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Jul 1, 2013 07:14 PM

Magill Estate (Adelaide) Re-Opening: 28 August 2013

Hi All,

Just thought I would let those who may be living or visiting Adelaide know that are much anticipation, Magill Estate has now announced it will be opening in the last week of August. For those traveling from overseas to Australia with an interest in wine, Penfolds is one of Australia's oldest and most acclaimed wine producers and their restaurant at Magill's Estate aims to develop Penfold's reputation further.

Here's the email I received today....

Dear Magill Estate Friends,

After much anticipation we are pleased to advise Magill Estate Restaurant is scheduled to open on Wednesday 28 August 2013 and we will start to take reservations from Monday 29 July.

Much progress has been made in the redevelopment of the Restaurant over recent months and we’re quietly confident the end result will exceed your expectations.

We are pleased to announce we have appointed a new Executive Chef, Scott Huggins. Scott has an international career spanning 15 years. He has held various positions refining his culinary expertise at several high-end destination and Michelin star restaurants around the world including: The Royal Mail Hotel (Dunkeld, Victoria), Tippling Club (Singapore), Iggy’s (The Hilton, Singapore), Ezard at the Adelphi (Melbourne, Victoria), Micolau Hotel and Restaurant (Spain).

Scott’s most recent position was at Nihonryori Ryugin (Tokyo) a highly respected three Michelin star restaurant ranked number 22 on the 2013 World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and ranked number two ‘Best Restaurant’ in Asia (San Pelligrino). Scott is committed to working closely with the team to build on the reputation of Magill Estate Restaurant as well as drawing on his international experiences to incorporate his own fresh ideas into the menu to deliver the total Penfolds experience.

Please note, upon re-opening the Restaurant will not cater for weddings or sole use functions.

We look forward to welcoming you to the new Magill Estate Restaurant.

Kind regards,

The Magill Estate Restaurant Team

Magill Estate Restaurant
78 Penfold Road | Magill | SA 5072
T: +61 8 8301 5551| F: +61 8 8301 5554

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    1. re: PhilD

      I used it a bit for overseas visitors if we were in Adelaide. It seemed to just close a few years ago 'for redevelopment' and never got round to reopening.

      It's a great view on an evening, when I last went it was a bit up itself in an 80s kind of way but I wouldn't have said it lost its way or anything cataclysmic like that

      1. re: PhilD

        I believe it closed so the previous Head Chef, Jock Zonfrillo, could travel around the world to learn what the best restaurants in the world were doing. I believe their intention is or was at least to re-open Magill Estate as a world-renown leading winery restaurant.

        Part of it could also be the economic downturn and lack of tourism etc into Australia while the dollar was high... (it was originally scheduled to reopen late last year).

        1. re: keedm002

          Interesting - I lived in Adelaide when it opened and probably went in the first weeks. Always thought it was a great for a big night ou, but still a local place - i can see how they moved it from local to "international" and lost direction.

          Anyone remember the Uraidla Aristologist...?

          1. re: PhilD

            Indeed, Jock Zonfrillo toured the world extensively, and took many of his team to Asia during the downtime for renovations.
            All at the expense of Penfolds.
            Then when he returned, he quit.