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Fortuna Court Chinese Restaurant

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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 October 9th 2015
Update February 14th 2018
This restaurant is no longer trading. Hsin Fortuna Restaurant is now operating in its place.

Fortuna Court Chinese Restaurant is a great place to visit if you are looking for Chinese cuisine in Norwood. The restaurant is very popular with locals, with a large crowd during the peak dinner hour. We ended up visiting the restaurant twice which accounts for the large number of dishes mentioned.

While we would have liked a bit more duck, the duck in the Twice Cooked Duck Hot Pot was tender with its flavour enhanced by the sauce it was braised in. The dish also had pieces of Mui Choy whose sharp, slightly sour taste helped to balance out the rich taste of the duck with a bit of a surprise of Chinese vegetable leaves at the bottom of the dish. Mui Choy is the name given to preserved stems of mustard greens that is used in Chinese cuisine.

Fortuna Court Chinese Restaurant, Twice Cooked Duck Hot Pot, Adelaide
Twice Cooked Duck Hot Pot


They offer a variety of dishes that uses homemade fish balls and fishcake. The dish we ended up choosing featured the two ingredients stir-fried with vegetables. The vegetables, fish balls and fishcake were all cooked just right with the sauce bringing out their flavour. If you prefer, there is also the choice of having the fish balls and fishcake served deep-fried or as a soup dish.

Fortuna Court Chinese Restaurant,Stir-Fried Fish Balls and Fishcake, Adelaide
Stir-Fried Fish Balls and Fishcake


Their Oyster Omelette was done a bit differently from others that we have tried, with a softer and fluffier texture complemented well by the chunks of oysters that gave the dish a delectable salty hit. It also had pieces of ginger that helped to tie the dish together. Unlike the Oyster Omelettes we ate at other restaurants, it does not come with fish sauce to dip the omelette in but is still delicious without it.

Fortuna Court Chinese Restaurant, Oyster Omelette, Adelaide
Oyster Omelette


One of my favourite dishes from Chinese restaurants, Honey Chicken was very well done with golden brown pieces of deep-fried chicken with a crisp coating and tender meat. The honey sauce coating the chicken had the right amount of sweetness and the right texture to ensure the chicken pieces do not become soggy.

Fortuna Court Chinese Restaurant, Honey Chicken, Adelaide
Honey Chicken


Compared to the other restaurants where it is offered, Fortuna's Crispy Pork Hock is easier to eat as it is served already cut up as opposed to being a whole trotter. The crisp skin was a great contrast to the tender meat with a bit of shredded lettuce to give the dish a refreshing note. It came with hoisin sauce that you can dip the pork in to give it a bit more flavour.

Fortuna Court Chinese Restaurant, Crispy Pork Hock, Adelaide
Crispy Pork Hock


The eggplant in the Salted Fish Eggplant Hot Pot had the right amount of bite to it with the pieces of straw mushrooms complementing the eggplant well. The sauce the eggplant was cooked in enhanced the flavour of the dish, with the pieces of salted fish giving the dish its distinct salty flavour.

Fortuna Court Chinese Restaurant, Salted Fish Eggplant Hot Pot, Adelaide
Salted Fish Eggplant Hot Pot


Their Soft Shell Crab is one of the entrée sized dishes offered at Fortuna Court, consisting of a single, deep-fried soft crab tossed in a spice mix. The crab was fried to golden brown with the spice mix bringing out its flavour. It also had a delectable spicy hit from the small slices of chilli in the dish. The crab came served on a small bed of shredded lettuce whose fresh taste was a good contrast to the crab.

Fortuna Court Chinese Court, Soft Shell Crab, Adelaide
Soft Shell Crab


Despite its relatively small size, ambience of the restaurant was very good with a decent amount of space between the tables. There is a good amount of parking space along the streets near the restaurant but you may want to arrive early as they can fill up quickly during the peak dinner hour. We enjoyed 25% off our total bill by using the vouchers from Entertainment Book.
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When: Lunch: 12noon – 3pm, Dinner: 5pm-10.30pm
Phone: 08 8332 1272
Where: 217 The Parade, Norwood, SA 5067
Cost: About $15 per dish
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