Karma and Crow, Whistle and Flute, Trouble and Strife, Froth and Fodder, Bricks and Stones and now we finally have another ‘something and something’ cafe to add to Adelaide’s ever expanding collection. I’m talking about the new Fine and Fettle that’s popped up on Magill Rd and although this place has followed the ‘Hip Adelaide Cafe’ guidebook when it comes to it’s name, I’m happy to report that with everything else, Fine and Fettle is marching to the beat of it’s own coffee machine.
Last weekend we decided to head east for our eggs and with the news of spectacular reviews coming from the newly opened East Borough Eatery, we had to check the place out. With the building’s previous tenants being the famous Bar 9, these guys certainly have big breakfast shoes to fill.
It’s a beautiful day, the sun’s shining and I’m looking out at an inconspicuous sanctuary in the centre of the city. I wonder… have I stumbled upon the best brunch location in Adelaide? BIG CALL, but it might just be.
The place I’m talking about is Peter Rabbit Garden Cafe, a half inside/half outside caff, slap-bang in the middle of Hindley Street between Morphett and West Tce. An unlikely spot if you’re not a City West Campus goer – you can almost smell the group presentations from here. In fact, I’m feeling the urge to complete the remainder of this review in PowerPoint presso style. Good Morning class:
- First things first, the water comes from help yo’self taps. Sparkling or still, however you feel so inclined. A little free treat to butter the customers up on arrival. I’m into that.
- The place is bloody beautiful with a secret garden vibe in the front filled with green grass, wooden tables and umbrellas. The inside is a rustic and relaxed place too, including benches to perch with a laptop and long tables to gather with friends.
- The menu is everythaaang a brunch goer could possibly desire from granola, bacon n’ eggs your way and french toast to more exciting dishes including black rice pudding and ‘porkabell’ – a pork and fennel stuffed mushroom. Although I wouldn’t call it cheap, I would say it’s a decent price compared to some of the other cafes charging exorbitant prices around town.
- I went for the Bacon’ n Eggs with avocado, smoked bacon and halloumi which was bloody brills. Generous portions, quality ingredients and perfectly cooked. There’s not much more you can ask for from a simple dish like this. 10 outta 10 fo’ sho’.
- There are plenty of bevs to choose from on this menu and I decided to have a try of their ‘green juice’ filled with the usual leafy suspects. I’ve gotta say, it was surprisingly tasty given that green juices are basically the bitter price to pay to feel like you are ‘nourishing’ the bod.
- I surveyed 2 people and asked them ‘Which place in the CBD is better for brunch than here?’ Their response…’none.’ CASE CLOSED.
- Last time I paid this joint a visit, I asked if I could swap the ciabatta on one of the dishes with avocado. They were all for it even though they totes could have charged me more for the switcharoo. I appreciate that little extra bit of customer service. Staff definitely earned themselves a high distinction.
- Definitely one of my favourite brunch places of ALL time.
- Food, menu, staff and serenity were top notch.
- WOULD RECOMMEND.
That concludes my presentation. Does anyone have any questions or comments?
Until next time…That’s what she said.
It seems all I blog about these days is where I got my last serving of eggs. Haaaardly something you can blame me for given all the bangin’ brunch spots in town. We sure are spoilt!
Slap bang in the middle of Jetty Road in Brighton, C.R.E.A.M is the perfect spot when the sunny weather comes out to play and damn, has it been playing hard to get this year! The eateries décor is bright and white with wooden accents and a subtle ‘by the sea’ vibe. You wont see any ‘blue and white with anchors on every available surface’ but there is something that suggests beach – maybe it’s just the salt in the air. With little hints of hip-hop spattered around the place we can see this place has a bit of character…aaand the owners are into hip-hop. OBVS.
My obsession with overpriced eggs continues with my latest brunch locaish, Eire Café. Located on Springbank Rd in Clapham, this place is hidden away from all the breakfast/brunch hubbub of the city and beach. Eire Cafe doesn’t rely on it’s scenery (just a car park to view here folks!) but on it’s food. And I’m sure you’ll all agree with me when I say… that’s the most important part.