An ambitious new project from the people behind Concubine and Gin Long Canteen has arrived on Hutt Street. Focussing on a mix of Korean, Chinese and Japanese influences, as well as being open 7 days a week, serving virtually all day, Bai Long Canteen are definitely here to shake things up a bit.
The first thing that strikes you about Bai Long Store is its clean and modern lines. There is a minimalist approach here, with a largely monochromatic palate with the occasional splash of timber to break the black and white lines. Space is somewhat at a premium and they are squeezing all they can out of the premises.
Over the course of a couple of hours, a broad selection of the dishes from the breakfast menu were brought to the table and swiftly devoured. Bookended by the very pretty house made granola with coconut-blueberry yoghurt; and the sweet delicacy of the French toast with rosewater infused watermelon, blueberry custard and maple fraiche, we traversed through a number of different and delicious plates. Some of the stars of the brunch included scrambled tofu with roasted cauliflower, soft poached eggs on black rice sourdough; confit mushrooms with sesame puree, soft poached egg on fried semolina cake; and roti benedict with miso eggplant, tom yum hollandaise, basil, coriander and crispy fried shallots. There are some more ‘western’ options on the menu, including a big breakfast and scrambled eggs, but everything comes with at least a touch of something different.
Everything that came over the pass was a work of art. We do eat with our eyes, and there was no questioning this was a feast for the senses. This extended to the tea tasting we got to enjoy, which included three separate brews of the same tea, poured into Taiwanese aroma cups and then consumed from the tea cups. Tradition, art and a bit of theatre all enhancing the taste and experience.
The ‘Store’ aspect of the name indicates the items they have for sale, including bags of their granola, dried noodles, tea, chopsticks, thermos and mugs. They also have ready made meals for take-away lunch service, including some absolutely sensational pies. The dragon beef was the stuff of dreams….
Bai Long Store is adding a brave and exciting new element to the Hutt Street strip. The clean, conservative and functional styling contradicts yet highlights the intricacy and vibrancy of the food. The service was exemplary, and the passion for the new project is obviously there to be seen. With the steady trade we witnessed, as well as the absolute quality of their product from the kitchen, it already looks like this is proving to be a success.
Now to get back for the dinner menu….
Bai Long Store is located at 80 Hutt Street, Adelaide.
They are open from 8:00am-3:00pm, and 5:30pm-9:00pm/9:30pm Monday to Saturday. Sunday 8am-4pm