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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami www.weekendnotes.com/origami-classes-japan-australia-friendship-association/ and Pokémon www.weekendnotes.com/pokemon-center-tokyo/
Published November 1st 2016
Located along Morphett Street near Adelaide Central Market, Fish Head offers unique dishes that are a fusion of Indonesian, Thai and Indian cuisine. It is advisable to book ahead as the restaurant was packed when we visited and we were lucky to get a table.

The chicken Maryland in their Nasi Lapapan was of a generous size and the green chilli sambal was scrumptious. Sambal is a spicy sauce made from chilli, shrimp paste, garlic, ginger, shallot, lemon grass and vinegar. It is a sauce that is served with many Malaysian and Indonesian dishes and a food stall is often judged by the quality of its sambal. Accompanying the chicken was a serving of yellow rice, fried anchovies and a salad of snake beans and coconut. There was also some ginger sauce that can be spread over the chicken to give it more flavour.

Fish Head, Nasi Lapapan, Adelaide
Nasi Lapapan (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


While the many bones in their Leather Jacket Fish made eating it a bit difficult, it was still fried to golden brown with the sauce helping to provide a delectable sour flavour. It was served with a refreshing papaya and tomato salad with an onion-based dipping sauce to give the dish a bit more tang.

Fish Head, Leather Jacket Fish, Adelaide
Leather Jacket Fish (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


A dish that commonly appears in Indonesian and Malaysian restaurants, the Kangkong (Water Spinach) offered here had the right amount of bite to it and was a vibrant green colour. The key part of the dish, the chilli sambal, was well done just spicy enough to make eating it enjoyable.

Fish Head, Kangkong, Adelaide
Kangkong (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Their Chicken Wings is one of the dishes in their 'Hawker' selection, which are dishes of a smaller size compared to their main meals, making it great for those who want a light meal. The sambal olek used to marinate the chicken heighten their flavour with the sweet flavour of the roasted pumpkin helping to balance out the slightly spicy flavour of the chicken wings.

Fish Head, Chicken Wings, Adelaide
Chicken Wings (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The décor of the restaurant gave it a formal feel with the tables spaced a decent distance apart from each other. A good amount of parking space is available on the streets close to where the restaurant is located. This restaurant was added to Entertainment Book recently and we enjoyed a complimentary main course by using the gold card.
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When: Lunch: Fri & Sat: 12pm-2.30pm, Dinner: Tues-Thurs, Sun: 5.30pm-9.30pm, Fri & Sat: 5.30pm-10pm
Phone: 08 8212 2411
Where: 270 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA
Cost: About $13 for the ‘Hawker’ dishes and $20 for the main dishes
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