Known for its authentic Tuscan recipes and upscale ambiance, L’Ombra brings a refined taste of Italy to Adelaide’s West Lakes. Focusing on quality ingredients prepared traditionally, a meal at L’Ombra will transport you straight to the Italian countryside without leaving South Australia.
This guide covers everything you need to know to enjoy the Tuscan flavors and welcoming hospitality offered at L’Ombra Restaurant. We’ll explore the regional menu highlights, wines, rustic-chic decor, specialty dishes and more. Read on to plan an exceptional Italian dining experience at this West Lakes gem.
Overview of L’Ombra Restaurant
L’Ombra, meaning “shadow” in Italian, creates a relaxing escape into the spirit of Tuscany through its charming food and decor. Dishes celebrate Tuscan recipes handmade using premium local produce and imports.
The menu showcases antipasti, homemade pastas, wood-fired pizzas, grilled meats and Italian wines – all crafted under the expertise of Head Chef Jake Kellie. With refined service led by a Tuscan-born Maitre D’, you feel whisked away to a family trattoria in Italy.
Housed within the West Lakes Hotel complex, the 180-seat restaurant features intimate dining zones and al fresco lakeside seating. With its idyllic location and commitment to authenticity, L’Ombra stands out as one of Adelaide’s top Italian restaurants.
Spotlight on Tuscan-Inspired Cuisine
L’Ombra specializes in the regional home-style cooking of Tuscany. Dishes you can expect:
- Antipasti – Italian cured meats, cheeses, grilled and marinated veggies.
- Pasta – Handmade pastas like pappardelle with ragu.
- Wood-fired pizza – Super thin and crispy crust Neapolitan-style pizzas.
- Grilled meats – Premium beef tagliatas and herb-rubbed lamb chops.
- Seafood– Local prawns, mussels, and fish like barramundi.
- Sides – Roast potatoes, greens, salads incorporating Tuscan flavors.
Menus change seasonally based on produce availability to ensure freshness. But traditional Tuscan soul comes through.
Notable Dinner Entrees
While the menu offers variety across antipasti, pizza, pasta, secondi and more, notable entree highlights include:
- Duck ravioli – Handmade pasta stuffed with confit duck and dressed with burnt orange glaze.
- Porchetta – 16 hour slow roasted pork belly finished with fennel, garlic and herbs.
- Pesce del giorno – Fresh fish of the day grilled with lemon and herbs.
- Bistecca alla Fiorentina – 500g T-Bone steak cooked over the wood fire grill.
- Agnello – Herb and mustard-crusted lamb rump with chickpea puree.
The premium meat, seafood and pasta combinations exemplify Tuscan cooking.
Rustic Wood-Fired Pizzas
No Italian restaurant is complete without proper pizza – and L’Ombra’s are baked to perfection in the wood-fired oven.
Top pizzas include:
- Margherita – The classic tomato, mozzarella and basil.
- Diavola – A spicy number with hot salami, black olives and roasted peppers.
- Frutti di Mare – Prawns, mussels, calamari and garlic oil on a white base.
- Capricciosa – Ham, mushrooms, olives and artichokes.
The crispy thin crust with inventive toppings makes these excellent for sharing.
Cocktails and Italian Wines
To complement the food, L’Ombra offers premium Italian beverages:
- Cocktails – Refreshing Italian-inspired cocktails like the Bellini and Negroni.
- Wine – A curated wine list with over 140 Italian labels and 12 available by the glass.
- Beer – Peroni, imported Italian brews and local craft beers.
- Spirits – Italian amari, grappa, limoncello, and espresso martinis.
Knowledgeable staff provide spot-on recommendations to pair with your meal. The wine list shines in particular.
Chic Restaurant Design and Views
L’Ombra’s elegant dining spaces create a relaxing Tuscan refuge:
- Intimate dining zones surrounded by olive trees with curtains for privacy.
- Flickering candles and pendant lighting for romantic ambiance.
- Rustic touches like terracotta pots, wood tables, and distressed leather chairs.
- Lakeside outdoor seating with serene views.
- White marble bar and open kitchen providing peeks behind the scenes.
The refined yet welcoming vibe makes your visit feel special.
Open Hours and Location
L’Ombra Restaurant is located within the West Lakes Hotel complex at:
441 Morphett Rd, West Lakes, SA 5021
Monday – Sunday 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – late
The restaurant has its own parking and is near West Lakes bus interchange. Booking ahead is recommended to secure tables.
Tips for an Exceptional Meal
To make the most of dining at L’Ombra West Lakes:
- Opt for the 7 course regional tasting menu to sample the highlights
- Have an Aperol spritz on the terrace before your meal
- Ask waitstaff to recommend wines to perfectly complement your dishes
- Request a waterfront table to enjoy the tranquil views
- Save room for desserts like the tiramisu or gelato
- Make reservations in advance, especially on weekends
Immerse yourself in the flavors of Tuscany for the evening at L’Ombra Restaurant. Everything from the ambiance to the food and service make you feel whisked away to a charming Italian countryside trattoria. It’s the perfect choice for any special occasion or for devoted Italian cuisine lovers.