Plain Jane is the newest bar and restaurant to join the foodie-loving precinct at Leigh Street. In the past seven years Adelaide’s laneways and sidestreets have upgraded to rival Melbourne. The picturesque Leigh Street, with its beautiful cobblestone and replica vintage street sign, transforms this western part of the CBD. Plain Jane have brought new life to their two-storey heritage-listed building on the coveted street.
The large open window front and centre of the building invites even passers-by to come in. When the warmer weather arrives the al fresco dining will transport you to a European café in your mind. Inside your eyes are immediately drawn to the bar; a dark wood top over a lit up metallic rose gold finish. Behind it are rows of wine and liquor, and prosecco, Estrella and Furphy on tap ready to refresh you. The signature cocktail Parisienne Jane – made with Chambord, vodka, pineapple and sirop de monin – is too tasty and sweet to drink slowly.
Choose which level you want to have your cocktail on if you’re not prepared to carry your drink up or down stairs. On the upper level the venue takes inspiration from speakeasy bars with chesterfield armchairs and chandeliers. The space is open and large with another bar and high tables and stools ideal for gathering a group. The prominent wall murals and oversized framed mirrors will make for great photos to document nights out.
The restaurant-bar-café hybrid of Plain Jane welcomes everyone from party-goers to suits throughout different times of the day. During the working week enjoy a scrumptious breakfast to kick start your day, or a tasty to lunch to lift your mood. If coming in later with friends for drinks, there are plenty of dishes perfect for sharing including stuffed green olives, pizza and karaage chicken.
Adelaide’s star chef Nu Suandokmai (Lantern by Nu) and restaurateur Vince Loprete (Italian Kitchen @ Two Twenty) have created a menu combining flavours from around the world. The authentic flavours of France, Thailand, Lebanon and Italy come together with local ingredients. These tastes are not only on display in the meals, but in the hot nuts to enjoy at the bar. Try the pan-fried hot nuts in Thai, Italian or French for $12.
Treat yourself to this mouthwatering menu starting with fluffy and light vegetarian arancini, pulled beef cheek money bags or oven baked chicken wings in Italian herbs. For a taste from the sea try the salt and pepper squid, crispy prawn popcorn or the range of fresh SA oysters. The Thai oysters made with fresh chili, coriander and ginger and topped with nimjam sauce are spicy and refreshing.
The energetic 25-year-old owner Joe alongside experienced restaurateurs are excited about the possibilities their new venture holds. In the first two months of opening the bar is a hit with weekend crowds.
For a trendy central venue for your next meal or knock off drinks meet up with Plain Jane.
Words by Chloe Cannell
WHERE: 18 Leigh St, Adelaide