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Where's the Best Restaurant around Leigh Street?

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Published November 13th 2022
One of the streets leading off Hindley Street, Leigh Street is home to a good variety of restaurants offering various types of cuisine. Various dining options are available, whether for those looking for a quick meal or more formal dining with a group of friends.

Offering a menu that varies with the seasons, Shobosho offers delectable Japanese cuisine in a setting quite similar to the Japanese bar known as izakaya. A dish that we enjoyed during our visit was the Wood Fire Oven Barramundi, which had grilled boneless barramundi wrapped in nori on a bed of ginger rice topped with a delectable sukiyaki sauce.

Best Restaurant around Leigh Street, Shobosho, Wood Fire Oven Barramundi, Adelaide
Shobosho's Wood Fire Oven Barramundi (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


For those looking for Korean cuisine, there is May Q Korean Restaurant. One of the dishes that we enjoyed there was the Tteoboki, which featured soft rice sticks in a sauce that was not too spicy. Fried dumplings and seaweed rolls came with the dish. They were served separately to ensure they did not become soggy.

Best Restaurant around Leigh Street, May Q Korean Restaurant, Tteoboki, Adelaide
May Q's Tteoboki (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Located on Peel Street, Kafana Kitchen & Bar is an award-winning restaurant specialising in European cuisine. Their Serbian Platter is a delectable feast, consisting of a selection of some of the restaurant's grilled meat dishes served with a garlic dipping sauce.

Best Restaurant around Leight Street, Kafana Kitchen & Bar, Serbian Platter, Adelaide
Kafana's Serbian Platter (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The sister restaurant to Shobosho, Shomen Ramen, as its name suggests, specialises in ramen dishes. The Mushroom Ramen offered here featured a chickpea miso broth, which had a delicious savoury flavour, with shiitake mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, a soy egg and fried onions serving as toppings for the dish.

Best Restaurant around Leigh Street, Shomen Ramen, Mushroom Ramen, Adelaide
Shomen's Mushroom Ramen (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


For those not in the mood for ramen, there is the Leigh Street branch of Ajisen Ramen which offers other Japanese dishes besides ramen. A non-noodle dish that we enjoyed there was Toridon, which had tender chunks of chicken cooked in a yakitori sauce. The sauce gave the dish its tasty sweet-savoury flavour. Also included in the dish was a small serving of pickled vegetables to provide some contrast to the chicken.

Best Restaurant around Leigh Street, Ajisen Ramen, Toridon, Adelaide
Ajisen Ramen's Toridon (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Where else have you enjoyed delicious food around Leigh Street? We would like to know so we can give them a try.
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