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Tasty Lab

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami and Pokémon
Published August 4th 2022
Located at the same complex as Truly Malaysian Village, Tasty Lab offers tasty Japanese and Korean cuisine. Service was quite efficient during our visit with our dishes not taking too long to arrive after we placed our order.

The crumbed chicken cutlet in the Japanese Chicken Katsudon had succulent flesh set off nicely by the crisp coating. The egg sauce, which is a key part of the dish, was done well with light and fluffy eggs and a delicious amount of flavour. Take some care when enjoying the dish as it is served to you steaming hot.

Tasty Lab, Japanese Chicken Katsudon, Adelaide
Japanese Chicken Katsudon (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

Their Korean Fried Chicken can be ordered in various sets consisting of either boneless pieces or chicken wings. The boneless pieces that we chose were very juicy with the crisp coating acting as a good contrast. The original flavour Korean Fried Chicken was dusted with a bit of a salt mix for extra flavour and the Garlic Soy Chicken had a delectable sweet savoury flavour. In addition to deep-fried rice sticks, the dish came with coleslaw to provide an element of freshness.

Tasty Lab, Korean Fried Chicken, Adelaide
Korean Fried Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

The udon noodles in the Tempura Prawn Udon Noodle Soup retained a bit of bite and the broth subtly enhanced their flavour. The accompanying pieces of tempura prawn did not taste fishy and were not greasy. A bit of extra texture was provided by the kombu (edible kelp) and the little bits of fried tempura batter.

Tasty Lab, Tempura Prawn Udon Noodle Soup, Adelaide
Tempura Prawn Udon Noodle Soup (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

Among the various dishes listed as an appetiser, their Takoyaki Balls had chunks of octopus that were not too chewy and the batter encasing them was light and fluffy. They were also cooked sufficiently to give them a nice golden-brown colour. The Takoyaki Balls were topped with the expected toppings of Takoyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise and bonito flakes. The accompanying salad was dressed with a sesame dressing for a bit of a nutty flavour.

Tasty Lab, Takoyaki Balls, Adelaide
Takoyaki Balls (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

The restaurant is fairly small in size and the decor gave it a casual feel. Parking is not a problem as the carpark at the complex offers convenient off-street parking.

Tasty Lab, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
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When: Mon – Weds, Sat: 11am – 8pm, Thurs – Fri: 4pm – 8pm
Where: Shop 8, 24 Vale Avenue, Valley View, SA
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