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“An oasis on a hot day” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Adelaide Botanic Garden

Adelaide Botanic Garden
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Ranked #2 of 195 things to do in Adelaide
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Owner description: In the heart of the city but another world away ... Take time out to explore the beauty and diversity of plants from across Australia and around the world. Spend an hour or spend the day among the 50 hectares of magnificently maintained gardens and stunning architecture. Relax in the shade or enjoy a coffee among some of Australia's finest plant collections.
Wellington, New Zealand
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“An oasis on a hot day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

Walking through the botanic gardens in temperatures of 35 degrees the Botanic Garden Restaurant was an oasis. We arrived for lunch heavy with perspiration badly needing refreshment. The welcome from the maitre d' was exceptional as indeed was the whole experience. The restaurant is in a beautiful setting within the gardens. The interior is fresh and bright with high ceilings and crisp white table cloths on the tables.
We had a two course lunch for $52 each, lots of water and a bottle of K1 Vineyard, Gruner Veltliner, crisp, well chilled and kept in an ice bucket set up by our table. The food was exceptional, not least the presentation which surely would have merited a Michelin star. Our first courses were for my wife, Sweet Corn Fondant Tart with a Macadamia nut crust, red pepper relish and baby popcorn shoots; and for me, Aged English Cloth Cheddar Brulee, Asparagus tips and black truffle. Both delightful. Our main courses were Orange Salt Duck Breast, Roast baby heirloom beets, blueberries, hazelnuts, cassis jus; and
Manning Valley Pasture Fed Beef Fillet Liquorice root dust, carrot puree and red wine onion jam. The food was delightful and the presentation first class. The service could not have been better. Friendly, efficient and unobtrusive. This will be a "must do" on our next visit to Adelaide.

Visited November 2013
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“Roses galore”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

I must admit we mainly went just for the roses, and it was worth the visit, just lovely. Right next door to the zoo if you are visiting for the day. There are eating places on site, selling coffee and a full restaurant, although the one we looked at was quite expensive.

Visited October 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“gardens, wonderful food, a world class museum, art. Don't miss the Botanic Gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

After the hurly burly of the Adelaide Christmas Pageant we retreated to the calm and birdsong of the Botanic Gardens. The jacaranda trees were in bloom, brides and their retinues wandered the lawns, we marvelled at the Australian forest and the Murdoch Avenue and admired the work of the local botanical artists in a small exhibition near the Friends' gate and then we wanted lunch. In the wonderful small pavilion we had a memorable meal finishing with superb violet crumble, which included delicate chocolate mousse, violet ice cream which blew me away and even edible violets (pansies) with amazing home made honey comb. The experience was then even more enriched by our visit to one if my all time favourite museums, the Museum of Economic Geography, where the temporary art exhibition featured Coco de mer, the utterly sensuous seed pods of the sea coconut. All this for free (except the restaurant). I cannot understand why more tourists do not flock to Adelaide.

Visited November 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Beautiful spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

Lovely place for a picnic and right in the CBD. Very peaceful, never seems crowded. Have been there many times.

Visited January 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

Hi - we were there a week ago, arrived about 5 pm and leftt at 6:15 pm. We had a picnic by the glass house on the lawn. Most restful--- except for ---.

The only draw-back are the staff "boy racers" who hoon around - full throttle on what appears to be lap races. The roar of their engines shatters the tranquility - and one needs to watch out that they don't misjudge their throttling down. There appears to be no purpose to this activity save their own pleasure. Probably will take an accident for them to realise the extent of their foolishness.

Otherwise do visit --- the gardens are exceptional

Visited November 2013
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