Koko Black

50-52 Adelaide Arcade, Adelaide SA 5000 | Phone (08) 8223 4890
Open Monday-Thursday 9.3oam – 5.30pm; Friday 9.30am – 9.30pm; Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm; Sunday 9.30am – 5.30pm | Website

Do you love chocolate? Then you will love this is a wonderful little chocolate shop and dessert cafe on the Rundle Mall end of Adelaide Arcade. Beautifully presented chocolates fill the display cabinets at the front of the shop and then there is the cafe area with a lounge area upstairs.

The menu is sumptuous offering many chocolate based and gourmet sandwich options. The service was exquisite – probably the best I have had anywhere for a long time. The staff in both the shop and the cafe were proactive, offering choices from the menu and explaining the options in the chocolates in the shop.

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Summary: a boutique chocolate shop that adds to the Rundle Mall experience. Service top class. Food is delicious and beautifully presented. A wonderful bowl of vanilla icecream served with caramel and chipped toffee was an indulgence and great value. Worth a try? Oh yes, even if you are not a chocolate lover you will find something on the menu to enjoy while your indulgent dining partner revels in chocolate.

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Topiary Cafe

Newman’s Nursery 1361 N E Rd, Tea Tree Gully SA 5091 | Phone (08) 8263 0818
Open Monday to Sunday 9am-4pm and Saturday 6.30-11pm | Website

Located at the front of Newman’s Nursery on  North East Road, this garden cafe is beautifully presented. There is seating inside and also outside on the verandah. I would recommend that you book no matter what day or time you are intending to go as they are always quite busy. The staff are friendly and accommodating although occasionally will forget that you have asked for the menu or that you want to order something else. However, overall the service is good which is important considering that this cafe is not cheap.
The food is good quality and made with fresh local produce. The serves are quite small and the extras can make a basic dish quite expensive. Iced coffees cost $8.50 and two poached eggs with avocado is $14. Two scones were $8 but if you want to add their house made jam an additional $2 is charged. The gardener’s breakfast shown in the photo is tasty – again not a huge serve for $18. On a 40 degree day, iced table water would have been appreciated rather than water served at room temperature.
Having said all that, breakfast at Topiary was an enjoyable experience. The decor is fresh and very much in keeping with the garden theme and Newman’s is a top class nursery. The meal was excellent in terms of quality, even if a little on the small size. However, you are paying to eat in a place that is relaxed, spotlessly clean and not noisy, and where the service for the most part is great. I felt the experience justified the cost of the dishes.
Summary: garden cafe in an easy to find location with ample parking right out the front – plenty of shade on a hot day. Pleasant decor that was clean and minimalist. Food good quality and made with local produce. Worth a try? Yes – be sure to book ahead and do not expect this to be a cheap eats option.

The Barker Hotel

32 Gawler Street, Mount Barker  SA  5251 |Phone (08) 8391 1033
Find them on Facebook | http://www.thebarkerhotel.com

The Barker Hotel underwent a major refurbishment a few years back and when it reopened it had been completely renovated offering chic decor, a large restaurant, a roomy front bar and a gaming room. Despite this, things weren’t great after the re-opening and there were many occasions when local people were very dissatisfied with the food and the service. The reopening had been a long time coming and when it happened patrons felt very let down.

I am pleased to say that those days seem to be gone and the Barker has become a  jewel in the crown of this rapidly growing centre in the Adelaide Hills. An evening spent there in December 2016 was a very positive experience right from the moment we approached the bar in the restaurant area. The staff member was friendly and welcoming. We were undecided about eating there so she told us they only had one table left in the restaurant area and encouraged us to take it just in case we did decide to eat. A good start to what ended up being a great experience.

The food was very good quality – served quickly, and well presented and tasty.  Meals were priced between $18 and $29 and were very good value especially considering the size and quality of every dish.

 

Summary: Customer service spot on; food excellent quality, generous serves and well-priced; large airy restaurant with tables and booths providing a pleasant environment as well as outside seating well protected dining. Worth a try? Absolutely! I will make the trip up the freeway to go again in the future.

#MountBarker #MountBarkerHotel

Cafe Komodo

118 Prospect Road, Prospect 5082 | Phone: (08) 8344 7448
Open Monday to Sunday 9am – 4pm | Find them on Facebook

I like this place because of the service. It was spot on from the moment I entered after an uncertain walk down the lane that runs off Prospect Road. You can never be sure what is at the end of a lane and once you have made the commitment there might be no going back! You can also enter from the back car park off Honeysuckle Lane but I didn’t know about that at the time so parked over the road in Kintore Avenue. The owner was very friendly and very happy to chat about his cafe and the menu; and the food and coffee arrived quite quickly – not a very long wait.
While Komodo may seem that it is like other retro places it has been there for a while – before others came on the scene using this type of now overdone decor. Komodo is at the back of shops on Prospect Road so it feels a bit like eating in a friend’s covered outside area –  who may not have noticed that  there are a few cobwebs.  The tables were clean, the toilet spotless, the glassware sparkling – so I got the impression that there was attention to detail in these important aspects.

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The menu was varied and the prices fairly standard – for example, a generous size of waffles was $15. The food was well presented and the coffee a very good standard. The tea was leaf tea served in a teapot. The waffles were served with icecream and chocolate ganache – they were very sweet but they were supposed to be! The poached eggs were served with rye bread and spinach – the eggs were soft just as poached eggs should be.
Overall a pleasant experience set apart from some other cafes because of the friendly staff and good service. There are plenty of cafes on Prospect Road and this one shouldn’t be overlooked.


Summary: food tasty and well-presented; coffee good quality; service excellent; parking easy – either out the back or on or near Prospect Road. Worth a try? Yes – it’s relaxed with plenty of room and acoustics that mean you don’t have to shout to be heard. The owner is happy for you to spend some time there – either with friends or in a meeting and while he does not have power for laptops you are welcome to use yours there on battery.

#cafekomodo #prospectroad #waffles

Mockingbird Lounge

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63A Broadway GLENELG SA 5045 | Phone: (08) 8294 3398
Open Tuesday – Friday 9am – 5pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm | Website

Mockingbird Lounge is a quality secondhand bookshop first and foremost. It also hosts book clubs, writers’ workshops and art events. Apart from books, Mockingbird Lounge also has a big range of interesting handcrafted quality gifts for all ages. Then, at the front there is a small cafe offering a limited menu of house-made snacks and small meals. The main appeal of this place is the ambiance and concept – if you love books you will love Mockingbird. It is not offering artisan, trendy food but the coffee is good and the light snacks are tasty.

The business is in what would have once been a shop with the residence behind. There is also an outside sitting area which leads to a former granny flat which now provides a private room for book club meetings and workshop.

The owners take full advantage of this great premises, filling the rooms with bookshelves of quality books and old furniture that invites you to sit down and stay a while. It’s a bit like being in a friend’s house – a friend who has an extensive library and enjoys quality art and craft.

There is a huge range of books in many genres – a lot of recent best sellers can be found for a fraction of the retail price – and there is a very good offering of children’s and young adult literature as well.

The menu in the cafe at the front is limited to a few light dishes like croissants, home-made sausage rolls, and scones, for example. There is plenty to choose from if you are there to have a light snack while enjoying the opportunity to sit and catch up with friends, or read in a relaxed hassle-free place.

If you love books and taking your time without being pressured, and enjoy supporting local artists who produce quality work for exhibition or sale, or want to join a book club, or just want a place to chill out and enjoy a good coffee, give Mockingbird Lounge on Broadway at Glenelg a try.

#secondhandbooks #supportlocal

Pollen185

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4/185 King William Road, Hyde Park 5061| Phone:(08) 271 0528
Closed Monday; open Tuesday and Wednesday 8am -4pm; Thursday and Friday 8am – 4pm; 6-10pm; Saturday 9am -4pm; 6-10pm; Sunday 9am-2pm
Find them on Facebook.

Pollen185 is a meat-free eatery specialising in wholesome, local vegan and vegetarian food. The first thing that you notice when stepping into the premises is the fresh decor – no shabby retro here but a fresh funky look that works well in this small space. The service was immediate and having the order taken at the table was a great change – as was not having to pay until the meal was finished. There are some novel features such as the bookshelf that you can pick from to read while you’re there; and the collection of driftwood from various global localities – a tactile delight.

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The food as fresh and modern. The chia bowl was delicious and contained fresh fruit which was in season and ripe. The coffee is excellent quality and in particular the chai latte served with house made almond milk and served in a Turkish coffee pot was a delicious end to this wholesome breakfast.

Pollen185 is open some nights as well -definitely have to return to check this out. An awesome little gem in this part of Adelaide. Close to the CBD; easy parking and well worth a visit.

#chia #chai #HydePark #KingWilliamRoad #Pollen185 #Unley

Sublime Cafe

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20161208_11470655 East Avenue, Clarence Park 5034| Phone: 0424 170 799
Open Monday to Friday 7am -4pm; Saturday 8am -4pm; Sunday 8am-3pm
Find them on Facebook

The first thing that struck me about this café in Clarence Gardens was the service. It was so refreshing to be greeted in a way that made me feel welcome. Also I did not need to tell the counter staff that I had not been there before because she asked me first and then proceeded to explain the many menu options. 10 out of 10 for service. I have read other reviews regarding the lack of service at Sublime but I can definitely say that it was very good on the day I was there.

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The meal was served quickly and although it was not busy when I was there, I had the feeling that the kitchen has good systems and is well-organised.

The food offers healthy, vegan and organic options much the same as other cafés in this genre and on first glance, seem rather on the expensive side compared to other places. However, the haloumi served with pesto scrambled eggs was a very generous size and was good value for money. Many places serve microscopic meals for quite high prices and this was not the case here. I can’t say that it was the best food I have had in a similar cafés but it was not the worst either. It came out hot and was pleasant to eat. The coffee was a little on the ordinary side – I had a large size latte and it did seem a bit weak although perfectly drinkable.

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The decor at Sublime was fresh and modern. It makes a pleasant change from the shabby retro/chic look that has been overdone in many of Adelaide’s cafés. It is good to see that some owners are quite happy not to follow this look – it seems cleaner and fresher anyway and this place was light and airy because of this, and also the many windows that were spotlessly clean.

Sublime is on a busy road that runs through to Cross Road and is easy to find. It is right next door to East Terrace Book Shop. If you like books, spend some time in there as well. The owner is friendly, knowledgeable and very happy for you to be in her shop browsing.

Summary: Food good quality, value for money, generous serves; service  – friendly, efficient and welcoming; location – easy parking on East Terrace or the side streets – you won’t have any trouble finding a place to park regardless of when you choose to go there. Worth a try? Yes – an honest café with good service. Give it a try and don’t forget the bookshop!

#haloumi #clarencegardens #sublimecafe #foodie #foodblogger #foodreview #foodbloggeradelaide #adelaidefoodie

Fawn Coffee

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269 Gilles Street Adelaide 5000 |Find them on Facebook
Open Monday – Friday 07:30 – 16:00; Saturday 08:30 – 14:00

Fawn Coffee is a wonderful little gem tucked away in Adelaide’s southern corner – a short walk from Hutt Street. It is in an old corner shop and has been fitted out in a fresh light way – a great change from the shabby retro look that is so popular in many popular cafés. This little business seems to get everything spot on – the decor really pulls you in through the front door and once you are in there, the greeting and service is brilliant. There is something simple about Fawn – and that is what is so great about it.

The food is contemporary and healthy and will appeal to all those who like great food in a relaxed, calm setting. The attention to detail is stunning – not just in the food and customer service but also in the meticulously clean tables, pot plants and outdoor seating area. There is really nothing that you can say about Fawn Coffee that isn’t a positive.

If you live in Adelaide, give it a try soon. If you are visiting, check out Fawn – it is in an historic corner of Adelaide so you can take a walk around this surprisingly intact part of the city and combine this experience with great food and great coffee.

More stobie poles

Surrey Street, GOODWOOD  Stobie poles are popular for children’s artwork. These four poles are easy to spot on the corner of Surrey and Hampton Streets, GOODWOOD.

Springbank Road Panorama (just near Daniels Road). Two sides of one Stobie pole. If the Stobie poles of Adelaide are ever eventually removed, hopefully this one can be preserved.

Mai Kitchen – Vietnamese Restaurant

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5/34 Wright St, Ferryden Park SA 5010 | Phone:(08) 7226 6591|
Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11am – 3pm & 5-9pm; Saturday 10am – 9pm | Website

Mai Kitchen is a large restaurant in the back streets of Ferryden Park. On the night that we were there, I would estimate that there were about 150 people there. The acoustics of the building are obviously good as despite the number of people, it was still possible to hear – a definite plus!
We went there for the vegan options and there are many quality and varied choices. We chose spring rolls, rice noodle stir fry, lemon grass chili, sizzling vegan beef, and vegan fried rice. All dishes were generous size, great quality, and beautifully presented. Including drinks, we paid about $30 per head – great value for money.
The service is friendly and welcoming.  We we able to place our order quite quickly and there was a very short wait to be served the food. Unfortunately, there was no follow up service at all, and we had to go to the counter to ask for more bottles of water, drinks, and the menu to see if wanted to order anything else. While it was busy, there were plenty of staff and more attention to detail in customer service would have been appreciated.
Summary: food excellent; service good but could be better; value for money excellent. Worth a try? Absolutely – if you like Vietnamese food, you should enjoy the Mai’s experience.