Adelaide is about to get its sexiest new venue, and it has incredible ocean views. After months of preparation, doors are about to open at Little Shoo, a 1900s house in Henley Beach, which has been converted into a sophisticated new restaurant right next to the beach.
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The creation of husband and wife team Mike and Angela Slattery, it was Angela who first discovered the space while on her morning run.
While it spent decades as a four bedroom house complete with marble fireplaces, the couple could instantly see its potential as a cosy restaurant and wine bar.
And that’s exactly what they’ve turned it into, with Little Shoo opening on November 27.
It’s been a long labour of love for the owners, with major renovations to convert the house from residential to commercial, with a fitout by interior designer Georgie Shepherd.
Some of the walls have been removed to open up the space, while keeping the integrity of the building.
“We’ve really tried to keep the warmth of the house, so when you step in, it feels like this is a place I want to sit and relax,” says Angela.
The front balcony makes the most of views of the water and the ocean breeze, with seating for 18 people. That flows through to the casual sun room and bar area, while the private dining area at the back has darker tones, plus a fireplace and chesterfield lounge to snuggle up on with a glass of shiraz come winter.
The food focus in on tapas-style share food, that makes the most of fresh, local produce: think dips, arancini, tuna ceviche, shredded duck san choi bao, or buttermilk southern fried chicken. There’s also a breakfast menu on offer every morning.
And almost as much effort went into the wine list as did the renovations, with a carefully selected list made up of 85 per cent South Australian wines, plus cocktails, and craft beer.
We also hear there’s a rather impressive cheese list of imported varieties that’s worth getting excited about.
And as for that name? It comes from the Italian term scarpetta, where when a dish is just that good, so you pick up your bread and mop up every last little bit.
“And that’s what we want. We want people to come in and take the time to sit and enjoy their food. And maybe if you look around and no one’s looking, you want to get the bread, or even pick up the plate and lick it clean,” says Mike.
Little Shoo is opening on November 27. They’ll trade seven days a week throughout summer, open Sunday to Thursday 8am-10pm, then Friday and Saturday 8am-late.
Little Shoo is at 245 Esplanade, Henley Beach.