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Published October 29th 2014
Catching a Barossa Blond for breakfast
Tracking through Angaston early on a Sunday morning there didn't appear to be too many options for breakfast. That is until we came to the bend in the Main Street, and perched on the inside of the bend was a café called Blond Coffee. I thought that this was a strange name for a cafe, but given that there were already a number of people inside, logic told me to give it a try.
Blond Coffee is a spacious café with resealed floorboards and a large amount of interior seating but only limited external seats on the narrow footpath outside. The large windows enable extensive viewing of activities both inside and outside the cafe. On their short website, the cafe advises of a "range of Blond cuisine created with locally sourced Barossa produce".
The display counter early in the morning contains a number of examples of paninis, foccacias and lepinjas with various fillings, all of which look very tempting. The menu also has a number of equally attractive sounding dishes for breakfast, and we end up choosing the breakfast lepinya, and serve of poached eggs.
Our first arrival were the mugs of coffee. These mugs, without handles, resembled large ramekins and were an interesting difference that created a talking point. The mug itself had a well positioned, yet not so obvious, plastic band around its middle that insulated one's hands from the hot contents. The coffee was warm and pleasant, and was a traditional coffee colour, which upon reflection is probably close to a blond colour.
The food arrived soon thereafter in relatively quick time given the volume of customers in the café. The lepinja was a delight with oozing cheese over some farm fresh eggs and local Barossa bacon. The size of the dish was similar in size to breakfast dishes that one receives in the City, but nevertheless was filling enough. The poached eggs on thick toasted Apex bread also arrived, and resulted in a resetting of expectations in terms of what the word "thick" now means in respect of toast. Being around 3cm think, the local artisan bread was almost a meal in itself. My only criticism of the two dishes was the price, which was at the higher end (city prices) of the scale for the types of breakfast dishes received when I would probably have expected something a little cheaper in the country. Notwithstanding the price, the service and quality of the breakfast was excellent.
Blond Coffee is located at 60 Murray Street, Angaston and is open for breakfast from 730am on weekdays, 800am on Saturdays and 900am on Sundays.
As a side note, dictionary.com confused me when I was researching the word "blond". As much as I am able to determine, the word "blond" is the masculine form of the word in French, although this distinction is rarely made in English. The less common variant "blond" occurs usually as an adjective, occasionally as a noun, and is the preferred form when referring to men with fair hair. And despite my experience in this cafe, and my wider understanding of the word "blond", I think I will still call the colour of my drink of preference as being "coffee"!