Comida Inc is situated on an expansive block on Mount Barker Road previously occupied by the Seasonal Garden Cafe. It's owner Brad Sappenberghs' first bricks-and-mortar venue and an evolution of the Comida brand, which started as a home-based catering company.
The spacious property has a lush garden out the back where Sappenberghs grows his own fruits and veggies, and where functions are hosted. To the left of the outdoor area there are garden beds growing tomato, zucchini, cucumber and eggplant plus a variety of different herbs. Next to these is a line of over a dozen fruit trees producing apples, cherries and a wide range of plums. All of this produce makes it onto the menu in some form.
At brunch time, try the signature tortilla, torrijas (Spanish-style French toast) and a take on bacalao (salted cod) with salted, slow-poached mulloway from the Coorong served with fried eggs, greens and mojo verde sauce. Lunch plates include chicken from Nomad Farms served with sweetcorn, ajo blanco (cold almond soup) and pickles; lamb ribs with a sherry vinegar glaze served with pressed potato and a caper salad; and patatas bravas (fried potatoes) with aioli and tomato chilli jam. For tapas, there’s smoked cheese and leek croquetas, beef-cheek empanadillas, manchego cheese custard with truffle chips and more.
The wine list homes in on lo-fi Adelaide Hills producers such as Guthrie, Ochota Barrels and Basket Range Wine. Beers are mostly local, too.
Just behind the restaurant is a deck that overlooks the whole garden with a woodfired oven and an outdoor bar that's used on weekends and for events. Patrons can also grab a rug and buy picnic snacks and a bottle of wine to take out into the garden, where Sappenberghs’ signature paella makes semi-regular appearances.