Adelaide, SA

Paul's on Parade is one of the old school fish restaurants that still remain on Gouger Street, having barely changed tack since the 1940s. The restaurant's philosophy is "keep it simple" and the emphasis here is on serving generous portions of quality seafood whose natural flavours should speak for themselves. Paul's has a regularly changing selection of unique wines from boutique labels.
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218 The Parade
Tel: +61 8 8333 2633
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Licensed & BYO (wine only)
Oyster lovers who dine here certainly do not mind the extra bivalve beauties added to their serve, and neither does the management, as it quickens supply turnover and promotes freshness and goodwill. Surprisingly though, oysters come only natural or Kilpatrick. Oh well. Chef Philimon is strictly old school, and at the glorious age of 75 has been cooking since the flagship "Paul's Fish Cafe" threw open its nets in 1946. It thrived in the fish and chip shop mecca of Adelaide's Gouger Street. Nick's parents purchased it and established "Paul's on Parade" in 1986. Many Adelaidians will remember Paul's Cafe for its retro dining room of laminated tables with paper napkin holders. Personally, I have a special fondness for those kitsch plastic sea creatures that used to be entangled in the fishing net decor of the cafe.

The modern day Paul's in Norwood has contemporary sculptures that live on the walls. It's funky metal artwork of all things fishy. A giant squid caught my eye; or rather, I could not help but catch his. Happily, the menu's calamari is much tenderer than this steely specimen. It comes spiced with paprika or can be found fraternising with prawns, scallops and fish in the "Fruits of the Sea". Finned friends are of the snapper, garfish and hake school with King George whiting topping the class. Baby barramundi and whole grilled flounder leap out of the specials, or hook some whitebait when available. Homemade Greek dips and salad pay homage to the restaurant's heritage. The octopus is pickled; which brings us to the wine list – it lifts this fish and chipper to a very respectable level.
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180 pax
Cheap & Cheerful
Function for 50-100
Outdoor Dining
Private Dining Room
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Pre Theatre
Suitable for Product launches
This restaurant does not have any awards.
218 The Parade
Norwood SA 5067
Just five minutes from the Adelaide CBD, The Parade, Norwood is as famous for its café culture and diverse dining options as it is for its high street fashion and home furnishings.
There are no recommendations for this restaurant.
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Bob and Friends - 27/07/2015
Have been going to Pauls since the very beginning of their days in Gouger Street thence to Norwood returning regularly each and every time I regularly return to Adelaide (July 8 2015). Always take between one and 5 people with me. The quality of the seafood has always been beyond question however, this time the disappointment was enormous. 3 Whiting fillets has become 2, 2 fillets has become 1 without the expected price reduction; this was accompanied with what can only be described as a meagre handful of chips, 3 cents worth of grass masquerading as a salad with 2 one cent pieces of tomato with what could best be described as `adequate service’. Insult was added to injury when we were informed the corkage was $15 per bottle! My guests and I were all highly disappointed all agreeing none of us would be returning.
Michael - 19/07/2015
Forgot the star rating!
Michael - 19/07/2015
Negatives Firstly: the premises were very cold and needed at least a bit of heating. Secondly the salad consisted of a handful of rocket and half a tomato with no salad dressing. When your fighting to keep businesses open you need to think about what your presenting. For example - tomato,cucumber, red onion,a few capers plus olive oil or semi sweet balsamic vinegar which could be left on the table upon arrival for people to dress their salads would at least liven it up. Positives The waitress was a delight. Her smile and happy disposition made it a little bit more pleasing. The actual fish was perfectly cooked. The flounder I ate was to die for. My other guests were suitably impressed with there fish. Summary All that is required is a little bit of heat and better salad and I'd give it an 8/10 but as it was 5.5/10.
Andrew - 26/12/2012
Rare to get really fresh , local seafood, not cheap Vietnamese aquaculture products, cooked well and simply. Not cheap but top shelf, like home cooked if you're lucky to have great seafood and a good deep fryer, a rare combo nowadays
Catty - 17/04/2012
Upmarket fish and chips delicious and obviously good quality. Mostly battered/crumbed deep fried and surprisingly small range of seafood. No crab or lobster offerings.
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