Originally a food truck, this Hawaiian kiosk has slotted into O’connell street quite nicely, thanks to its uniqueness and exceptional food. In addition to this, it has a blue combi van in the centre of the restaurant, whales on the walls and the feeling that you just walked into Honolulu - and that’s just freakin’ awesome.
The food at Beach Bum is Hawaiian/Japanese inspired, with all items featuring fresh ingredients, colourful presentation and an abundance of flavours. What is Hawaiian cuisine you might ask? Well, it’s much more than ham and pineapple pizza. We tried the delectable little Prawn Taco – a flour tortilla with seared prawns, chipotle mayonnaise, garlic melted cheese, sun dried tomato, pickled red cabbage, cilantro, spring onion and crispy kale, and let me tell you it is an absolute flavour explosion.
Next we sampled the Luau Pork Belly – crispy pork belly with passionfruit glaze on a banana leaf paired with green chilli, watermelon, apple soy sauce, cilantro, coconut chips and mint – this was to die for. Finally, we were delighted and taken straight to Waikiki with the Fish Taco – tempura fish in a flour tortilla with wasabi mayonnaise, pickled cucumber, nori, sesame seeds, red chilli and coriander.
Other exciting menu items to try include their famous Hawaiian Pokes – a summery combination of raw fish, edamame beans, green onion, toasted sesame, nori, avocado, banana peppers, seaweed salad, pickled ginger and wasabi. The combinations come in salmon, tuna or avocado and silken tofu. Of course, if that doesn’t make you want to start hula dancing then Beach Bum has mouth-watering Hawaiian plates with the likes of Teriyaki Chicken, Ginger Duck, Coffee Beef Salad and heaps more. They’ve also got Fish plates featuring Grilled Salmon, Garlic Prawns, Fish Burgers and other scrumptious seafood items. Did I mention there is a slow cooked meat section on the menu? (*drool*).
To wet our whistle’s, we indulged in the Hawaii 5-0 – that invites you to ‘get your skinny suit and shades’ for this pineapple, almond and dark rum combo, finished with a maraschino cherry. We also gave the Coconut Bomb a whirl –a tropical breeze of iced coconut creaminess cut with lime and rum, and it was simply refreshing and delicious. These aren’t your standard cocktails however, they’re Beach Bum’s very own shaved ice cocktails and they’re so pretty you’ll need to take a picture before you slurp away.
Beach Bum has a separate shared menu that features four options: North Shore, Veg Head, Rock Star, and Waikiki Lux, so it’s the perfect location for large groups or functions. Plus, a groovy, summery, interior and courtyard adds to the fun of dining out with friends or family.
So, if you haven’t already, then it’s 100% time to say aloha to Beach Bum.
What: Beach Bum Hawaiian Kiosk
Where: 47 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide
When: Dinner - Tuesday through to Sunday 5.30 - late
Lunch - Tuesday through to Friday 11.30 - 2.30. Booking times 6pm and 8pm, walk-ins welcome in between.
You can check out their website here.
All images via Beach Bum Instagram