Love good food, delicious drinks, a warm atmosphere and a tongue-in-cheek menu? How about neon lights, bright splashes of colour, Asian-fusion done really well and instructions on how to deal with a choking friend on the back of your menu? Pretty cocktails with massive foamy heads on them or house made bubble tea? No? Well then, you should probably avoid Gin Long Canteen because you won’t like it at all.
Having been open now for just over a year, Gin Long Canteen is still as popular as ever with packed tables as far as the eye can see. Luckily for my little trio, a happy bench for three had just become available in the front window as we walked through the door and we were quickly seated with food and beverage menus in hand, not knowing which to look at first.
Sharing seemed like the obvious way to go (for the food at least) so we ordered an array of dishes including Lychee Duck Curry, Netted Spring Rolls and Malay Curry Puffs. I found the netted spring rolls to be slightly (only slightly) oily and the lychee duck curry to be a little shy of lychees, but that aside, every dish was delicious and our selection of three entrees and two mains for three people turned out to be more than we could eat.
Our drinks selection was similarly varied as we attempted to make our way through as much of their cocktail menu as possible – not a single sip disappointed and we were all massive fans of the delicious foam that seemed to top most of our cocktails.
The team at Gin Long Canteen were friendly and efficient. Ever-present when we needed them but not in our faces and without a ‘rushed’ feel, which is a definite tick considering how busy they constantly seem to be. Although our visit this time was a little impromptu and a little rushed (for our own reasons), I look forward to going with a slightly larger group of friends (you can book if you have a group of six or more) and indulging in a few wines and a banquet menu.
Gin Long Canteen can be found here, at 42 O’Connell Street in North Adelaide.
Open for lunch Tuesdays to Fridays between 12noon and 12:30pm and dinner between 5:30pm and 9:30pm Tuesdays to Thursdays and until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.