Japanese food is a permanent favourite among the Aussie public, and few places draw in the sushi set quite like Hotaru. They’re an unassuming, uncomplicated restaurant on Gouger Street in Adelaide city centre with a flair for fresh fish – in fact they claim to be the only restaurant in the city serving local South Australian bluefin tuna. If that isn’t a reason to go there, we don’t know what is: so book a table now and head on over.
We love going to Hotaru. The service is always excellent and very friendly. Last night's chicken teriyaki was overcooked and dry (and just a little bit burnt) which was very unusual - I think we've been there 10 times and this was a first. However, the rest of the meal was excellent as usual and the sushi was great.
Food is amazing, good service, they have tried with the decor but it'd the food that will have you coming back for sure, reasonably priced for Japanese meal
Eating at Hotaru is always an excellent experience. It's a pity it's a little out of the way - just on the wrong side of Morphett Street to get much passing trade. It's a somewhat hidden gem we always highly recommend.
If you’re looking for authentic Asian food in Australia, then you’re spoilt for choice. From the red-lanterned Chinatown joints to Little Saigon noodle shops and Thai restaurants that can blow your socks off with their spice, you’ll never lack for something to eat, and when it comes to Japanese food, Adelaide has one of the best options around: Hotaru on Gouger Street in the city centre.
Hotaru build their reputation on providing the best possible ingredients: such an important factor when make dishes that need to be fresh, as good sushi and sashimi must be. They source their tuna, for example, from local South Australian waters – something unique in Adelaide – and they serve them up simply, allowing the freshness to shine through. Reserve your table at Hotaru on Gouger Street in the city centre for a Japanese dining experience like no other.