Aloha! Beach Bum is Adelaide's little piece of Hawaii in O'Connell St, North Adelaide and it's just as sweet as pineapples! Having been open for over a year now it's still a popular destination for the famous dish of Hawaiian Poke among other dishes. Tempting Palates were invited to try a few dishes and we have to say it was just as delicious as the first two visits that we made as regular paying customers.
The instant you walk into Beach Bum you can feel the island vibe with its casual seating areas and the Hawaiian references of sun, beach and the combi van as the main attraction near the front entrance. The menu has a similar feel. There's a choice of sweet Hawaiian flavours to Japanese style tempura or teriyaki dishes. If you have been to Hawaii you know how Japanese cuisine has influenced the culinary styles of Hawaiian food.
First on our order list was the Hawaiian Poke dish of Tuna with purple cabbage, pickled carrot and gochujang mayo. Each Poke also comes with edamame beans, green onion, toasted sesame, nori, avocado, seaweed salad, pickled ginger and wontons. It's easy to understand why all of Adelaide are going Poke crazy. These dishes are so light and made with fresh ingredients. Count this as a healthy clean eating dish that won't make you feel guilty when eating the whole bowl!
For starters we had the Crispy Avocado Taco, Seared Lobster Taco, Scallop Wonton, Japanese Cowboy (fried chicken) and the Huli Huli Chicken Skewers. Our favourite was the Lobster Taco with shredded cos lettuce, nori mayo and fresh lime. This was a wow dish. With splashes of light, fresh flavours and this is one taco that we could of had over and over again! The Avocado Taco was a nice surprise. We didn't know what to expect from a crsipy avocado but it worked well giving this taco lots of textures and flavours with the apple soy sauce and banana pepper chipotle mayo.
The Scallop Open Wonton with seared scallops, black beans, ginger, cucumber, cilantro (coriander), avocado, lettuce and green lime on a crispy wonton. Fresh summer ingredients of cucumber and avocado make this another light and refreshing dish.
The Japanese Cowboy is a dish of fried chicken, baby corn, enoki and kewpie mayo. The best thing about this dish is how although it was fried the chicken didn't taste oily at all. They were tender bite sized bundles of chicken joy! The other chicken dish of Huli Huli skewers were also spicy bite sized chicken delights. The spicy huli huli sauce gave it a nice kick with the cucumber cooling down your palate.
One vegetable that is a Tempting Palates must order is eggplant. So, of course we ordered the Japanese Eggplant Bowl. This crispy eggplant with miso dressing is served with brown rice, smokey spinach, daikon, pickled carrot, broccolini and sesame. Each bite into the eggplant had a lovely soft texture on the inside with the crispiness on the outer. The fried taste was a little more present than with the other dishes we had but we still liked the bowl.
After all those dishes we had room for only one dessert to share and we chose the Tropical Poached Pear. This dish had poached pear with black sesame caramel lime with pineapple sorbet and toasted coconut. This was another refreshing dish with beautiful pineapple and coconut flavours. We did find the sorbet a touch tangy but overall a nice dessert.
The best thing about Beach Bum is that it appeals to everyone. Not only is the food delicious but whether you are a meatlover, vegetarian, pescetarian, vegan or have any other kind of dietary requirements you will be able to enjoy a meal here. It's a cool place with great summer vibes. If you haven't already, we recommend you try Beach Bum and if you have been, then it's time to visit again!
Where: Beach Bum 47 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide
Open: Lunch - Tuesday - Friday 11.30am - 2.30pm & Dinner - Tuesday - Saturday 5.30pm - late