Adelaide people in the know are well aware that Gouger Street is a big win win in terms of great dining and a great variety of cuisine. East Taste is a little Asian restaurant on Gouger; small in size but huge in atmosphere, food and flavour. While East Taste isn't the only Asian restaurant along Gouger, it is certainly one of the best in terms of taste and price.
Personally my favourite type of cuisine is Asian, so when word-of-mouth finally got around to me, I had to try it for myself. East Taste has been receiving rave reviews since its opening in 2003 and now boasts so many signature dishes that its menu reads more like a "Greatest Hits" list. All of my favourites such as Lemon Chicken, Hot and Sour Soup, Salt & Pepper King Prawn, Chinese Broccoli and Friend Ice Cream were available, affordable and I can honestly say the best Asian food I've ever had. A huge additional plus for me however (being a Uni student) was the price. Everything on the menu is under $20 and most dishes are around only $13.
After discovering the place I became a true believer and decided to make a group booking there for my up-coming birthday. Not only was I hooked on the food but East Taste is also a stone's throw away from Adelaide's best pubs and clubs.
Unfortunately all indoor seating was booked out (like I said, it's quite a small place) but we managed to secure an outside table. I was a bit apprehensive as it was a very cold night but the cosy outdoor heating was surprisingly effective and my friends and I didn't even feel the cold.
Sharing food is really easy at East Taste so we ordered a variety of mains and rice and then mixed and matched to our heart and tummy's delight. This is a great way to satisfy all taste buds (and to split the bill at the end of the night). Everyone loved the food as much as I did. We were all completely full and no one payed over $20 each.
The service is fast and extremely friendly, perfect for if you're in a rush about town.
East Taste was also recently featured on the international TV show "Cultural Flavours" in which they cooked a few recipes for an entire episode.
Despite my recommendations, when a restaurant has great word-of-mouth, fantastic reviews and low prices on the very competitive Gouger Street then it's already worth checking out for yourself.