The trendy lunch crowd of Waymouth Street in the city are about to have a fantastic new option when it comes to grabbing a casual bite for lunch; but it’s shaping up to be anything but Smallfry.
Jack Lim and Nick Wang sold their iconic Papas Gourmet Hotdogs food truck three years ago and have since worked on separate projects; Jack in real estate and Nick at Wasai Japanese Kitchen. It was always inevitable however, that they would work together again. The lure of creating their own permanent restaurant proved too strong, the timing is right and they are very excited about their new collaboration.
Smallfry Seafood is not a typical fish and chips shop. It is a mixture of eastern and western methods of preparing seafood, something Jack says is a niche they have seen in the local restaurant market.
“It is how I love my seafood to be served”, says Jack. “We want to give Adelaide people a different type of seafood experience, where they can have fish and chips but also fresh sashimi and oysters and we can hardly find another seafood restaurant with our concept in the city”. New England style chowder, karage chicken burgers and lobster rolls also make it onto the menu, all accompanied by a glass of beer.
The interior of the restaurant is the work of local designer Matiya Marović from Sans-Arc Studio, whose design credits include Gondola Gondola and Pink Moon Saloon.
“Sometimes I even think he understands the concept more than I do!” Jack enthuses. “We wanted a design that is modern and warm. We have wooden booths and a little blue on the tables to remind me of the deep blue sea where all the seafood came from. The wall looks like stones from the beach. It literately feels like sitting in a warm wooden cottage by the beach while having some hot fish and chips”.
We can almost taste the salty air now… the perfect, cosy spot for lunch or a casual evening dinner.
Smallfry will open mid-June at 4a/8 Waymouth Street, Adelaide.