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A new Asian fusion restaurant for O'Connell St

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A new contemporary restaurant serving a fusion of Japanese, Chinese and South Asian cuisine is set to open on North Adelaide’s O’Connell Street, with the owner also planning to transform the space with an anime-inspired design.

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Yang Chow will replace the defunct Ben Hurs burger bar at 53 O’Connell Street, and is scheduled to open its doors at the end of this week.

Owner Shawn Wu says it will offer a menu including classic starters such as satay chicken and beef skewers, vegetarian spring rolls and crispy fried wontons, as well as larger dishes like Peking duck, salt and pepper tofu, and tom yum soup with beansprouts, lemongrass, king prawns and pineapple.

There will be a selection of rice and noodle bowls (think Shanghai noodles, pad Thai and barbecue pork with steamed rice), as well as sweets such as deep-fried ice cream and fried banana with honey or chocolate. Drinks will include a selection of Japanese beers and spirits.

Wu says while the 78-capacity eatery won’t undergo renovations until the new year, he wanted to open before Christmas.

The  new concept design was created by  SOKO Design Studio, while Malicious Delicious graphic designer Ryan Turner is responsible for the anime illustrations earmarked for the walls. The fitout will feature a mix of wood and dark tables, booth seating and graffiti-like feature paintings on the interior and exterior walls.

Wu hopes the anime-inspired refurbishment will entice young locals who are seeking an Asian meal but don’t want to travel into Chinatown.

Previously the co-owner of charcoal grill and burger bar Ben Hurs, which operated on the same site, he says his decision to move into contemporary Asian cuisine was due to a combination of factors, including the challenge of trying to turn a profit from selling burgers.

“This is Adelaide and it doesn’t matter how good your food is, people will spend eight dollars next door [for a burger]. If you sell a $20 burger and [it’s] just a burger, that’s not enough to make people come. You cannot make enough profit.”

Wu also owns Chinese eatery Mei Sun in Prospect, but intends to sell it and focus all his energy on Yang Chow.

The restaurant will open this Friday, December 13, and operate from 11am until 10pm, Monday to Saturday.

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