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Paul's Seafood on Gouger

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia. https://www.facebook.com/paula.mcmanus1
Published May 27th 2014
You'll be hooked
Paul's Seafood has been around forever, or at least it feels like it. Their doors opened in 1946 and the restaurant has been in the same place on Gouger Street since 1957.

Paul's Seafood on Gouger
Paul's Seafood on Gouger (©paula mcmanus)


Eating here is like going back into a really comfortable place - it's old school dining; no fancy decor or trimmings, just good old fashioned food and service. Since the very beginning, original owner Bill Paul's motto was to produce the very best fish and chips.

On the menu is a range of food types and flavours, with everything from seafood to schnitzels but fresh seafood is definitely their specialty. And fresh it is - it's ordered in every day and is cooked on a hotplate at the front of the store. Those who are walking past on Gouger St can see chef Bill cook his wondrous meals from behind the window.

Paul's Seafood on Gouger
Paul's Seafood on Gouger (©paula mcmanus)


You choose your fish from the display and it is cooked to perfection and delivered to your table very quickly. We had a large but simple salad and crispy potato wedges with our meal, but the seafood size was so large they were mostly left uneaten.

The staff were friendly and made us feel very welcome. It felt as though we had stepped into someones home and were sharing a meal with friends. Paul's is the true essence of Adelaide - it's warm, friendly and welcoming. One family of diners said they travel from Tanunda in the Barossa Valley to Paul's Seafood just for the fish and chips. They do this 3 hour return trip 3 or 4 times a year.

Paul's Seafood on Gouger
Paul's Seafood on Gouger (©paula mcmanus)


There's a hall of fame wall - with dozens of photos of people who are well known locally, nationally or internationally. One very famous international star always eats at Paul's when he visits Adelaide and has sat at the same table every time over the past 30 or so years.

We started with a serve of garlic bread and chose not to have an entree as I had heard that the serves were quite large. It was true - we ordered the Seafood Platter for 2 and it was packed with more than we could eat. We thoroughly enjoyed a feast of South Australian garfish, prawns, calamari and Tasmanian scallops. Truly delicious, moist and cooked to perfection. A take away container was kindly offered so that we could take home the left overs.

Paul's Seafood on Gouger
Paul's Seafood on Gouger (©paula mcmanus)


Dessert hadn't been considered until our lovely waitress asked if we would like to try something. She strongly recommended the strawberry and vanilla ice cream ball, covered in strawberry sprinkles and served with cream and caramel sauce. It was just lovely and was the perfect end to a perfect dining experience.

Where:
79 Gouger Street, Adelaide, opposite the Central Market

When:
Open for dinner 7 days a week
Open for lunch Monday to Saturday
Dine in or take away
Check the front window for daily lunch specials

Facilities:
Dining Upstairs or Down
Licensed
Al fresco dining area
Smoking area
Wheelchair access

Note:
The male and female toilets are upstairs and are non-accessible for those in wheelchairs or for persons who have mobility issues. There are no baby changing facilities either.

Paul's Seafood on Gouger
Paul's Seafood on Gouger (©paula mcmanus)


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Why? Old School Dining
When: Open for lunch and/or dinner 7 days a week (closed for lunch on Sundays)
Phone: 8231 9778
Where: Paul's Seafood, 79 Gouger Street, Adelaide
Your Comment
Yummy!! :) x
by All About Entertainment (score: 2|920) 1911 days ago
I have been there before, the one on gouger street. It's a very nice restaurant and the food are awesomely great ! Love the fish especially the King George whiting, Nicely cooked.
by Yen (score: 0|4) 1910 days ago
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