Shibui Dessert Bar
Shibui Dessert in the heart of the city is your go to place for Wow desserts. They’re the sort of modern desserts you would see on MasterChef or in a fancy restaurant, beautifully styled on the plate, and a treat for your senses. Shibui opened in 2018 and the owners, dessert chef Quang Nguyen and partner Thy Nguyen are not new to the scene, having previously owned Devour Cafe Patisserie.
Last time we visited we made the mistake of having a full dinner beforehand. This time we made no such error. We sacrificed dinner so that we could fully appreciate every bite here. Our dessert meal was delicious and thoroughly enjoyed – we all agreed that this was a successful plan.
The three of us chose a dish each and also shared the Mochi Donuts between us. In the pic below, from the top right clockwise is the White Chocolate with Redskin Candy Ice Cream; Mocha Donuts wth Redskin Candy Ice Cream (you can choose other flavours but we LOVE the Redskin and can’t get enough of it); Mango Pudding and Sorbet; Eton Mess with Lychee Sorbet.
Over the past few years the desserts have evolved and become more sophisticated with intricate elements, all adding to a refined restaurant experience on the plate. For dessert lovers, going to Shibui is pretty much skipping the boring bits at a restaurant and going straight to the good part – sweets. It’s probably why it’s a winner with kids, and perfect for a special occasion or treat.
The menu is ever changing. You can check their menu online before going but even then, the menu may have changed, as we found. It will give you an idea of what’s on offer but be aware that it may be different. Rest assured, we’ve never had trouble finding something we like from the menu.
Please note that during covid restrictions there are a few dining rules in place:
- During peak hours a time limit of 45 minutes may apply.
- A minimum spend of 1 dish per person (this is the reason we made sure we went with empty stomachs).
Also, they don’t take reservations. If it’s busy when you arrive, your name will be added to the waiting list and they call you when a table is available and it’s your turn. We waited outside for about 20 minutes for a table, which was pretty reasonable on a Saturday night.
The wait was definitely worthwhile.
You’ll also find Shibui with a limited menu at some major events – we’ve seen their food stall at Tasting Australia, the Lucky Dumpling Markets and at Gluttony at the Adelaide Fringe.
Shibui Dessert Bar is located at 160 Grote Street, Adelaide
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Shibui Dessert Bar website or Facebook
What: Shibui Dessert Bar
When: Open Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday 6pm – 9:30pm | Friday & Saturday 6pm – 10:30pm
Where: Shop 2/160 Grote St, Adelaide
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