Sometimes when you’re at work you desperately need to treat yourself fabulously on your lunch break. Other times, you may want to treat yourself just because you deserve it… Express lunches are a great way to sample a dining experience from some of the finest restaurants for just a fraction of the price (and for when you’re short of time)! We set out to find the best express lunches in the CBD!

Coal Cellar + Grill
Hilton Adelaide
233 Victoria Square

Situated on the ground floor of the Hilton, in the heart of the CBD, Coal Cellar + Grill is perhaps most well-known for their express lunches, offering a main menu option with a glass of house wine or beer and a coffee to finish. There are four dishes to choose from including, coriander and lime chicken, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, pistachio rice and prawn and black lentil salad, roasted fennel and grapefruit, avocado, rocket, citrus dressing. If you’re looking to impress potential business clients, the atmosphere at Coal Cellar + Grill is the ideal venue.

View the full menu here.

Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar
94 Frome Road
Adelaide

Restaurateur and former Masterchef finalist Andre Ursini opened Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar a few years ago and now the restaurant is one of Adelaide’s fine dining institutions. Serving incredible authentic Italian shared dishes, it’s amazing that now you can grab quick lunch meals and still receive a true Andre’s experience. There are six items available on the ‘quick lunch’ menu featuring three pasta dishes and three panini options for those really short of time! For the sandwich lover, we suggest trying the pork belly panini with lemon aioli, rocket and pecorino. If you’re after pasta, the pappardelle with salsiccia, marsala, parmigiano and basil is a must-try!

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La Boca Bar and Grill
150 North Terrace
Adelaide

The best bang for your buck express lunch option belongs to La Boca Bar and Grill for their $12 lunch menu! The Argentinian restaurant located at the Stamford Grand specialises in authentic Argentinian cuisine with a wood-fired Parilla and a traditional asado cooking style. Following a four-step system, you first choose your preferred meat, chicken, beef, pork, squid (or mushrooms for the vegetarians!) and then a side and sauce. We suggest opting for the La Boca signature beef skirt with bulgur wheat, tomato cucumber and mint salad and Asador Jus.

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Rigoni’s Bistro
27 Leigh Street
Adelaide

Located on the bustling Leigh Street, Rigoni’s Bistro is another Adelaide fine-dining favourite. For $25 you’ll be treated to a two course express lunch with a starter of antipasti e pane with white anchovies, olives, pickled green tomatoes and a slice of ciabatta followed by one of three main meal options. This menu changes, but has included delicious past dishes such as carpaccio di tonno – southern bluefin tuna carpaccio with avocado, cucumber, baby basil and David Franz vino cotto. If that’s not enough there’s also the option to add cheese after your meal for only $8!

View the full sample menu here.

Jamie’s Italian
2 King William Street
Adelaide  

A restaurant that needs no introduction Jamie’s Italian. Not only is the fit-out of the restaurant stunning, but the food is second-to-none. (I mean it was created by world-renowned chef Jamie Oliver)! Available from 12-5pm the dining options available are set up to suit those looking for a quick bite to eat to those looking for a longer, more relaxed lunch. From three options, diners can choose one course for $20, two courses for $25 and three courses for $35. The brilliant thing about Jamie’s Italian’s super lunch options is the inclusion of dessert! If you’re wanting to indulge in three courses, our top picks include a starter of truffle tagliatelle followed by pumpkin ravioli and an epic brownie to finish.

View the full menu here.