Restaurant Guide

Shobosho: Restaurant review

A Korean and Japanese barbecue fusion with a side of cheeky Aussie attitude.


17 Leigh St
Adelaide, SA


Lunch Tue-Sun 11.30am-3pm
Dinner Tue-Sun 5pm-11pm


E $12-$24
M $26-$46
D $9-$15
Set menus $50-$75

Shobosho brings the high-octane drama of Japanese dining to life – all blond pine panelling, buzzing neon signage, sizzling skewers of chicken parts, shouting chefs and choreographed chaos – yet forges an identity all its own. Chef Adam Liston looks beyond the Land of the Rising Sun for inspiration, stuffing dumplings with kimchi and frying rice with char siu pork, though the lure of first-rate yakitori and that killer katsu sandwich is hard to resist. More comprehensively composed dishes reveal considered cooking, with edge and finesse. Cubes of raw kingfish engage in a textural tug of war with edamame and black rice, all tied together by grilled nori and a smooth bonito cream with sea-sweet tang. A roasted leek arrives as a scorched log, split open and strikingly set against the yin and yang of smoked buttermilk and vivid emerald kelp oil. Suntory whisky highballs on tap are a spirited touch, much like the sorbet made from stretchy Hi Chew lollies and green apple skins. Playful, indeed, but also precise.
(08) 8366 2224
Bookings recommended
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Outdoor dining
  • Wheelchair access
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Adam Liston
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.