Six Places to Eat and Drink on Kangaroo Island
By Louise Gleeson
For a visit to Kangaroo Island that will make your tastebuds tingle, make your way to one (or at least a few) of these amazing places to eat and drink on KI. You’ll soon see that Kangaroo Island is famous for so much more than just it’s wilderness and wildlife experiences! Make sure you book in during peak periods to save your seat.
1. Dudley Wines Cellar Door – Penneshaw
Take a step into this breathtaking Clifftop Cellar Door and you’ll see why Dudley Wines were named the Cellar Door Award Winner several years running! Laze on the lawn with a glass of the famous Dudley Bubbly, stop for lunch on the sun deck with their amazing platters or gourmet pizza and have a hit at their one-par golf tee.
Make your way over for their Sunday sessions for some great atmosphere and entertainment by local SA musicians. Bookings essential.
2. Mercure KI Lodge, Reflections Restaurant – American River
The Reflections Restaurant at the Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge is the place to dine in American River. Chef Andy Waterhouse is renowned for his collaborations with island food and producers, and designs the menu to embrace local flavours, and of course pairing dishes to the best island beverages. At the Reflections Restaurant you are guaranteed a true Kangaroo Island dining experience with incredible ambience and waterviews. Find out more.
3. The Enchanted Fig Tree by Gastronomo - Snellings Beach
“The most magical al fresco dining experience ever. The service was courteous, the food divine and the ambience unbeatable – a highlight of our holiday”, said a recent review.”
The Enchanted Fig Tree is the ultimate Kangaroo Island foodie experience with tables amongst the historic 150-year old fig tree. Dine in a ‘living’ room separated by branches of the intricate tree. The Fig Tree re-opens from December 16 2021 to the April 4 2022 and has been curated as a progressive luncheon or dinner, inspired by sea, land and earth.
Make sure you book this unique experience well in advance. Limited bookings available. The team at Gastronomo Dining have also launched a spring time Wilderness Dining experience named “The Feast” held at a secret location. Find out more.
4. Cacus Cafe - Kingscote
Visit Cactus Cafe in Kingscote to get a real taste for Kangaroo Island produce. This place is a go-to for brunch and lunch on the island, and even hosts the occasional evening dinner. Check their Facebook page for details.
This cafe is run by Yen Aun Leow and chef Louis Lark having worked together at Kangaroo Island’s luxurious Southern Ocean Lodge. The pair are well acquainted with KI’s best food and drinks, and it really shows on their ever-changing seasonal menu.
5. Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery - MacGillivray
For an authentic farm gate experience the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery is set amongst the gum trees in a rustic Australian setting. The distillery produces 100 percent pure eucalyptus oil from the Narrow Leaf Mallee that is made into a range of products sold in their retail store. There is a café and cellar door onsite where you can taste local KI food and beverages. Make sure you taste the Colony Cove ciders while here! Photo courtesy of @Exploring9to5. Find out more.
6. Kangaroo Island Spirits – Cygnet River
This place has undeniable charm and is well worth a visit. Taste their full range of award winning spirits and liquors, purchase a bottle or enjoy a platter. Their garden is the perfect spot to sit around and learn about the aromatics and botanicals used to make your favourite gin. Enjoy a gin tasting, grab a paddle to taste test a few of their award-winning gins and spirits or have a cocktail in their gin garden. Book your tasting in here!
It’s so difficult to stop at six places so here are a few more…
Snaptop Oysters – The Oyster Farm Shop – American River
Go to Kangaroo Island Shellfish and ask for the award winning snaptop oysters! The Oyster Farm Shop is located at the American River Wharf and stocks a range of exceptional seafood, caught locally. They are the largest commercial oyster farm on the island, farming Pacific and Angasi oysters.
False Cape Wines - Dudley Peninsula
On the Eastern side of Kangaroo Island, hidden away on the Dudley Peninsula you’ll find this gem of a cellar door, False Cape Wines. Enjoy a wine tasting paddle of either reds or whites, and pick up a delicious gourmet cheese platter. False Cape Wines take pride in their natural surroundings and grow their vines as naturally and organically as possible. You’ll absolutely love this sustainable Cellar Door. Find out more.
Millie Mae’s Pantry - Penneshaw
Open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, you’ll find Millie Mae’s Pantry located in Penneshaw not far from the Ferry Terminal. Peruse the gift and produce store, stay for a bite to eat (and drink) and relax in their quaint garden area. Take a look here for more details.