Adelaide’s West End has seen a lot of changes in the past few years, from the popular Leigh Street and Peel Street to the transformations further down Hindley Street catering for University students and staff. It’s no longer a street you would be afraid to walk down. One of the new additions to Hindley is Phonatic. Recently we were invited to their official launch. With a name like Phonatic I was expecting a little Pho shop but to my complete surprise it was so much more than that. The premise is long and extends right to the back so don’t be deceived by what you immediately see. At the front, a big long bar sits right in the middle serving drinks from both sides. The decor is fantastic. It presents a very cozy rustic look. The thing that caught our eyes the most were the light fittings with how they had used bicycle wheels to make pendant lights. The wall lights are just as amusing in design with metal and cogs and pipes. It’s very unique and they’ve done a great job with it. Along the wall you will find hand painted murals telling the story of the owner’s family. What a beautiful personal touch.
We made our way to the back to find a quieter dining area but got distracted by the stairs. The stairs that led to another space. Upstairs was a different feel, with its own bar and booths, a darker decor with dragons painted along the walls. It could be a private function space or perhaps even some Friday night partying. Phonatic have managed to segment three areas, each focusing on different functionalities all under one roof. But tonight the party was downstairs so we got back just in time as they brought the food out to photograph. Yes, photograph.
These guys know what bloggers and media want so the dishes kept flowing to the “photography table” as we took turns to snap away so feast your eyes on some of their menu offerings.
Despite the huge variety of food on display that night, we actually only got to try a few items namely cold rolls, BBQ quail, soft shell crab and the Phonatic curry. The Phonatic Curry was really delicious while the soft shell crab had good seasoning. I also enjoyed some BBQ quail with its mildly sweet, salty and spicy marinade. With so much food on the photographing table we wish we could’ve tried more. Guess we’ll just have to go back! It was a big crowd that night of media, family and friends. Towards the end of the night the owner gave a very heartfelt speech about his family, how Phonatic started and what it means to him. If you go there a customer, you will leave a friend or even a family member. They promise you that much of their hospitality.
Disclaimer: Foodie Ling was invited as a guest by Eventalaide and Phonatic.
171 Hindley Street
08 8410 8868