The term ‘Shobosho’ translates from Japanese to ‘firehouse’, and one step through the door of Adelaide’s new Pan-Asian eatery, and you will find fire, smoke and steam at the heart of cooking in the open kitchen. By combining the ancient Japanese traditions of Yakitori, Shobosho is bringing authentic Asian fare straight from the streets of Kyoto.
Adelaide can thank hospitality guru, Simon Kardachi (Little Amsterdam, The Melting Pot, Osteria Oggi), and Head Chef, Adam Liston (Northern Light Yakitori Bar), for the new inner city eatery. Nestled within an up-and-coming social precinct known for its trendy bars and multiple new restaurants popping up weekly, Shoboshu has well and truly been turning up the heat since opening its doors earlier this year.
Adam is well versed in the demands of Asian cooking, having found his passion working in restaurants across Shanghai, Melbourne and Adelaide. Committed to bringing flavoursome Asian cooking to the heart of Adelaide, the menu reflects his extensive experience that can only come with truly immersing yourself in the culture of some of the world’s biggest cities. The team uses state of the art equipment, like the wood oven, hydraulic grill and custom built Tokitori pit to whip up authentic fare that is, of course, driven around cooking over fire. Premium ingredients are sourced fresh from local producers, whilst staples like soy sauce and chilli paste are imported from Korean suppliers.
The menu changes on a regular basis, depending on the season and the freshest produce available. However, crowd pleasers include the salt and vinegar Korean seaweed and Kingfish taco with apple and wasabi, or the chilli beef pot stickers to start. Move on to something a little larger like the 400-gram dry aged sirloin on the bone cooked over leaping flames with grilled Chinese broccoli and ‘shobosho-naise’. Top it all off with something sweet, like the pumpkin and miso ice cream with cream cheese and ginger cake.
Weekends play host to a play on yum cha with dim sum seatings from 11am – 1pm every Saturday and Sunday. With so much fire in the works, cool off with a tipple of two from the extensive list of international wines, sakes, liquors and beers.
In their contemporary space designed by Studio-Gram, this chic, Japanese inspired venue is well worth checking out whether it be a long lunch, dinner with friends or after work drinks turn dinner. Sit back, relax and let the fire do the talking.