Recently opened on Waymouth Street in Adelaide, Smallfry Seafood operates on a similar concept to a small Japanese diner, offering a good range of seafood dishes and delectable burgers. The place proved to be quite popular with a crowd of a decent size present when we went there for dinner.
The grilled New Zealand hoki we chose for their fish and chips was cooked just right with a bit of a sweet flavour, which was indicative of the fish's freshness. Accompanying the fish were two types of salad, tartare sauce and crisp and fluffy chips. The chips had a unique flavour from the seaweed scattered over it. Other varieties of fish are also available with the option of having Japanese rice instead of the chips. You also have the option of having the fish battered instead of grilled.
Grilled New Zealand Hoki and Chips (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Notable for having the chicken marinated in sake before it is fried, their Karaage Chicken Burger was very enjoyable to eat with the juicy fried chicken set off by the golden brown and crisp coating. The coleslaw added some crispness to the dish and the sticky soy sauce tied everything together.
Karaage Chicken Burger (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Much like the hoki in their fish and chips, the battered hoki fillet in their Fish Burger was of excellent quality with a wonderful meaty texture encased in a crispy batter coating. The relatively simple topping of lettuce and tomato gave the burger a fresh taste with a bit of a creamy flavour coming from the tartare sauce.
While the name of Double Cheese Wagyu Burger may suggest that the burger will taste very cheesy, the taste of the cheese was quite mild, which prevented it from overwhelming the char-grilled flavour of the wagyu beef. The caramelized onions added a smoky flavour to the burger which was balanced out by the sharp taste of the pickles.
Double Cheese Wagyu Burger (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
To complete the meal, you can choose from their selection of beers which includes Asahi Beer from Japan. The wooden décor of the restaurant gave it an inviting and cosy feel and its location within walking distance of a bus and tram stop makes getting there easy.