While the name Lazy Nabe may suggest a focus on Japanese cuisine (Nabe is the Japanese word for hotpot), the dishes offered at this Gouger Street restaurant near Adelaide Central Market actually focus on Korean cuisine, with hotpots fittingly being the main focus. Their hotpots proved to be very popular, with almost all diners ordering one to share.
Lazy Nabe's hotpots can be ordered as a medium or large sized serving but the medium serving should be sufficient for a small group. The pieces of pork ribs in the Korean Pork Bone Stew we ordered were pre-cooked and had a spiced flavour. We were delighted that the flesh easily separated from the bones. The soup had a delectable spicy taste from the inclusion of kimchi, the capsicum provided a bit of sweetness, and the various vegetables and mushrooms complemented the pork well. Also included were rice cakes, which thickened up the broth as our dinner progressed.
Korean Pork Bone Stew (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Apart from a good selection of hotpots, Lazy Nabe also has popular Korean dishes on their menu. However, their style of Bibimbab is not one that is typically seen at other Korean restaurants. Their Old School Bibimbab seemed a bit plain to us in the first instance. But it actually turned out to be quite delicious, with the yolks of the fried eggs giving the dish a lovely soft texture when they were mixed into the rice. To enjoy the dish, pour the sauce provided over the eggs and rice and mix everything thoroughly. The sauce had a spicy kick which was a key part of the flavour of the dish.
Old School Bibimbab (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A good dish to accompany your hotpot or as a small meal by itself, Lazy Nabe's Seafood Pancake was fried to golden brown. The texture leaned towards the variety of pancake with a soft, moist centre. There was enough seafood in the pancake to give it a delightful meaty texture. Served with the pancake was a dipping sauce which had a bit chilli to provide some heat to the dish.
Lazy Nabe does not offer boneless Korean Fried Chicken. The bones can make eating the chicken a bit fiddly but the flesh was succulent and the sweet spicy variation we chose had a good amount of spice with a hint of sweetness. The chicken came served on a bed of shredded cabbage, which added crunch and freshness to the dish.
Korean Fried Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Lazy Nabe has a Japanese décor. It is occupying the space vacated by Matsuri Japanese Restaurant Matsuri Japanese Restaurant and there didn't appear to be much change in the interiors. You can choose to be seated at either the normal tables or go for the Japanese style seating that requires you to remove your shoes. Lazy Nabe is a great place to visit for those looking to enjoy hotpots with their friends at the quieter part of Gouger Street.