The Seller Door, Brighton

20170108_08485973 Jetty Road BRIGHTON  SA  5048 | Phone 0430 292 845
7 days 8am – 6pm | Facebook

Every so often I come across a business that seriously makes my day. Having decided to go to Brighton early one morning just to check out Jetty Road’s offerings, I discovered this awesome cafe along a strip that has several others. This place is fresh and friendly  – the decor is minimalist and totally in keeping with the overall healthy vibe that is the heart beat of this cafe.

There is a small offering of SA produce on floating shelves and the menu items are all healthy with lots of vegan options. I was impressed with the genuine friendliness of Tom, the owner. This is a man who understands customer service and why it matters!

If you are near Brighton, this place deserves your attention and a drive to Brighton just to check out The Sellar Door would not disappoint. The beach is beautiful, the jetty long and appealing and you could easily go to this great little cafe both before and after a stroll on the jetty, a run on the beach, or a swim in the ocean.

Be sure to check it out! A fabulous addition to Jetty Road, Brighton.

@thesellardoor_brighton

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Hotel Royal

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Lamb salad

180 Henley Beach Road TORRENSVILLE  5031 | Phone (08) 8352 7855 |
Dining times Sunday – Thursday 12pm – 3pm & 5pm – 9pm; Friday & Saturday 11am – 9pm  Website

Great location on Henley Beach Road only minutes from the CBD and close to the Airport. Art decor style renovated pub with a fresh ambiance, great service, pizzas and pub meals, as well as a bsitro offering good quality meals at great prices.
I don’t go to pubs a great deal and the experience of the Hotel Royal was very positive. Clean modern interior with plenty of casual seating in the bar area next to the Bistro. Right from the start the service was spot on with a friendly greeting, explanation about the menu if we were interested in eating there, and the offer of ice cold water – wonderful on a 40 degree day!
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Caesar salad

We chose to order in the bar, and the lamb salad and Caesar salad were both fresh and good size serves – excellent value for money. The area overlooking Henley Beach Road was relaxing with a choice of stools or bucket lounge seats and the volume of the cricket and the music was just right. A very pleasant experience overall.
Summary: Excellent customer service – many could learn from the staff member who served us!. Food was fresh, served quickly and at $18 were good value. Great menu choices including burgers, pizzas and standards like fish and steak just to name a few. Easy parking in Jervois Street or at the back of the Hotel. An unpretentious place with a lot to offer. Worth a try? Absolutely – even if hotels are not what you might normally consider this one is worth a go.
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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.
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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

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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

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Mockingbird Lounge

Mockingbird Lounge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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

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