Food Trends for 2013

San Francisco - SoMa: Blue Bottle Coffee - Siphon Coffee
picture by Wally Gobetz

Last Thursday afternoon I chatted to Peter Godfrey about food trends for 2013. There are plenty of lists and ideas out there on the internet (such as that put together by another Adelaide blogger, George at The Foodologist) so rather than rehash all of those I’m going to focus on an Adelaide-centric few.

The rise of the food truck. Hardly a prediction, because food trucks are already an established part of the Adelaide food scene. We’ll see even more over the next year and we’ll see more diversity and catering to more niche markets. We’ll also see more collaborative efforts like Fork on the Road.

Shrinking of fine dining. Adelaide institution The Manse closed its doors in 2012 and while I hope we say goodbye to no other fine dining establishments in 2013, we’ll see few, if any, new ventures in this vein. I think this is a sad thing because as much as I love the fantastic food and casual experience you can enjoy at many Adelaide restaurants, I do love dressing up for a meal out, sitting in a quiet room and eating great food. Fine dining isn’t doomed – it’s all swings and roundabouts and it will enjoy a resurgence, just not in 2013!

The continued rise of South/Central American (think Mexican) and Korean cuisines. We’ve seen a real boom in Mexican eateries in Adelaide in the last year and the fresh, vibrant flavours and the fact that the food can be relatively healthy will ensure continued popularity. Korean cuisine is yet to really hit its straps in Adelaide but more and more venues are opening and one day Korean restaurants will end up being as ubiquitous as Chinese or Thai!

Niche coffees. This prediction is one on a slow boil. I’m aware of two venues in Adelaide selling siphon coffee (see picture above) and we’re going to see more and more of this. Ordering coffee is going to become more complicated … siphon, Aeropress, pour over, cold drip/brew … By next year we’ll all be well versed in these and more!

The small bar. Changes to SA’s liquor licensing legislation will mean we’ll see more quirky, independent, hole in the wall bars. And this will mean a much greater diversity of drinks available. We’ve already got great venues such as Cork and Udaberri, and there are quite a few lined up to open (as a big fan of Alpha Box & Dice wines, I can’t wait for Cantina Sociale to throw open its doors!). If you want to drink something other than badly kept draught beer or cheap, nondescript “dry white wine”, 2013 is going to be your year!

Am I right? Have I missed out an obvious trend for the coming year? Let us all know in the comments!


Did you miss me on Peter Godfrey’s show on 5AA last week, talking about group buying deals? You can listen above. My own experiences have been positive but I’ve also been very careful – I wait until the deal is nearly closed to buy, so I can gauge how snowed under the business is likely to be, and I don’t buy another deal until I’ve used the last one.

Peter’s also been kind enough to supply some statistics (and how I love numbers!) and by far the most popular audio (no doubt helped by being the oldest!) has been our first chat about chocolate brownies – with close to 800 listens!

The recipe we talked about then was this caramel and chocolate brownie. I’m not surprised that this has so many hits – things chocolatey are amongst the most popular on Eating Adelaide: particularly my recipe for chocolate ganache (which recently received some very positive comments at my day job, too!) and Jamie Oliver’s chocolate pudding.

If there’s something non-chocolatey I should be writing about, or talking to Peter about … make sure to let me know!

Pop Up Restaurants

Are you tuning in to 5AA fortnightly to hear me chat to Peter Godfrey? No worry – if you’ve missed the last couple of interviews you can catch up on my thoughts on pub meals and pop up restaurants on line.

This week we talked about pop ups and how popular they are at the moment. Of course, the original pop up was the pie cart. I was under the mistaken impression that the one on Franklin Street, at the GPO, was still operational. Keith Conlon put me right on Twitter – even though that pie cart was revamped a few years ago it appears to have disappeared. Twitter and Facebook both suggest you might be able to spot a pie cart at Norwood Oval on game days. The rest of the time, if you’re hankering for a pie floater Bakery on O’Connell offers a 24 hour service for just $6.50.

I’m a big fan of Burger Theory and I’m keen to check out the tacos from La Cantina Co, whose grand appearance in Hindmarsh Square has been delayed again!

And if you like your pop up food sweet, check out what The Foodologist has to say about From Scratch.

Are there any other pop ups we should be keeping our eyes open for, Adelaide?