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The Japanese delicacy of freshly sliced raw fish. Hated by some, loved by others. For us? It’s a love that has seen us travel across Adelaide to find some of the best.
Ideally, sashimi signifies the beginning of a great meal. A light welcome into the arms of the restaurant you’ve chosen to dine at.
An art form in itself, sashimi is further elevated by the punchy, vibrant flavours chefs choose to pair with it.
Now, come join us on this journey of self-sashimi-discovery.
In no particular order, here are some of the best sashimi dishes we’ve found in Adelaide:
Wasai Japanese Kitchen
Wasai sits in the heart of Adelaide’s Chinatown. A casual, authentic eatery that plates up an impressive sashimi dish. For those wanting a traditional serving, head to Wasai and get one of their sashimi boats.
For more on Wasai Japanese Kitchen click here.
9/15 Field St, Adelaide
A new contender on the block, POLK opened back in January. POLK is a Modern Asian fusion menu with funky cocktails and a funky menu to match. Their sashimi has been a knock-out and fan favourite since day one. A melody of fresh SA kingfish topped with house made soy-vinaigrette, diced orange and wasabi mayo. It tastes as good as it looks.
For more on POLK click here.
114 Partridge St, Glenelg South
Fresh? Yes. Vibrant? Yes. Full of flavour? Definitely.
This Golden Boy staple ticks all the boxes for one of Adelaide’s best sashimi. The Thai-fusion restaurant serves up a delicate kingfish sashimi with nam jim dressing, coconut cream and kaffir lime leaves. The best part of this delectable dish is the little bursts of citrus your palette gets from the finger lime segments.
For more on Golden Boy click here.
309 North Tce, Adelaide
Osteria Oggi is serving up their own version of sashimi, which for the Italians out there, is more commonly known as Crudo. Living proof that this versatile dish is not defined by any cuisine. Oggi uses South Australian Hiramasa Kingfish that is then adorned with bold ruby grapefruit and delicate slivers of radish. Sashimi before pasta? It’s a yes from us.
For more on Oggi click here.
76 Pirie Street, Adelaide
Bai Long Store
If you’re in the mood for something spicy and tangy, head to Bai Long Store. The modern Asian restaurant has a delectable blend of salmon and kingfish sashimi topped with truffle soy, pickled beetroot and a little kick from some wasabi purée.
For more on Bai Long Store click here
80 Hutt St, Adelaide
A wild card entry that can only be described as a work of art. Herringbone’s kingfish sashimi has a dynamic guest appearance from fellow sea dwellers, Spencer Gulf prawns. The dish is dressed with fried black cabbage, turnip, miso, fermented jalapeños and roasted buckwheat.
For more on Herringbone click here.
72 Halifax Street Adelaide
Press* Food & Wine
Tuna sashimi, ponzu and wasabi avocado. Simple, refined perfection.
For more on Press Food & Wine click here.
40 Waymouth St, Adelaide
Fare at the Whitmore
A lot of work goes into Fare’s sashimi, which is as delicious as it is beautiful. The sashimi is smoked overnight in a strawberry gum eucalyptus and then embellished with a traditional house made ponzu dressing, breakfast radish and a sliver of fresh avocado. This appetizer certainly packs a punch.
For more on Fare at the Whitmore click here.
317 Morphett St, Adelaide
Level One at Electra House
Level One at Electra House is serving up two sashimi dishes for you to choose. Pick your favourite or just have both. First up is a scallop sashimi served with yuzu, wasabi, white soy and black tobiko. Second, a South Australian kingfish with gochuchang (red chilli paste) dressing and nori wrap. Good luck deciding.
For more on Level One at Electra House click here.
131 King William St, Adelaide
Part Time Lover
Part Time Lover recently updated their menu, and with it came a delectable sashimi addition; an unusual yet wonderful choice of ocean trout sashimi. The dish is paired with an avocado purée, chilli XO, radish and a sweet sweet soy dressing. A well deserved chef’s kiss.
For more on Part Time Lover click here.
Pilgrim Lane, Adelaide
Ginza Miyako offers assorted fresh sashimi including Huon Tasmanian Salmon and Port Lincon King Fish, and a Chef’s daily selection of fresh fish of the day sashimi. Plenty of choices.
For more on Ginza Miyako, see here.
Find Ginza Miyako at Level 1, Stamford Plaza Hotel, 150 North Terrace
Until next time, sashimi you later.
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