Grange Jetty Cafe

 20161227_160945.jpgCnr Jetty Street & 487 Esplanade HENLEY BEACH SA 5022 | Phone (08) 8235 0822 |
Sunday – Thursday 7.30am – 7.30pm; Friday & Saturday 7.30 – 8pm | Website
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 Eating overlooking the sea seems to have almost universal appeal and the views from Grange Jetty Café are fantastic. An uninterrupted view of the jetty and the beach makes this place very appealing. The café offers a range of food with an emphasis on pizzas and pasta and the type of food that you would expect near the sea – like fish and chips. The food is good quality – the only thing perhaps lacking is that there are not a lot of vegan/vegetarian options.
Plenty of seating inside and out – it can get windy some days so having both options is a plus. Good options for snacks and mid-afternoon coffees and the hours make this a great choice to have breakfast/brunch/early dinner by the sea. Takeaway options as well.

 

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

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.

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.

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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

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!

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