Since opening last November, Little Shoo has become a fast favourite for those craving brunch, lunch, and elegant dinners.
Now one of Adelaide’s sexiest seaside venues, the restaurant is the creation of husband and wife team, Mike and Angela Slattery. It was Angela who first discovered the gorgeous space on her morning run.
The restaurant was a labour of love for the owners, with major renovations to convert the house from residential to commercial, and a fitout by interior designer Georgie Shepherd. Some of the walls were removed to open up the space, while keeping the integrity of the building.
“We’ve really tried to keep the warmth of the house, so when you step in, it feels like this is a place I want to sit and relax,” says Angela.
The front balcony makes the most of views of the water and the ocean breeze, with seating for 18 people. That flows through to the casual sun room and bar area, while the private dining area at the back has darker tones, plus a fireplace and chesterfield lounge to snuggle up on with a glass of shiraz come winter.
As far as food goes, the focus in on tapas-style share food, that makes the most of fresh, local produce: think dips, arancini, tuna ceviche, shredded duck san choi bao, or buttermilk southern fried chicken. There’s also a fabulous breakfast menu on offer.
The carefully selected wine list is made up of 85 per cent South Australian wines, plus cocktails, and craft beer, and there’s an impressive cheese selection of imported varieties that’s certainly worth getting excited about.
And as for that name? It comes from the Italian term scarpetta, where when a dish is just that good, so you pick up your bread and mop up every last little bit.
“And that’s what we want. We want people to come in and take the time to sit and enjoy their food. And maybe if you look around and no one’s looking, you want to get the bread, or even pick up the plate and lick it clean,” says Mike.
Little Shoo is open Monday and Wednesday, 12pm to late, and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 8am to late.
Little Shoo can be found at 245 Esplanade, Henley Beach.