Your (late) Lunchbreak, Sorted at ... Hades Hula House

Last updated 08 Dec, 2022
In this fortnight's edition of Your Lunchbreak, Sorted, we talk to one of the city’s newest businesses, Hades Hula House on Hindley Street. The Tiki restaurant and cocktail lounge had its origins in Semaphore but relocated to the city in August 2022 to move onto bigger pastures. Exotic flavours and liquid libations await those who dare.

Hades Hula House is bringing Tiki to town with the opening of its new restaurant and cocktail lounge in the heart of the West End.

The business opened in the CBD last week after making the move from Semaphore, where it was located for 19 years, to the former Candy Bar on Hindley Street.

From potted brie oven baked until optimum “oozing” point to Australian beef eye fillet cooked to your liking, the out-of-the-square menu brings vibrancy to your day.

For workers after a late lunch (from 4pm) and cheeky after work drinks, owner Abby Roennfeldt says Hades Hula House is the place to be.

“The entire experience you get here is very experiential in that not only is the venue and restaurant layout very semantic, but there is also food and beverage to compliment that,” Abby says.

“A market that I am hoping to attract is that ‘we’ve finished work, let’s go have a drink and bite to eat’ sort of thing.”

The fit out of Hades Hula House on Hindley Street

Enjoy the venue’s ‘PuPu’ (an informal Hawaiian phrase for appetisers, snacks or finger foods) menu, which has dishes such as vegan friendly cheeseburger spring rolls loaded with melted cheese and pickles or spam dogs dunked in corn batter, fried then served with house-made banana ketchup.

For something heartier try the umami fried chicken burger that boasts juicy thigh fillet fried in a ‘secrets seasoning’ with fresh greens, kimchi 'slaw and gorgonzola cream cheese.

“The new thing off the ‘mains’ menu that is really … getting those tastebuds going is the Moana marinara,” she says.

“We are doing a squid ink pasta with Australia scallops, prawns and flake with a blistered tomato sauce.”

As for drinks, the most popular since the move is the Great Australian Bite and the Jungle Juice cocktails.

Abby says she looks forward to being a part of Adelaide’s small business community.

“We moved here because we wanted to be a part of that small bar and restaurant scene to … feed off that microcosm that the City of Adelaide helped create and promote,” she says.

Abby has not ruled out opening for lunch, should there be a demand. However, lunchtime sittings are only available for functions.

Hades Hula House

9/128 Hindley Street, Adelaide

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