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Kua Mexican Bar and Bistro

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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 July 3rd 2017
Update May 7th 2018
This restaurant is no longer trading.

Located close to the Original Pancake Kitchen, Kua Mexican Bar and Bistro was established to bring contemporary Mexican cuisine into the central business district of Adelaide. Part of the dining experience was getting to see our dishes presented and served in Masterchef style, with the waiting staff describing each dish in details as it was placed in front of the diner. The portion sizes were also quite generous.

The chunks of octopus in the Grilled Octopus dish we ordered were not chewy and had a delightful "char-grilled" flavour that is typical of grilled food. Accompanying the octopus was a fluffy potato terrine and dill mayonnaise to add a bit of sourness. We particularly enjoyed the chilli mayonnaise, which added a bit of spice to the octopus.

Kua Mexican Bar and Bistro, Grilled Octopus, Adelaide
Grilled Octopus (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Making use of whatever fish that is currently in season, the Kingfish in their Poached Seasonal Fish was very well cooked and easily flaked apart. A topping of shaved pecorino cheese added a hint of saltiness to the dish without overpowering the taste of the fish. The absolutely tasty coconut reduction really contributed to the enjoyment of the dish. This is one of the most delicious fish dishes we have tasted at a restaurant.

Kua Mexican Bar and Bistro, Poached Seasonal Fish, Adelaide
Poached Seasonal Fish (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The process of brining the poussin (young chicken) in beer for the Polito Borracho ensured that the meat was succulent. The tender meat was set off nicely by the crisp skin. The earthy taste of the grounded pinto beans the poussin was placed on complemented it well and the slightly spicy red salsa lifted the flavour of the poussin.

Kua Mexican Bar and Bistro, Polito Borracho, Adelaide
Polito Borracho (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


For a fish that is a bit meatier, their Salmon "a la plancha" is a good choice. The salmon was cooked to perfection with a lovely crisp skin and the fried zucchini blossom was light enough to easily "dissolve" in your mouth. The orange reduction tied everything together by giving the dish an unusual slightly sweet flavour. To maintain the crispiness of the salmon skin, the orange reduction was poured over the fish at the time of service.

Kua Mexican Bar and Bistro, Salmon
Salmon "a la plancha


Kua Mexican Bar and Bistro is one of the laneway restaurants that is starting to appear in Adelaide central business district and is on the street next to another of these restaurants, the 2nd & 6th restaurant. These restaurants are easily accessible by both public and private transport and within walking distance from Adelaide Oval. We were able to enjoy 50% off our total bill as the restaurant was part of the Dimmi weekly flash sale.

Kua Mexican Bar and Bistro, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Kua Mexican Bar and Bistro, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
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When: Lunch: Mon-Fri: 12 - 3pm, Dinner: Mon-Thurs: 6pm - 9pm, Fri: 4.30pm – 1.30am, Sat: 6pm – 1.30am
Phone: 0420 305 679
Where: 27-29 Gilbert Place, Adelaide, SA
Cost: About $28 per main dish
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Nice! Looks very different to the typical mexican nachos and tacos
by Hayley Sayers (score: 1|87) 527 days ago
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