In the 1950s, all that stood in this iconic location was a car park with a small kiosk. Even then it was the best spot for uninterrupted panoramic views of Adelaide, with the address a tourist destination in itself. In October 1982 Windy Point as we know it today opened.
Every detail was custom designed to maximise the benefits of this stunning location. Positioned in the Adelaide foothills, we have all the tranquility and beauty of the Australian bush, just 15 minutes south of the city, with ample car and tour bus parking. The unique opportunity for a ‘virtual’ tour of Adelaide from the comfort of your dining chair is irresistible.
Today, over thirty years later it is still in the family, owned by Daniel Sparr in partnership with General Manager and Executive Chef Justin Miles, having provided an unsurpassed dining experience to more than 1.5 million local, national and international guests over the years.
Born and raised in Adelaide, Justin first refined his culinary skills under the direction of Ann Oliver at Mistress Augustine’s in North Adelaide. Continuing his craft, he travelled around the world, working in London at Bibendum Restaurant, in the NSW ski fields and later the Noosa Springs Golf Resort. Joining Windy Point Restaurant and Cafe in 2008, Justin utilises regional, seasonal produce to bring our guests the very best contemporary Australian cooking. He is always out and about looking for new ingredients and inspirations to create new, exciting dishes and experiences. On his days off Justin can be found on the golf course followed by a leisurely lunch. Once a year you are likely to find Justin celebrating his wedding anniversary, having some down time and exploring the food and culture in Vietnam.
Growing up in Sydney and Lismore on the north coast of NSW, Clare started her hospitality career by completing a traineeship through Gardener Merchant Rowland at the Sydney Powerhouse Museum. She then worked in iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Art Gallery. After moving to Adelaide Clare joined Windy Point as a waiter working her way through setting the Restaurant, answering the phones and finally successfully running the business alongside Justin. Clare has a passion for local and regional produce, being a Sunday regular at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market as well as her own vegies and chooks at home. Clare is also our personal in-house environmentalist, actively recycling anything remotely recyclable and is now dreaming of an onsite food composter.
Brendan was born in Adelaide but grew up in the Riverland after moving there at a young age. Beginning his career at Rendezvous House in Angaston as a dishie and then later being offered an apprenticeship, Brendan’s time at Windy Point started out as a dinner guest, specifically eating the signature Spencer Gulf King Prawn on a snapper and pecorino crêpe. And so it was, after stating that one day he would work at a restaurant like that, he joined the team, completing his apprenticeship at Windy Point in 2011 and now as our Restaurant Head Chef. In his spare time Brendan loves to do what his grandmother did: pickling, smoking and foraging foods for new creations. And of course, discovering new unique craft beers.
Born and raised in Adelaide, but also spending some time in Melbourne and country Victoria, Daryl has had a huge range of experience across all levels of the hospitality industry. Originally starting in the kitchen as short order cook, he decided to move into front of house after wanting to emulate Tom Cruise in his film “Cocktail”. From there Daryl worked in restaurants, hotels, function centres, pubs and coffee shops until he joined Windy Point on recommendation from the Playford Hotel, working his way from waiter to Cafe Manager and then to Venue Manager. Cooking is still a favourite past time, and he lives by the motto of “good food, good wine and good company”. Daryl can also be found admiring and dreaming about classic cars, in particular the classic Ford Mustang.
Born in Adelaide, Nathan has a strong European background which influenced his path in the hospitality industry. Gaining experience as a kitchen hand at the Italian Veneto Function Centre, he then moved to Vino Ristorante in Unley where he started his training. Vino’s head chef arranged an interview for Nathan with Justin and he was offered a position at Windy Point. Upon completion of his apprenticeship, Nathan was promoted to the Cafe Head Chef. Wherever possible, Nathan loves to learn about people, their cultures and what they eat, always wanting to be around food and loving everything about it, with his passion extending beyond just his work. An avid sports lover, he follows the European sporting scene and secretly he’s a pretty skilful tennis player!
Calling Adelaide home, Kimberley is the youngest of our team and the perfect example of our promoting and training from within policy. When looking for a workplace for her industry placement as she studied for her Certificate II in Hospitality, she chose Windy Point. After finishing her placement, she was offered a casual position, working her way up to the management team, eager to learn or gain experience wherever she can. In addition to working fulltime, she is also currently studying for her Bachelor of Business Management, specialising in French Language, with all things French offering her great excitement. Kimberley loves dogs, looking forward to owning three of her own in the near future and currently supports and helps the RSPCA in her spare time.