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Where's the Best Restaurant on Hindley Street?

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Published November 5th 2018
Named after British social reformist Charles Hindley, Hindley Street is more than just a popular hangout for the nightlife crowd, it also features a wide variety of restaurants. The range of restaurants is very diverse, ranging from little cafes, pub-style settings to more upmarket restaurants.

The Akimitsu on this street is the first of the Japan-based chain of restaurants to be opened in Australia. It specialises in offering the Japanese dish, Tempura. We liked that the seafood in their Tempura had a fresh taste and the batter coating was crisp and light. Diners have the choice of ordering the Tempura by itself or with rice as part of a "Don" dish.

Hindley Street, Akimitsu, Deluxe Tendon, Adelaide
Akimitsu's Deluxe Tendon (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

Primarily catering for the takeaway crowd, Yiannis on Hindley is where you can enjoy the popular Greek dish, Yiros. Their Lamb Yiros was enjoyable, featuring succulent meat that did not taste too "lamby", a flavour that can be off-putting to some. For a unique experience, you can have Greek coffee to accompany your meal.

Hindley Street, Yiannis on Hindley, Lamb Yiros, Adelaide
Yiannis' Lamb Yiros (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

For those wanting Malaysian street food, there is Honki Tonki Restaurant. Coconut Laksa Soup is one of the dishes offered there. Their portion sizes were a bit smaller compared to similar dishes, making it great for those not blessed with a big appetite.

Hindley Street, Honki Tonki, Coconut Laksa Soup, Adelaide
Honki Tonki's Coconut Laksa Soup (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

Despite what its name suggests, dumplings are not the only dishes you can enjoy at MW Dumplings. This restaurant also offers a wide range of noodle dishes featuring Guilin and LiuZhou noodles. One of the noodle dishes is the Dry Guilin Rice Noodles, which had a nice meaty texture from the minced pork and a sauce that provided a delectable tongue-tingling sensation.

Hindley Street, MW Dumplings,Dry Guilin Rice Noodles, Adelaide
MW Dumplings' Dry Guilin Rice Noodles (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

A convenient eating place for students at the University of South Australia's City West Campus, New India Restaurant specialises in serving up yummy Indian cuisine. Their Fish Malabar is a good choice for diners unsure about their tolerance to spicy foods. The fish was served in a gravy that had a bit of a sweet taste.

Hindley Street, New India Restaurant, Fish Malabar, Adelaide
New India Restaurant's Fish Malabar (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

For Indian cuisine in a more formal setting, there is Tandoori Hut Restaurant. Their Hut's Mixed Platter is great for those that want to try all of their Tandoori dishes. All the meat and seafood had a delectable spiced flavour.

Hindley Street, Tandoori Hut Restaurant, Hut's Mixed Platter, Adelaide
Tandoori Hut Restaurant's Hut's Mixed Platter (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

Thai Lucky Bell is the place to go to if you are looking for delicious Thai food. A dish you can enjoy at this restaurant is Nua Tod Grob, which consisted of deep-fried pieces of beef in a spicy Thai sauce that tasted a bit similar to a sweet and sour sauce.

Hindley Street, Thai Lucky Bell, Nua Tod Grob, Adelaide
Thai Lucky Bell's Nua Tod Grob (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

Short for Tammy's Meat Rolls, TMR Bistro is a favourite with locals looking for tasty Vietnamese food. The meat rolls known as Banh Mi is their most popular dish. The Roast Pork Banh Mi was hearty enough for one, consisting of a filling of juicy roast pork with crisp crackling complemented by slices of carrot and cucumber.

Hindley Street, TMR Bistro, Roast Pork Banh Mi, Adelaide
TMR Bistro's Roast Pork Banh Mi (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

Those looking for Australian pub food can give Woolshed on Hindley a try. We particularly enjoyed the Chicken Schnitzel, which had perfectly cooked flesh set off by crisp crumb coating. Various deals are available between Mondays and Thursdays to help make eating there more affordable.

Hindley Street, Woolshed on Hindley, Chicken Schnitzel, Adelaide
Woolshed on Hindley's Chicken Schnitzel (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

Some of the other places we have enjoyed delicious food are Lord of the Fries, which specialises in vegetarian takes of fast food favourites such as burgers and Mr Cheese Cheesecake Shop where you can purchase Asian cheesecakes.

Where else on Hindley Street have you enjoyed delicious food? We would like to know so we can go have a taste.
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HI, I wish you would include in your restaurant reviews- if there are any gluten free options and the size or number of seats available.
Unfortunately the best restaurant in Hindley St is now closed. It was Quiet Waters, a basement location with Lebanese food. It was the best. And belly dancing! It was there for about 25 years. Now there are too many Asian restaurants. Hindley St needs more of a mix, more variety.
by Kat May (score: 3|1434) 644 days ago

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