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.
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.
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?
42 O’Connell Street
North Adelaide SA 5006
P 08 7120 2897
Tue-Thu 12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9.30pm
Fri 12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm