Adelaide, SA

Chao Shan is an elegant, discreet restaurant hiding some fun flavours. Seek it out in Hyde Park for your next Chinese cuisine adventure.There are no dragons in sight; there is, however, a cabbage – an illuminated Chinese one which greets you at the door. It symbolises wealth so give it a rub for good measure.
Opening Times

150B King William Road,
Hyde Park
Tel: +61 8 8271 6373
Asian, Chinese
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Licensed & BYO (wine only)
Fire-engine-red fire crackers will alert you to the fact that you have arrived at Chao Shan. Strings of them signal the doorway of this slender restaurant. It is only fitting that this tall (two-storey) thin eatery stands among the designer label shops of "posh and paved" King William Road. Inside, the decor gives few hints that this is an Asian eatery. Muted tones, mushroom carpet and subdued lighting make for earthy, relaxed surrounds and large wall mirrors are used to open the space up. There are no dragons in sight; there is, however, a cabbage – an illuminated Chinese one which greets you at the door. It symbolises wealth so give it a rub for good measure. The decidedly un-cabbage-like Tina Wang may also welcome you in. Chao Shan's owner is full of knowledge about anything you may wish to clarify from the menu.

Cabbage rolls (funnily enough) are chef Jun Hao Su's signature entree. Oval-shaped patties rather than rolls, their star ingredient is prawn. But although cabbage plays a cameo role, they taste great. Fried peal (Cantonese spinach) provides a rich, moreish bed for green peppercorn chicken. It is hard to leave the well-sauced, savoury pieces of poultry alone. Do so to make room for the show stopper – the lamb hot pot. Presented in a very cutesy, tea light candle-warmed ensemble it brings "ooh-ahhs" from around the room. When the lid is lifted for you, ready your nostrils for an intoxicating whoof of heady aromatics and subtle spicing. Leisurely braising plumps the moist lamb with flavour and its liquid continues to gently bubble away over the burner as you journey through the dish.
Roz Taylor
This restaurant has not scheduled any events.
Please contact the restaurant for further information.
Function for 50-100
Late Night Dining
Private Dining Room
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Pre Theatre
This restaurant does not have any awards.
150B King William Road,
Hyde Park SA 5061
At the Hyde Park end of King William Road, ten minutes from the city.
There are no recommendations for this restaurant.
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Julie - 23/02/2015
This restaurant is on prominent King William Road Hyde Park. Now that’s the good bit, lets get to what’s not good. First of all its very dirty. The carpet was filthy the very large mirrors on the wall haven't seem a cleaning cloth for an extended period of time. At the time we ate there it was almost 40 degrees outside and the doors were wide open. We asked if the air conditioner was working and we told to our amazement it was on. Flies were buzzing around everywhere and the smell was quiet stale. The food did not quite have the "breath of the wok" in other words it need life and a good chef, which was clearly lacking. The waiter/owner keep disappearing and the cook in his dirty apron and his gumboots was bringing the dishes to the table. At the time there was only one other couple besides us and once they left so did the attention of the staff. The owner clearly does not know how to run a successful restaurant in Australia. Firstly he needs to fix the front door so it can be closed for air-conditioning and fly control. Secondly the décor needs a complete overhaul and needs to be kept clean. Thirdly he needs to employ a good quality chef and at least one professional waiter/waitress and a cleaner. Then he might just have a cracking little business.
Cheryl - 4/05/2012
I love the food here, without being to China I believe it is as authentic as I have ever tasted. The ingredients are all so fresh. The cuisine is simple, healthy and extremely appetising. I love the crispy skin salt and pepper flounder and the crispy skin duck is great. Chao Shan is my favourite take-away. If you love healthy and fresh you will like this restaurant. The staff are so inviting and friendly.
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