Fancy some fine dining by the beach? Secrets by the Sea is actually in a bit of a secret location, albeit one with a perfect view of the beach at Henley Beach. You might not spot it from Seaview Road but it's just a little bit south of Henley Square on the Esplanade. Come and be rewarded with fresh seafood and delicious dishes at this family-run restaurant that won an Australian Good Food Guide Award for 2020.
Secrets by the Sea is housed in the front corner of a beautiful and imposing two-storey stone building with wide balconies. Its spacious dining room exudes charm and there's a beautiful front deck facing the sea for outside dining in the warmer months.
The menu throws a spotlight on South Australian seafood but there's plenty of choices available for all tastes including vegan. This was our first visit so we opted for seafood.
Oyster shots are an interesting way to start a meal. They are available as sparkling white and bloody mary or maria. Take a sip from the shot glass then plonk your oyster meat in the glass and eat/drink. Delicious!
SA king prawns are my favourite seafood. Make sure you try them at a seafood restaurant at least once. These prawns are big, firm, and full of flavour. You most definitely get what you pay for at Secrets by the Sea.
Our mains were King George whiting and a 'Secrets Trio' special. It's well known that South Australia's King George whiting is the tastiest fish in the country. Secrets sources theirs from around Kangaroo Island and this firm and distinctive tasting fish is perfect for fish and chips on a cold winter's night. The trio platter consists of a grilled prawn skewer, salt and pepper calamari, and a piece of whiting. Both are served with chips, sauce, and salad and make for a hearty and tasty meal.
The menu also has steaks, pasta, chicken, crayfish, and seafood platters. The kid's menu will keep them happy with all the classics. A tight wine list is heavily South Australian and there's all of your other favourite beers, spirits, cocktails, soft drinks on the list. Tea and coffee are available.
We managed to fit in a panna cotta for dessert. It's a smooth and creamy fix of sweet-tasting goodness with some crunchy crumbs, a tart fruit compote and coffee syrup to liven it up.
Robert Leopardi has realised a dream by opening a South Australian focused family restaurant on the beachfront of metropolitan Adelaide. Henley Beach is definitely becoming an iconic Australian destination and Secrets by the Sea plays an important part.