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Old train carriage houses new Japanese Kitchen in McLaren Vale

Hanabi Japanese Kitchen last week opened its doors in McLaren Vale, providing customers with a relaxed, nostalgic atmosphere with traditional Japanese fare.

McLaren Vale has recently acquired a new hidden gem within an old 1920’s train carriage, linked with the famous Almond Train. Hanabi Japanese Kitchen last week opened its doors, providing customers with a relaxed, nostalgic atmosphere with traditional Japanese fare.

Although fresh to the scene, with little signage or online presence, visitors of Hanabi have already given the cafe glowing reviews, with their agedashi tofu and teriyaki chicken just two of the heroes on the menu.

Image credit: Danica Liu

Food offerings are presented as a tapas-style menu with meat, fish or veggie options to choose from. Karaage chicken, teriyaki pork, wagyu and duck will keep the meat-eaters happy, while fried lotus chips, fried potato and seaweed with mustard and renkon chips will satisfy those who prefer their greens. King fish miso and sashimi also grace the list, with two platter options available to give a bit of everything a try.

Located in one of McLaren Vale’s old 1920’s train carriages, Hanabi is situated right next to iconic favourite, The Almond Train. Positioned near the Shiraz Trail on the Old Willunga line, the two old carriages home two separate businesses (the one being Hanabi and the other The Almond Train).

This new addition to the McLaren Vale main strip is sure to attract locals and tourists alike looking for a relaxed atmosphere whilst dining on some delicious traditional Japanese food. Next time you head to the wine-destination, make sure to pop in to Hanabi and support a new local business.

They’re open Thu-Sun only:

Thu 11:30am-4:30pm
Fri 11:30am-9pm
Sat 11:30am-9pm
Sun 11:30am-4:30pm

Find Hanabi Japanese Kitchen at 196 Main Rd, McLaren Vale, SA.

To contact Hanabi and to book, phone 0431 657 813.

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