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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Dining Upstairs or Down
Al fresco dining area
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.