Walking down Waymouth Street one busy (not to mention windy and rainy) Tuesday afternoon, there emerged an unassuming yet curiosity-boggling little restaurant. Adorned in lanterns all across the ceiling, I stumbled upon 5 Ft Street Eats - where Indonesian street food thrives in the kitchen and is delivered to its customers at their tables in record time.
Drawing inspiration from the Indonesian phrase kaki lima (Indonesian for "five-feet"), the name refers to five-foot wide pedestrian sidewalks along the street with street hawkers selling food. The eclectic space offers its customers a dining area that may be dimly lit but has plenty of colour emanating from its furniture, its quirky accessories, and its feature wall of movie posters that almost give off a nostalgic vibe (whether you hail from Asia or have travelled across the cultural continent).
Do not be fooled by its narrow entryway because the restaurant itself can house a generous bunch (whilst adhering to COVID-safe protocols, of course)! While the restaurant alone warrants a visit, it's the speediness, cost, and quality of the meals that truly won me over. Now, I was not particularly famished on this particular day of visiting the restaurant, but one thing's for certain - you can expect to walk away from this place with a very satisfied tummy.
For our meals, the braised pork belly with vermicelli and the famous Hainan chicken made an appearance on our table for our express lunch experience.
The braised pork belly with vermicelli served with dry-aged pork belly with vermicelli was a hearty bowl of protein goodness. The pork belly had a smoky flavour, which complemented the tender and juicy meat texture. The vermicelli and accompanying vegetables presented with a subtle spiciness that added to the character of this dish.
The Hainan chicken was a succulent dish which when coupled with the fragrant steamed rice and chilli sauce, created a zesty and tantalizing little number to enjoy to one's heart's content. We were quite lucky to be able to enjoy this shortly before they closed the kitchen as this meal is known to sell out within an hour of trading at lunchtime!
Next time you find yourself wandering down Waymouth Street and wish to find a spot to enjoy lunch on the go, then make sure you give 5 Ft Street Eats a try. Their meals are packed with flavour, they don't cost an arm and a leg, and they are surprisingly filling dishes that will give you the energy to get through the rest of the day easily.
5 Ft Street Eats is located at 24 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA and is open for breakfast 5x days a week, lunch 5x days a week, and dinner 2x nights a week.