Renaissance Arcade at Rundle Mall has undergone a transformation - it is now an Asian food alley! The place is practically bustling during lunch hours on weekdays, with office workers and students looking around for seats. Vegetarian Garden used to be the only 'food court style stall' there previously and the arcade was pretty quiet during lunch hours. The stalls at the food court now comprise Japanese, Singaporean, Indian, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Malaysian food stalls.
Singma Delights is the only food stall in Adelaide that serves Singapore Fried Prawn Noodle. This dish is known as Rochor Mee and Hokkien Mee in Singapore. My sister loves this dish and we went around Adelaide looking for it without success. We finally asked Singma Delights' owner if he could cook it for us. He did and now it is a standard menu item at his stall so it must have been popular with his other customers too. Rochor Mee is Hokkien noodles (thick yellow noodles) and rice vermicelli stir fried with eggs, bean sprouts, fish cake and prawns, simmered in a rich prawn stock and served with sambal chilli and lime. Other Singapore street foods available at Singma Delights are Lor Mee (noodles served in tasty starchy gravy), Chicken Rice, Laksa, Tossed Noodles, Char Kway Teow and noodle soups. They also offer a 10% discount to students and pre-packed lunch box for under $5.
Ohashi is another of our favourite stall at Renaissance Foodcourt. The Katsudon had crispy pork cutlet whose flavour was set off by the egg and onion topping. It also came with quite a generous portion of rice accompanying the pork cutlet.
Sizzling House offers a good range of Chinese dishes, some of them coming on a hotplate. One such dish is the Black Pepper Chicken, which has chicken tossed with a variety of vegetables that helped to give it an extra element of texture. The black pepper sauce the ingredients were cooked in had the right level of peppery taste that was not too overwhelming. If you prefer, there is also the option to have the dish made with steak instead. Their Char Kway Teow is pretty average compared to what you can get at NanYang Cafe, which is located next to the entrance to the foodcourt.
At Vegetarian Garden, you have the choice of ordering brown rice/fried rice/rice/fried noodle/fried rice noodle plus 2 or 3 dishes displayed at the counter; or cooked dishes like Vegetarian Laksa and Vegetarian Char Kway Teow.
The food stalls located at Renaissance Food Court include: Uyghur Cuisine (Uyghur Restaurant from Prospect), Ohashi (Japanese),
Singma Delights (Singaporean), Asian Taste Lunch Express (Vietnamese),
Laksa Plus (Thai),
Gochuzang Korean Cuisine,
Chefs of Tandoori Express (Indian),
Gong Gong Makan Place (Chinese and Malaysian) and
Renaissance Food Court caters mainly for the lunch crowd, with only a few stalls open for dinner on Monday - Thursday. On Fridays, more of the stalls are open, especially during university semesters. The place is very popular with university students because it is just across the road from University of Adelaide and most of the dishes are below $10.