Experience No.087 in Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences.
The food’s feral at the Prairie Hotel, and they’re fiercely proud of it. Everything from emu omelettes to camel sausage is on the menu at this remote restaurant in SA’s Flinders Ranges.
If you can kill it, they’ll grill it: kangaroo fillet, camel sausage and emu fillet mignon are piled high on a mound of gravy and mashed potato.
The infamous pit stop attracts travellers from far and wide and has won awards for its food, atmosphere and accommodation. The staff say they never know who will pop in – Sir David Attenborough, Kate Winslet and Rachel Ward have all come by for a taste.
The main reason people travel the 470km northeast of Adelaide is for the food. The kitchen goes to great lengths to source South Australian food for a menu that changes seasonally – but for more than 15 years you’ve always been able to get the Feral Mixed Grill.
If you can kill it, they’ll grill it: kangaroo fillet, camel sausage and emu fillet mignon are piled high on a mound of gravy and mashed potato. Camel mettwurst, King George whiting, kangaroo schnitzel and rabbit curry are some of the other meat dishes.
Carnivores aren’t the only ones catered for by consultant chef Andrew Fielke – there’s a variety of salads on the menu, stocked with native fruit ‘n’ veg like bush tomatoes, lemon myrtle and wattle seed. Finish the meal off with a quandong crumble pie or King Island cheese.
The kitchen uses paperbark instead of alfoil and sends staff to gather watercress from Parachilna Gorge down the road.
Where: West Terrace, Parachilna SA. (08) 8648 4895, www.prairiehotel.com.au
Did you know: Roads in and out of town have a claim to fame too: the Flinders Ranges have graced movie screens in Rabbit Proof Fence, The Lighthorseman and Gallipoli.