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Mrs Q Asian Kitchen Bar

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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 September 6th 2016
First established in 2013 as the Loft Bar, Mrs Q Asian Kitchen Bar is a surprisingly great place to enjoy a selection of unique Asian cuisine. It's on the first floor of an old building so it may take a bit of time to locate the place; look out for their signboard on the ground floor. This restaurant has a mix of lounge furniture and sit-down dining furniture so you could enjoy a drink and catch up with friends or have a proper meal there. They offer a good range of wines and beers, bar snacks and delicious Asian dishes.

Appropriately named, their K-Pork is a stew consisting of thin slices of pork belly cooked in a sauce that included the Korean pickled cabbage known as kimchi. The slices of pork belly were tender while the kimchi gave the dish a delectable tangy and spicy flavour with a hint of saltiness which was not too strong.

Mrs Q Asian Kitchen Bar, K-Pork, Adelaide
K-Pork (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Presented similarly to a curry, the pieces of soft shell crab in the Soft Shell Crab dish were fried to golden brown and were contrasted nicely by the chunks of potato. The curry gravy helped to lift the flavour of the ingredients and was cleverly not poured over the soft shell crab to ensure the crispy coating did not become soggy. The dish looked enticing with the pieces of deep fried soft shell crabs piled on top of the curry gravy.

Mrs Q Asian Kitchen Bar, Soft Shell Crab, Adelaide
Soft Shell Crab (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Similar to a salad, the roasted pork belly in the Pork Belly dish was cooked just right with the fresh taste of the salad helping to balance out the rich taste of the pork belly. The dressing used for the salad gave the dish a delightful tangy taste with a bit of crunch provided by the fried shallots mixed into the salad.

Mrs Q Asian Kitchen Bar, Pork Belly, Adelaide
Pork Belly (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


One of the more unique dishes offered is the Assam Seafood, a nice take of Assam Laksa which is a sour-tasting version of the more well-known Curry Laksa. All the seafood in the dish was cooked to perfection with the Assam gravy having the right amount of tartness with a hint of spiciness.

Mrs Q Asian Kitchen Bar, Assam Seafood, Adelaide
Assam Seafood (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


A good choice for a refreshing vegetable dish, the bok choy in their Asian Greens had the right amount of bite to it though we thought it could have been cut up a bit smaller for easier eating. The soy and garlic sauce helped to bring out their flavour with a bit of contrast coming from the slices of fried shallots.

Mrs Q Asian Kitchen Bar, Asian Greens, Adelaide
Asian Greens (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


For those looking for something tastier than steamed rice, their Fried Rice is a good choice. The rice had a fluffy texture with a bit of the "char" taste that made it very delicious. The rice was also perfectly complemented by the various ingredients stir-fried with it.

Mrs Q Asian Kitchen Bar, Fried Rice, Adelaide
Fried Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The décor of the restaurant gave it a cosy feel with the tables spaced a good distance apart from each other. The high ceiling and quiet ambience make it an ideal place for quiet chats with friends. A good amount of parking space is available along the streets where the bar is located. Off street parking is also available at nearby paid car parks.



Mrs Q Asian Kitchen Bar, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Mrs Q Asian Kitchen Bar, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
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Why? To enjoy Asian food and drinks.
When: Lunch: Weds-Thurs: 12-3pm, Dinner: Weds-Sun: 5pm-late
Phone: 08 8211 8887
Where: 126 Gouger Street, Adelaide, SA
Cost: About $20 per main dish
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