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Published January 17th 2018
The best Thai Squid Salad in Town
Hidden down a little side street between Waymouth and Franklin Streets is a quiet little gem called the Black Eagle Cafe Bar. This is one of those places that comes as a recommendation and quickly becomes a favourite and for which you will pass by other perfectly good cafes just to enjoy the ambience at the Black Eagle.
I have eaten here twice in the last couple of weeks and both times it has been exquisite. Everything from the food to the service, the location and the atmosphere is perfect either for a quick catchup coffee with a friend or a luxurious, long lunch.
Located at 19 Young Street in the Adelaide CBD, the cafe is housed in a building that was originally a 19th century church and later used as the Bateup Motor Car Exchange. It is known that the church remained intact, although occupied as a business, until the 1950s. In the 1960s a structure was built in front of the church to bring the occupied space to the footpath, however by the 1970s the beautiful gable structure had been removed and the building once again repurposed. Fast forward to the 21st century and for all intents and purposes, the history of the building had been forgotten until renovations revealed the beautiful stone walls of the old church which have now been loving exposed for all to enjoy.
Remnants of the old Church exposed for your delight.
I recently visited the Black Eagle for lunch with some work colleagues. We had booked a table as the cafe can get quite busy and when we arrived it was nicely set up complete with water and glasses. My colleagues ordered iced coffees and juices, all of which looked amazing and by all accounts were reviewed to be delicious.
I, and some others, chose the Thai Squid Salad, which I have also had on a previous visit. It lived up to its reputation and was just a joy to eat. I really like chilli and this did have quite a bite, so if you prefer it a little milder just be sure to ask.
I also have it on good authority that the Caesar salad and stuffed field mushrooms were also sensational. All meals were prepared with the freshest of ingredients and the egg in the Caesar looked perfect and runny, just as it should be. While we did not order alcohol, the bar is licensed.
Black Eagle Caesar Salad and Stuffed Field Mushrooms
Menus are available but there are also menu boards on the wall detailing what is on offer. For those with food intolerances and allergies, there is a good variety of offerings and the staff are friendly and helpful. When I advised on a previous visit that I am wheat intolerant, the chef came and spoke with me personally to advise what options were available.
At $17 for the salads, I felt that the pricing was similar to other options in the locality and, to be honest, I was more than happy with the pricing given the quality of the food. On the whole, my visits to Black Eagle Cafe Bar have been really pleasant experiences and it is certainly on my go-to list for a quiet and quality coffee or lunch with friends.