Food Place Review: Black Dog Gallery
Since starting Fooding with The Yeows, there’s not been a food haunt that I’ve been wanting to write about more than Black Dog Gallery, a hip little Japanese cafe, located at 455 Greenhill Road, TUSMORE. It was referred to us by one of Teena’s friends, Rita, a Japanese lady, whose kids attended the same swim school as Hayley, our youngest. Favourite for Yeow Family & Poh Ling Yeow
If you wanted to know where to find the best Chinese food, you’d ask the Chinese (or the Yeow family!). Similarly, the Japanese would know where to find the best Ramen in Adelaide. On that basis, we went to Black Dog Gallery for the first time a few months back and have been back twice since then. Our resident Yeow Family Ramen addict, my younger son Tyler, refers to it as the place where they serve ‘real Ramen’. We’ve recommended this to Poh Ling Yeow
Black Dog Gallery is run by husband and wife team, Jun and Maki Abe. Jun works the kitchen with his able assistant Aki, and Maki works the front counter with the ever-friendly and smiling Imy. The Abes have been in Australia for around 10 years, with Jun working in various local Adelaide restaurants during that time, none which served Japanese food. Having a yearning to go back to serving quality Japanese, the Abes decided to take leap and start Black Dog Gallery in December 2015. Since then, they have managed to build up a loyal following of patrons. Speaking to Jun, it’s obvious this guy is passionate about his product. In case you’re wondering, the name is inspired by their black Kelpie, named Kuro, which in incidentally in Japanese means um…black! Play date with Poh Ling Yeow’s doggies.
Now onto the food! Truth is I’m no Ramen expert. What I do know is that the Abes make darn good ‘killer class’ Ramen! They do the familiar soup-based Ramen dishes but also have Maze Soba, a soupless form of Ramen.
The soup in the soup-based dishes have punch and some serious dept. By that I mean, you have it and can just tell that there’s been a lot of work put into it. The taste lingers for a little while to give that extra value for money! Making this quality stock is a process that takes many many hours over the stove. The noodles, I suspect, are either hand made or are of the highest quality available. They have just the right level of denseness about them, which forces you to chew a little, which I like. With generous servings of these two major elements in place, the supporting cast, like the optional Char Siu pork, pork mince, salted soft-boiled egg, fishcake and spicy veg toppings (just to name some) round off what will always be a satisfying meal.
Apart from the main dishes, Black Dog Gallery offers a range of other main dishes, desserts (we’ve only tried the Japanese Cotton Cheese Cake, which was also amazing), fresh juices, teas and coffees. They cater well for those who are Vegan or Vegetarian, and there is a kids menu. Opening times are 10am to 4pm on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 10am to 8:30pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Yeow Family will be back
Think we like this place? You’d be right!
Feature Image – Hayley slurping up some Ramen
Top left – Our table with ‘Dog’ engraved on it
Top right – Kids’ favourite drink when we eat at BDG – Ramone
Upper mid right – (from the left) Myself, Jun. Maki and Imy
Lower mid left – Jun, Aki and Imy
Lower mid right – Tyler’s Spicy Negi Ramen
Bottom right – My Maze Soba