Operations manager of soon to open restaurant & bar The Donburi House, Ping Liew, tells me that unlike cities with bigger populations, Adelaide restaurants simply can’t sustain themselves without high quality food.
Donburi (which literally translates to bowl) is a classic Japanese rice bowl dish consisting of meat and vegetables and other ingredients simmered and served over rice. Strangely enough, despite our comprehensive range of Asian cuisine options, no one else specialises in Donburi in Adelaide.
That was The Donburi House Owner and head chef, Lulu He’s incentive with the new Restaurant. To fulfil an opening in the market.
The new restaurant and bar is slated to open by the end of May on Sturt Street. The CBD location being more evidence that the west end is being revitalised as a foodie area to match the east end.
That’s what sets The Donburi House apart, we’re expecting a restaurant that prizes quality above all else with ingredients that are a much higher quality than similar restaurants. For example, the rice they purchase is double the prize for half the content, compared to the standard set by other restaurants.
The cuisine will still be traditional but filtered through the skillset of a modern chef. Lulu’s experience comes from working in South Australian restaurants for the past eight years has produced a menu that is not only authentically Japanese, but also focusing on catering for vegan and gluten free visitors.
The restaurant will be serving lunch and dinner, but once dinner service is over, it will turn into a full service bar with an emphasis on quality and hard to find spirits. Japanese sake, Japanese gin, local SA gin, a range of whiskeys, scotch and more.
Some of the spirits are extremely rare and will only be accessible at The Donburi House. Sourced from small provinces in Japan and unknown even to locals.
You can be forgiven for not knowing about certain labels like Matsui and Kurayoshi Whisky, but both will be on offer at The Donburi House as well as a prized bottle of Kavalan Whisky which was named the World’s Best Whisky by the prestigious World Whiskies Awards in 2015.
To also follow in theme of catering for all, Donburi House will also have a range of wines (all vegan) and Asahi black and super dry on tap. While these are a smaller range, the quality is high end. Further to that, Lulu’s repertoire of Japanese or Asian based cocktails will also be on offer.
The Donburi House will have a seated capacity of 40-55 people but there are tentative plans to spill out onto the street during summer with outdoor seating. Ping also tells me that a tobacco licence may be on the cards so that patrons can enjoy a cigar with their whisky.
The Donburi House are showing the progress of their build on their Facebook page which you can access here. Opening in late May, you will find this new restaurant at 52 Sturt Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000.