The Olfactory Inn

What they say

“We’re convinced that the provenance of the food is playing a major role in how people choose to eat in a restaurant setting. We work with local producers within an approximate fifty-kilometre​ radius to create dynamic, delicious dishes on regularly changing menus. Food miles down, food nutrition up, feedback channels clearer and healthier than ever – as they should be. What a joy it is bringing this to a dining customer four days a week at the Inn.”

Signature Dishes

Coorong crumble: pan-fried Coorong carp with lemongrass, kaffir lime, chilli, fried shallot, peanuts, and toasted rice; Coorong mulloway and Goolwa cockle escabeche with saffron; and Nomad chicken “carpet bag” with Goolwa cockles.

What we say

Set in an old stone cottage in a sleepy country town, this is the sort of warm and friendly place you could stumble on by mistake and never want to leave. It’s that magical combo of make-yourself-at-home hospitality from Lauren Alexander – right down to your bill being written by hand on the back of an old menu – and unpretentious but intriguing cooking with an East-West influence from Simon Burr. Go out of your way to have the Coorong “carp larp”, a clever way of rebooting a much-maligned fish.

What others say

“Its impressive from go to whoa, right down to the house-roasted coffee. Its a whole world, and just 45 minutes from Adelaide. Get outta town.”

–John Lethlean, The Australian


Country cottage restaurant with a personal touch


Simon Burr, chef/partner & Lauren Alexander, partner


Lunch Thursday to Sunday, dinner Thursday to Saturday


35 High Street, Strathalbyn, SA 5255


+61 (0)447 771 750



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