While you are in Adelaide, one of the places you must visit is the top Asian restaurant in Adelaide. Gin Long Canteen is a well-known and highly reviewed restaurant which offers modern Asian fusion cuisine. Aside from mouth-watering food, Gin Long Canteen also has a bar so you can enjoy drinks with the restaurant’s very own twist. Check out what they have on their menu!
Gin Long Canteen has a good number of appetizers. Even though they may be labeled “eat small,” they are still packed with flavor. Among the bestsellers are the soft shell crab which sits on a southern Thai yellow curry mousse, prawn dumplings on mild red curry sauce and dried shallots, and netted spring rolls with a spicy mayo dip. The restaurant is also known for their Gin Long Wings – crispy winglets on pandan leaves accompanied by a hot Thai sauce. These appetizers are good ways to start a meal.
The Eat Big menu lists the main courses you can order. There are various curries like the lychee duck curry which is a big hit among the customers. This is a roasted duck dish with curry sauce, cherry tomatoes, pineapple, and, of course, lychee. They also have chicken, beef, and pork dishes such as the Pomegranate Chicken, Slow Braised Thai Beef, and Really Slow Braised Pork Belly, respectively. There are also seafood on the menu such as the Nom Nom Barramundi (which features crispy, deep friend barramundi and a lime chili sauce), and the spicy Baby Lobster Tails. The Eat Big menu is faithful to its name with the generous serving perfect for sharing – and you will also definitely eat a lot of these tasty dishes.
The menu at Gin Long Canteen would not be complete without the salads. Currently, there are four options for salad dishes, namely the Very Exciting Beef, Shredded Pork Ribs, Coconut Milk Chicken, and the vegetarian-friendly salt & pepper tofu. These salads may be light but they are still very filling – and health, too.
A great accompaniment to your mains are the side dishes. Gin Long Canteen offers Chop Suey, which is a Chinese dish comprised of mixed vegetables. Additionally, they have a papaya salad which also has snake beans, cashew nuts, and cherry tomatoes. Gin Long Canteen also added their own twist to the coleslaw where they included sesame cracker, chili vinegar, and fish sauce. Apart from these, they also serve various rice side dishes. They have Jasmine rice, brown rice, and fried coconut rice, which is rice inside a coconut shell. It is a creative way to serve the rice – plus it’s delicious.
A menu is not complete without desserts. Gin Long Canteen gives their own modern Asian take on the panna cotta, coconut mousse, and sticky banana roll. The creamy and smooth panna cotta is served with mango and passion fruit. On the other hand, the coconut mousse is accompanied by red beans and a pineapple puree. The sticky banana roll is among the bestsellers in the desserts. The banana roll is sticky rice with char-grilled banana leaf and it has coconut milk and peanuts. So make sure to save some room for desserts because you should not miss out on these.
If you are looking for somewhere to get lunch, then try out Gin Long Canteen’s lunch menu. They currently have twelve options to choose from in this menu. They have Malaysian-inspired dishes like the Sarawak Laksa and Sarawak Laksa. There are also Vietnamese cuisine like the bún bò Huế which is a sour and spicy pho with cooked beef, pork sausage, pork hock slice, and fresh herbs. The dish is also served with a nuoc cham sauce. There is also the bò kho which is a beef stew with banh mi. Gin Long Canteen also created their very own dish, the Phricken Rice. It is a combination of pho, chicken, and broken rice. The amazing thing is the chicken actually tastes like beef pho. Majority of the food in the lunch menu are gluten-free and they can also be requested to be vegetarian-friendly.
The bar at Gin Long Canteen is lively and it concocts refreshing drinks for their customers. You have cocktail choices like their own Gin Long (which can be pineapple, tamarind, or coconut flavored), Apple La ( a mix of vodka, lychee, green apple, and palm sugar), and Gin Pho (with gin, grand marnier, thai basil, star anise, and chili). The Gin Pho is served in a mini bowl, a creative way to showcase how the pho inspired the drink. They also serve beer like Tiger, Bia Hanoi, Chang, and Singha, to name a few. Additionally, they have fizzy drinks like sparkling water and homemade sodas. They also have non-fizzy drinks in teas, juices, coffee, and a fresh coconut. Apart from these, they have an extensive wine list which includes sparkling, red, and white wines. Most of these wines come from South Australia but there are also some from France, Italy, and Spain.
Gin Long Canteen offers a wide variety of Asian food that you will not get enough of. If you are going to the restaurant with a big group (i.e. 4 people or more), you can opt to have the banquet menu. What’s great is that majority of the food that Gin Long Canteen serves is gluten-free. They also have lots of vegetarian-friendly dishes to choose from. You can easily see which of these are the vegetarian dishes and/or gluten-free ones by checking the menu. The menu of the top Asian restaurant in Adelaide is also updated from time to time. They announce it on their social media so that you’ll know when and what to try their new offers. If you are in Adelaide, don’t forget to visit Gin Long Canteen and let us know how your meal went! Bon appétit!