It seemed an end of an era for the Little Miss Dive Shop and Crab Shack site, but with support from the landlord, it’s made a comeback as Superfish – an outdoor party of music, drinks and summer vibes.
It’s a joint project between the Happy Motel and The Social Creative who’ve recently taken the lease of The Crown And Anchor next-door and set to combine the two spaces. They took a little step back from the beach centric vibes. “We wanted to create a food-centric inner-city garden escape reminiscent of sitting on the beachfront in Peru,” says Jordan Jeavons of the Happy Motel.
Under the art direction of Carlo Jensen of Peculiar Familiar, they’ve stripped back the wood and stone to natural finishes and added uniform paint colours to the new buildings. It’s a little jungle hideaway with over 300 plants throughout the space – there’s even a veggie patch on the roof and beehives set to be an addition. Adding more flare to the place, local artists Gerry Wedd, Billie Justine Thompson, Mark Sullivan and Christo Reid have artwork in amongst the greenery.
The food front is where it gets exciting, with cuisine derived from Jordan’s two passions – South Australian Seafood and South American flavours. “I wanted to keep it really fresh to suit the space and so took influence from travels in South America and a long time obsession with Mexico – curing fish with citrus and tropical fruits and filling all dishes with punchy herbs and fresh raw vegetables and different chillis,” Jordan says.
His favourite? The Red Snapper Aquachile.
“We cure the fish for half an hour in ‘fire water’ – a combo of habanero, lime and citrus salt – then serve it up with avocado, kiwifruit, cherry tomatoes, ruby grapefruit, coriander and lime.” he explains.
Adding diversity to the menu is a little bit of street food inspiration from Buenos Aires, charcoal grilled meats with tangy salsas like Pebre and Chimmichurri.
Fuelling the crowds over summer are an assortment of drinks produced by South Australian breweries and winemakers, all in the name of keeping things local. As expected, there’ll be no shortage of tropical cocktails to go with the music and party vibes. How does a Pomegranate Pisco Sour sound? Or maybe a Frozen Coconut Caiprinha from the frozen cocktail stand ’Fruitys’ to keep you chilled on those hot balmy nights.
188 Grenfell St, Adelaide
Photography by Duy Dash.