Featuring beer from Little Bang and a wine list curated by East End Cellars, relaunched café, restaurant and small bar HD Eatery has entered Pirie Street's burgeoning after-work food and booze scene.
HD Eatery: A café, restaurant and small bar relaunches on McHenry Street
Though fronted by two familiar faces in a very familiar location, HD Eatery on McHenry Street is a new restaurant concept joining the eastern centre’s bubbling food and beverage scene.
CityMag first met owners Syed and Shinae Haider back in 2015 when our intrepid reporter-slash-illustrator, Elaine Cheng visited the location’s first iteration, Handsome and the Duchess.
Three years later, and after two expansions (much needed – the original space had three tables and was only as wide as the door), they’ve decided to let go of their founding moniker and start afresh, with a broader, flavour-forward menu and late night trading on Thursday and Friday.
“Initially when we started, it was very small and we thought we’d just do takeaway, quick in and out kind of style, but it didn’t work out for us,” Syed says.
“As we started to change, after the first expansion, we started to see different clientele, more corporate clientele. Now most of the people come from the Black Stump, BHP, DPP, Adelaide City Council, they want to sit down and have meetings and have a nice meal.
“That’s why this time we really thought that we’d establish a new identity.”
Shinae’s pastries are still a prominent feature in the space, but the expanded HD Eatery daytime menu focusses on “very clean eating but very tasty eating,” Shinae says.
“What we try to do differently is try to season things differently,” Syed explains.
“Heavily influenced by Asian, Middle Eastern spices, ginger, garlic, cumin, garam masala, cloves, star anise, cardamom, things like that.
“That’s what we like to do differently; heavy on flavour. Very, very bold flavours.”
The menu has also gotten boozier, courtesy of the restaurant’s recently acquired small venue licence. A bar built into the back of the venue taps Little Bang beer exclusively (currently pouring Exoplanet pilsner, IRA red ale, Happyland summer ale, The Naked Objector West Coast IPA and Super Lucky Golden cider), and features a wine list curated by East End Cellar’s Stephen Visentin.
On Thursday and Friday nights, the venue will switch to small bar mode, offering a range of charcuterie, cheese, dips, share plates, and deep-fried favourites designed to pair with the beer and wine offering.
“We’re going to keep it like a small bar, you start your evening, you have a little bit to eat, a little bit to drink, and then you can either hang around here or go somewhere else to finish off your night,” Syed says.
HD Eatery will soft launch its night trade on Thursday, 13 December from 4:30pm, followed by the official launch with their Xmas Bash event on Friday, 14 December.
“There’s a little hamper going on, so people can buy tickets to that raffle. All of the profits are going to Skylight Mental Health. A little jukebox at the front for some music, a Christmas tree, and gifts from us to the customers,” Syed says.
By entering night trade, the restaurant joins the slow-growing list of venues, like Borsa, +82 Pocha, Pizza e Mozzarella, Oggi Osteria and The Golden Wattle, offering a late night alternative to heading to either of the city’s eastern or western poles,
Syed hopes HD Eatery will enliven the area further.
“There are some nice places coming up around us, behind Town Hall, Part Time Lover, they’re coming up,” he says.
“This laneway is getting quite active. So we’ll start Thursday Friday, and if it goes well, definitely Saturday night as well.
“The most important part is trying to provide a good environment for you to enjoy, because we really, really believe in that.”