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Watch This Space: Yakitori Chef To Set Up On Leigh St

Adelaide native Chef Adam Liston is on his way back after over a decade of hard work overseas and in Melbourne with big plans… and a big grill!

After a decade away from his home state, celebrated chef Adam Liston is returning home to Adelaide with a spring in his step and big plans in store for a spot on the bustling Leigh Street strip. Teaming up with restaurateur Simon Kardachi (Press*, Melt, Bread & Bone, Oggi), the pair will open a meat lovers dream, and under-appreciated style of cooking in South Australia; Asian barbecue.

Sure, we have South American, European, Korean and the classic Australian barbecue at our fingertips (Bunnings anyone?) but when it comes to bringing together the diverse range of techniques used throughout Asia for cooking meat, you need a serious grill. Say, an $80,000 specially commissioned grill? Look out Big Wang BBQ

The new Leigh Street location looks like it will seat a total of 75, with 55 inside and 20 outside artfully contributing to the charming on-street seating. SA architects Studio-Gram will shake things up on the design front, adding to a host of beautiful spaces they have under their belt. And we know just how incredible their work is…

The buzz around chef Liston comes off the back of 10 years spent between Shanghai and Melbourne, where he ran the highly acclaimed Yakitori bar ‘Northern Light’, in Collingwood which has now closed.

When his proposed Melbourne diner Honcho was delayed, it seems he’s called old mate Kardachi to cook something up. And Adelaide will be the benefactor.

Yet to be named, the restaurant is set to be in action by March and we can’t wait to see what plates and flavours Liston has in store for us. Flame on!

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