Beach Bum - Menu Tasting

Beach Bum - 47 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide SA 5006

O'Connell Street has gone through some changes over the last few years. We've seen some great new restaurants open up - Cliche, ChuckWagon 175, Lucky Lupita's and Gin Long Canteen are just a few of the many great places on this strip. One we hadn't yet tried was Beach Bum, so when we were offered an opportunity to check it out (via a voucher that funded some of the food and drinks), we were excited to see what the 'Hawaiian Kiosk' could offer.

Having a browse through the menu upon arrival, we were interested to see the amount of 'fusion' that was in place. It's a very seafood heavy menu, which was no surprise. There's also a Japanese and Malaysian influence throughout. A lot of the flavour combinations had us pretty excited, and we had to make some tough choices. We decided upon a few starters, mains to share and a dessert to share also, getting to try multiple parts of the menu.

Crispy Avocado Taco $5.90

First out was the Crispy Avocado Taco. Described as 'panko avocado, toasted flour tortilla with apple soy sauce, seaweed salad, shiitake mushroom, banana pepper and chipotle mayo' it was a nice combination of textures and flavours. The avocado was smooth, creamy and crunchy on the outer, and the sweet and sour balance was provided with the apple soy sauce, and a bit of spicy kick from the peppers. A great little starter.

Luau Pork Belly $13.50

The next starter that arrived was the Luau Pork Belly. This was crispy pork belly with passionfruit glaze on banana leaf with green chilli, watermelon, apple soy sauce, cilantro, coconut chips and mint. The Pork Belly was definitely the hero, crispy and deliciously moist, exactly how we like pork belly. The dressing, including the sweet watermelon, salty apple soy sauce and the abundance of cilantro all gave the dish a delicious mix of flavours and textures.

Fish & Chips $13.90

Being a 'kiosk' we knew we had to try what should be their bread and butter - the fish plate. We went with the Beach Bum Fish and Chips with 2 pieces to share. It's a good size to share between 2, each piece of fish was a decent size and an ample amount of chips were included. The tempura batter on the fish was nice and crunchy, not too thick and the fish was moist and chunky. The house made dipping sauce was a mix of what tasted like tartare, thousand island and some additional saltiness from a soy like sauce. It worked well with the fish.

The chips were great - super crunchy and salty. The mix of sweet potato and white potato was nice to mix flavours and textures. The slaw on the side was delicious, fresh, crunchy and had a dressing which was heavy on the Tamari - a great contrast to the flavours and textures throughout. A great example of delivering different flavours in a classic meal with a bit more of a classy delivery too.

Spencer Gulf Whiting

Our second main meal was from the specials menu. This was a Spencer Gulf whiting with a red curry sauce, rice and tempura vegetables. Again, an interesting mix of cultures, flavours and textures but we agreed this was the best dish on the night. The fish was fresh and crunchy and the vegetables slightly smoky but still firm and sweet. The rice used was sushi rice, which added another different texture, but the hero was the sauce. Sweet, spicy and creamy, it was the element that tied the whole dish together, and there was plenty of it too! This was one of those dishes you'd order every time you returned, pity it's only a special!

Kona Brownie $10.90

For dessert we decided to share the Kona Brownie. Given we've experienced some pretty spectacular brownies from Jamie's Italian and Sean's Kitchen, we were eager to see how this stacked up. The warm dark chocolate walnut brownie was served a little on the undercooked side. We both likened it to more of a pudding like texture rather than a solid brownie texture. The espresso, fudge and chocolate ice cream it was served with was delicious, albeit, light on with the coffee (or perhaps we just drink too much coffee :-))

Hawaiian Beer

If you are looking for a meal that isn't your typical seafood or modern Australian fusion approach, Beach Bum will give you some really different but still familiar choices. And the beer and wine list is full of good locals and some Hawaiians feature too.

Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly: The menu is heavily seafood and meat focused but there are a few vegetarian, gluten free and one vegan option outlined on the menu.
Child Friendly: Leave the kids at home and make this your date night, friend catchup or business lunch or dinner venue.

Ambiance: 4/5 - Very casual and comfortable. Great for couples, singles and groups.
Service: 3/5 - Friendly staff with table service, albeit a little casual and slow at times.
Food: 8/10 - Flavourful, tasty, different.

In total OTCB gives Beach Bum 15/20 Chops On The Chopping Board.

Things to know:
  • Two sittings are available for dinner, 6pm and 8pm. 
  • Be aware of closing times. We were advised at 9:30pm it was last drinks. 
  • There is a separate lunch time menu also (which we didn't try). 
  • A good option for a big group with feed me menus available. 
  • Make sure you take photos and tag @onthechoppingboard #otcb and let us know what you ordered and loved.

Beach Bum Hawaiian Kiosk Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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