Lost in a Forest

Lose yourself in a world of Basket Range wines and spectacular pizza inside a former church.
Hayley Taylor
Published on August 19, 2020


The sunshine pouring through stained-glass windows of this repurposed church is where the Sunday-mass-vibes stop. A mural of a forest silhouette arches from floor to ceiling, and warm fires set the scene both indoors and out at Uraidla's Lost in a Forest.

Of the three co-owners, Taras Ochota, Nick Filsell and Charlie Lawrence, Ochota and his wife Amber are the brains behind the Basket Range drops of Ochota Barrels. You'll find their wines here, alongside a range from other local and international producers. Beers, spirits and cheerful service can always be found behind the bar, too.

Filsell, who's played head chef in several popular Adelaide kitchens, knows how to make more than a margherita ($20). His organic pizzas will first make you raise an eyebrow, and then raise your expectations of what's possible within the realm of tasteful combinations. Okonomiyaki ($25) and banh mi ($27) pizza for the bold, 'shroom ($26) and sopressa ($24) for the traditionalists.

Attention to detail and quality ingredients bring them all to the next level, whether its saffron-infused oil, chilli-infused honey or 20-hour cider braised pork.

With the warmth of the fireplace rising to the exposed beams of a cathedral ceiling, Lost in Forest's mezzanine level offers a private, cosy nook to work your way through the weird and wonderful menu.


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