Italian salumi, preserves, crostini and cheese. A vegetarian version features sweet potato chips, roasted mushrooms, slivers of radish, grilled eggplant and zucchini. There are sides of chicken, cheese, and olives stuffed with herb pate that will be hoovered bullet-fast. Make sure a dollop of fagoli puree finds its way to your mouth so your eyes can have fun rolling to the back of your head. Contrived displays of dry goods, kitchen gadgets and the obligatory polenta book are given charm with rustic timber furniture and tables packed with people who warm the room with the love of food.
Roz Taylor
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80 pax
Cheap & Cheerful
Function for 50-100
Outdoor Dining
Something Different
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Pre Theatre
This restaurant does not have any awards.
94 Frome Street
Adelaide CBD SA 5000
Alongside Mantra on Frome – just minutes from the Adelaide Zoo, museum and Art Gallery.
There are no recommendations for this restaurant.
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Noel - 27/02/2012
5 of us went on a very busy Saturday, Feb.2012 night and we went for the banquet at $55 per head. The staff coped well and were attentive to our needs. The food was superb and after 3 hours at the table, we left with stomachs content and enjoyed every platter presented. There is only a short waiting time between each platter and not knowing what was coming next,made it a little more exciting. Looking forward to returning sometime in the next few months.
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