Gin Long Canteen, North Adelaide

Besides the burgers and Viet food sweeping over Adelaide, we’re also seeing an Asian fusion trend taking over. I am jumping on board with it and loving the modern twist on old favorites. It’s taken me a long time but I’ve finally made it to the talked about Gin Long Canteen :)

Pork Chop Cocktail – why didn’t I see this until now? 

Ahh too cute that the gin long tamarind-orange infused gin came out in a bubble tea cup. Refreshing with a light orange hit that wasn’t alcoholic at all. A salt dusting on the rim of the smoothie-like mango margarita had a saltiness that cuts through the tangy and sourness of the drink. I like that the drinks here aren’t too boozy because it’s good for the light weight me ;)

 Gin Long – tamarind-orange infused gin ($10) Mango Margarita – thai basil, mango puree, tequila, cointreau ($16)

The lychee duck curry had a good dosing of fish sauce and mild chili throat burn with bursts of sweetness from the pineapples and lychee. There was a good balance of flavours where the dish not tipping into the ‘too sweet’ category. I found the duck itself to be like what you get at your local Asian stores so it wasn’t that amazeballs.

Lychee Duck Curry – roasted duck, cherry tomato, pineapple ($23)

One of the specials was the baby squid stuffed prawn where it looked a bit weird being a lump of squishy stuff. The squid was so soft and broke into a minced prawn filling with it all infused with delicious seasoning. Not a bad dish but there were only 4 baby squids and the rest was just filler food material like bamboo shoots.

Stir Fried Baby Squid stuffed with Prawn ($22)

Tasty food and lovely service – these guys have got their fusions right. Would love to come back here and try out more of their dishes :)

Food: 3.5/5
Service: 3/5
Atmosphere: 3/5

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