Gin Long Canteen, North Adelaide

Gin Long Canteen, the newbie down O’Connell Street specialises in South East Asian hawker style street food, they’re from the same people as the Chinese eatery down on Gouger Street: Concubine.

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Menu, crab tile artwork, dining area

We visited on a late Friday night for a quick bite after a night out at Adelaide Arena where we watched the 36ers win (woo!). The space was modern, casual and very open with timber framed shelves, hanging light bulbs, funky tiled art decor of a crab, cow and fishes(?) along one wall and great attention paid to the ceilings with geometric shapes created by ceiling skirting – super cool. Seeing that it was quite late, we dabbled into their ‘eat small’ side of the menu and ordered a handful of small dishes to share which kept our late night hunger at bay along with a beverage each.

Our drinks were presented first, a young coconut juice for him and a homemade soda of lemongrass bitters for I, both at $5.00. With the coconut juice, we were on the assumption that a fresh coconut juice was going to be presented, but instead we got the ones in the plastic cups that our mums usually picked up on her way home from the asian grocers – anyone else know what I’m talking about? Now that was a hit to our pockets considering we can usually pick them up at the local asian grocers for under a buck! As for my lemongrass bitters, I would stick with the usual of lemon lime bitters as the lemongrass hit wasn’t prominent enough for my tastebuds.

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Ramli slider; $6.00
Honey glazed pork neck skewer; $9.50
Grilled chicken satay; $9.00

It didn’t take long for our food to arrive. A ramli slider of chicken, egg and curry mayo, honey glazed pork neck skewers with sesame peanuts and galangal and grilled chicken satay sticks with ketupat rice cake, cucumber and spicy peanut sauce. Someone in the kitchen was quite heavy handed on the salt for the honey glazed pork neck skewer as it had me reaching for my lemongrass bitters after my first bite, >.< soooooo salty! As for the chicken satay sticks, the sauce was on the greasy side, it was thick and gluggy that once we picked up the skewer, the sauce just slid off the meat and laid in a puddle on the plate. #nogood

We thought the food portions were too small and pricy however the service was good, quick and easy going although we’re in no rush to return. We visited the canteen quite early on during their opening stages so I think there are probably still some kinks to iron out.. but don’t take my word for it, it seems as if many others have had better experiences at Gin Long Canteen than us. Have you been? Let me know what you think! What should I order should I make a return visit?


Gin Long Canteen
42 O’Connell Street
North Adelaide SA 5006
P 08 7120 2897

Opening hours
Sun-Mon Closed
Tue-Thu 12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9.30pm
Fri 12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm
Sat 5.30pm-11.30pm

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6 comments for “Gin Long Canteen, North Adelaide

  1. Phuong
    December 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Hrm, I agree with you on the Coco juice. I was expecting the same.

    I ordered Chao Tom, Spring Rolls (because it said it was the one wrapped in noodles so I assumed it would be like in Vietnam wrapped in Banh Hoi – I was wrong.), Larb Chicken and they threw in a Chicken/Prawn dumplings complimentary.

    Chao Tom, the noodles were cold and hard. (?) The sauce was a mix of hoisin and sriracha straight from the bottle. ICK
    The Larb Chicken was so salty and all I could taste was chilli,
    Spring Rolls had strands of carrot, chicken and something else that is obviously not worth mentioning.

    The only thing I liked was the complimentary dish because it was an identical to ‘Sea Star’ dumplings LOL.

    I had high expectations.. so disappointed.

    • dee
      December 31, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Fail! At least you got a tasty freebie… haha. I don’t think I’d go back..

  2. February 12, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    I’m heading there tonight … feel a bit ambivalent about the experience now! But I’ll report back!

    • dee
      February 12, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      Looking forward to seeing how your experience goes! 😉

  3. FK
    August 8, 2014 at 10:31 PM


    Got the coconut juice which should be FRESH for $5! All the other dishes were small and over-priced … the bill was over $160 for 4 people, and we were still hungry at the end of it 🙁

  4. Julie-Thuy
    October 26, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Our food wasn’t that great, it was either too salty or bland and the service was terrible – very rude and rushed! There was a long line outside and they kept asking us if we were finished. Needless to say we won’t be coming back!

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