coffee

Paddy’s Lantern – WOW what a statement!

Paddy’s Lantern – Gilbert street Adelaide.

This little tucked away on a busy street cafe, is starting to become a fashion statement in adelaide. It’s fancy tiled bench with quirky interior design, with lots of seating inside and out has already got a strong regular following.

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the food regularly changes to suit whats in season, and they use fresh accessible produce from around adelaide. The staff… WOW the staff are absolutely mind blowingly beautiful. Honest, down to earth, clearly HAPPY to be at work & obviously well looked after. I think i enjoyed the staff’s company more than my own, and wanted to go work behind the counter with them. they are here to make a statement, and that they did!

The picture above is their own take on a waffle. it was not waffle texture, but it was flavoursome. it was almost like a slice of french toast. my daughter absolutely loved it. i’m not sure it would win any awards for being visually “pretty” but it was so delicious, who cares!

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Talk about perfect coffee porn photo right here!! it was beautiful, and made well. I would definitely go back for a good quality coffee.

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then there was this… Although on first impressions of this dish coming out weren’t as great as first thought, it certainly tasted delicious. That potato patty was soooo yum! I think I could have eaten a whole stack of them 😊 Spinach cooked al’dente topped with a fried egg all sitting on a bed of red pepper purée. again not the prettiest of food porn that we have posted. but definitely up there with the best cafe’s in adelaide.

Is Jamie Olivers Italian (Adelaide) really all its cracked up to be?

The question on everybody’s lips… How good is it?

Well you be the judge. if food looks this good, does it mean it tastes even better?

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Jamie’s italian Adelaide

– Burger Italiano –

chargrilled beef burger with melted fontina cheese, sweet tomato salsa, pickles, chili & crispy fried onions.

Can you handle that?? I actually moved back to fit this burger into the picture frame. Seriously an impressive stack when first coming out. However with all the hype of how brilliant Jamie’s Italian was had me slightly disappointed. Once I pushed the lettuce down and decided to cut this burger in half it was “just another burger” and a considerably over priced one at that! $19.50, with no side, not even a little side of extra tomato salsa or even a creamy mayo or aioli. I purchased a side of – posh chips which were cooked in truffle oil & topped with parmesan, came in a cup size for $7.50!

The meat in the burger was excellent quality, and the taste/combination of everything together worked. Only thing really disappointing was those crispy fried onion rings. Mine were far from crispy- they tasted fabulous, but we’re NOT crispy, and it was 2 tiny onion rings… Thinly cut, not crispy but good flavour. Hmmmm I dunno, call me picky, but from all the hype I expected more from Jamie.

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Tasty truffle oil, really… Can life get any better when you read those words on a menu? They certainly were delicious

and here we have a succulent Pumpkin Panzerotti, pasta filled with roasted squash, ricotta & parmesan in a pumpkin, chili & rosemary butter with smashed amaretti.

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Delicious and creamy, with a very subtle chili flavour.

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The interior design of Jamies Italian was unusual, and not what i expected. it was very very antique old school, complete with prison bars surrounding the toilets under the dining room. It was almost creepy going to the toilet.

I was not impressed by the customer service, of that the waitress’s on the day we visited were all over the place. switching tables, and rushing us to pay the bill when we hadn’t completely finished our meal.

The coffee was VERY standard, and not great.

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Try it, compare it, see what you think. I would go back, to try the share plates of food – however this is probably about it.

a hidden GEM? hard to believe i hadnt been

Introducing:

The Bowery Kitchen

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a pretty and unique cafe set up, with a quick walk in “over the counter” food variety, selling pies, sushi, fast salads, healthy alternatives but ultimately fast all ready prepared meals. It comes complete with its very own grocery shop out the back, with a fully functioning cafe “sit down” seating area with a different menu all together. with a front window of cakes and pastry treats along with coffee and pressed juices.

The staff are all very lovely and quick to take your order (even through the mad rush of LUNCH hour was happening) which is always a plus. They have a much bigger variety than first thought. So there is certainly something here for all. It suits different budgets, and vegetarian or vegan. A great place to have a meeting or just a friendly get together. Alcohol is also sold here!

Only downfall was our waitress…. She was off with the fairies the whole time. Stopping mid walk, forgetting what she was doing, forgetting what we ordered. Asking us if everything was ok, more than it was needed (at least 3 times while we were eating) then she wanted to take our plates away when they were not finished. She was a little bit too much to handle on a lunch break. As she seemed confused her self.

the food was very well presented and tasted delicious, i would certainly recommend and go back again. i would love to go back for breakfast.

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A small or BIG breakky – you choose! Grind it Espresso, Glenelg

How’s this for a teeny weeny breakky?

Cinnamon crumpet bite with marscapone & choc sauce

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packed full of punch, a delightful little serve that seriously got your tastebuds ready for more to come! Like we’ve said before… Matts 5 stomachs… they were on a roll this particular day.

any one for Turkish Bread French Toast, with pear and honey marscapone

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However this did look WAYYYYYYYYYY better than it tasted. the bread was a bit of a let down, however the whole dish would have been a 6/10 because of the bread.

and then came this, it kind of just happened this way! sooooo delicious and scrumptious.

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A delightful place to visit for breakfast of lunch. if your in the glenelg area, this is certainly a place to stop for a bite to eat and a coffee (or two!)

The Locavore – Stirling

On a beautiful day where the sun is shining, the tunes are playing in the back ground, the cafe is packed you know your in for something TOPS.
The menu looked appertising and the food coming out looked very good value for money. However when you’ve already eaten lunch you succumb to dessert with a coffee!
Spanish baked cheese cake with apricot compot

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And a delicious looking dessert it was!
The serving size was very reasonable, enough to say it was on the larger side. However it was missing something, it was missing a crunch, a crumble, a BASE. It desperately needed another texture to the plate. Hands down faultless in flavour with what was presented. A nice rich creamy fluffy cheese, with yumtastic apricots.

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The kids enjoyed a VERY CHOCOLATE iced chocolate, that was delish!
Our coffee was strong, but was very much needed this way after dragging 3 children through the stirling market!

We will go back, for the food looked fantastic and everything had a reasonable price tag for a couple.

The Pantry On Egmont

Seriously YUM = The Pantry on Egmont

This week we enjoyed a spontaneous lunch together. Of course The Pantry is probably in our TOP 5 places to visit in Adelaide so it wasn’t a hard choice when given the chance to go out for lunch, on where to go and what to choose. The worst part was deciding what to have because I felt like lunch but am always torn between them offering a BEAUT all day breakky!

Always a place to visit if you are on the out skirts of the city and are looking for a quirky little cafe with an all day breakfast.

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