Possibly the best thing about Adelaide’s CBD is the abundance of delicious Asian eateries in Chinatown and down Gouger. One of the veteran haunts that’s always high on the list of choices was T-Chow, the Chinese restaurant that forgoes decoration in favour of just having great food and space for everyone.
T-Chow’s owner, Malaysian-Australian Jarrod Leow has just opened up a new joint on Waymouth St, the snappily named Five Feet Street Eats. The philosophy behind the new bistro, while a lot smaller than the 200-seater Chinatown venue, is similarly punchy. Leow wants to provide fast and delicious street food at prices that won’t make you wince like you asked for too much chilli.
The name stems from the Jakarta sidewalks where street food vendors would ply their wares from their mobile stalls. The format of the eatery is similarly unpretentious, with blackboard menus and no table service. This is great South-East Asian cuisine without any of the frills.
Our picks are the pad see ew, massaman curry and the salt and pepper eggplant (above). All of these are available for dining in, or takeaway if you need a flavour and energy hit on the go.