Entering The Black Kettle Café is like stepping into a cafe shaped time capsule. It is brimming with the sights and sounds of the 1960s. Thankfully, the food was not left in the time capsule and you'll find it to be fresh and flavoursome.
The Black Kettle Cafe is a small diner with a prime location on Beach Road, Christies Beach. It is where the locals get their coffee and is known for home style meals and potentially the best milkshakes and smoothies in town.
The cafe is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday to Saturday. There is indoor and outdoor dining available with today's newspaper on the table, which invites you to stay awhile. As a nod to our current era, the café offers free wifi to customers. Like the food, the menu too is home-made being simply printed on a piece of basic blue paper.
As for the food, you'll find it to be generously priced with meals no more than $15. The specialty here is all-day breakfast in which you can choose eggs however your heart/stomach desires along with bacon, chipolatas, toast, pancakes, croissants and more. Also on the menu are burgers, hot dogs, schnitzels and made to order sandwiches. Vegetarians and vegans in particular beware, with the exception of customised sandwiches, there is not a lot of variety.
You could get a slice of cake for dessert but you'll find the service here to be the real treat. The staff are attentive and efficient yet still enjoy a chat and appear to know many customers by name and order. As we learnt from 80s sitcom Cheers "sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came".
The Black Kettle Cafe is home to vintage artefacts and kitschy décor such as a teapot collection and plastic plants. Framed black and white photographs from the 1930s-60s line the walls with a description of each. Some of the images are of the local area and give diners a retrospective of what Christies Beach, Port Noarlunga and Moana looked like some fifty years ago.
My favourite piece is the antique gramophone that adorns the drinks fridge. It almost seems as though the classic 60s tunes like Stand by Your Man, My Boy Lollipop and Locomotion are being played through it. Although I suspect the music comes from a slightly more modern MP3 device. Either way, it creates a nice and nostalgic atmosphere.
In fact, dining here feels a lot like being at your Grandparents house - relaxed and homely with fascinating souvenirs from the "olden days" and delicious aromas drifting from the kitchen that will have you salivating.
If you are looking for a friendly and informal dining experience with deliciously fresh and well-priced meals and beverages this is the place to be.