Brunch is a meal offered during the late morning that is treated as either a late breakfast or early lunch. The range of brunch-style dishes in Adelaide is quite diverse, covering both the usual cafe-style dishes and those inspired by international cuisine.
Pony and Cole Cafe is well-deserving of its "Best Cafe in the West" award in 2021 in Delicious magazine. This cafe offers a delicious selection of cafe-style dishes, some of which are quite unique. A dish we enjoyed was the Breakfast Pot Stickers, consisting of dumplings with a breakfast-inspired filling accompanied by a tomato sauce that had a bit of an Asian flair to it.
Pony and Cole's Breakfast Pot Stickers (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Fare and Square is a good place for those in North Adelaide who are looking to enjoy brunch away from the busier part of the suburb. Their version of the Big Breakfast, The Big Fare, had a unique addition of a chickpea relish with a bit of Indian flavour alongside the expected sausages, eggs, bacon and toast. The cafe is also unusual in having a selection of dishes tailored specifically for dogs.
Fare and Square's The Big Fare (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Coffee in Common at Hindmarsh is notable for roasting its coffee beans in-house, something which we do not usually see done at the cafes in Adelaide. One of the dishes we liked was the Bob Loblaw's Brioche, which had a generous amount of lobster partnered by a herb and egg salsa and smoked apple slices along with BBQ lime.
Coffee in Common's Bob Loblaw's Brioche (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Luna Adelaide makes their pastries and bread in-house. A dish that we enjoyed there was 3 Meats, consisting of roast pork belly, bacon and sausage served together with baked black beans, a fried egg, baked vine tomatoes and toasted sourdough in a manner similar to a Big Breakfast.
Luna's 3 Meats (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Bottega Bandito's dishes are good for those looking for something a bit different. Their menu has a Mediterranean flavour. We particularly liked the Sopressa Sandwich, which featured Italian salami, pickled chillies, tomatoes and Fior di Latte, a variety of mozzarella cheese, sandwiched between the cafe's house-made focaccia bread.
Bottega Bandito's Sopressa Sandwich (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The brunch-style dishes at Mr Chu Contemporary Eatery have a very strong Asian influence, great for those looking for something other than Western-style dishes. We enjoyed the French Toast offered there, which had a lighter texture compared to Western French Toast. It was complemented by pandan custard, fresh fruit and almond walnut granola and vanilla ice cream.
Mr Chu Contemporary Eatery's French Toast (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)