Hotaru, Adelaide

Ahh, time to hit the streets of Adelaide with my good buddy N in search of where to eat and of course, where not to eat! Having received “Adelaide’s Food Guide 10”, the equivalent of Sydneys Good Food Guide, (only difference is that ours only comes out once every two years, boooo!), N and I scouted a few Japanese restaurants that we have yet to try and decided to give one a go. Truth is, I’m going to try to work through the entire guide… maybe not within the year though! Anyhoos, Japanese restaurant chosen: Hotaru located down the road from the precinct of Chinatown.


hotaru, takoyaki
Takoyaki, $5.80
This came with no mayo which was quite the disappointment… I mean, sure… I did ask for some, but still… the fact is, it should come with mayo is default. Maybe it’s cause the owners aren’t Japanese but really Chinese! *gasp* It’s true, the owners of Hotaru are indeed Chinese.

hotaru, seaweed salad
Seaweed salad, $8.90
This was a lot bigger than what I’m used to, and a notable difference was that the seaweed was on a bed of different salad leaves… strange… but true, and not very great. Where art thou beansprouts I ask?

hotaru, miso soup
Miso soup, $3.90
Surprisingly, the best dish of the day… is it even a dish?! The soup was packed full of flavour and with sliced button mushrooms floating on the surface? What more can one ask for… oh that’s right, mayo on the takoyaki!!!

Soft shell crab roll – 4 pieces, $6.90
Scallop sushi, $6.90
Sea urchin sushi, $8.90
Grilled beef sushi, $4.90

hotaru, dessert, red bean mochi
Red bean mochi, $8.90
Massive fail, what a disappoint when it came to dessert. The mochi was definitely store bought, the skin was tough and thick, and the filling was overly dense and stodgy. FAIL!


162/164 Gouger St
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8410 2838

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1 comment for “Hotaru, Adelaide

  1. December 23, 2014 at 2:12 PM

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