At Bracegirdle's House of Fine Chocolate you can have chocolate for breakfast, lunch, dinner and, of course, dessert. There are several Bracegirdle's in Adelaide with cafes located at Glenelg, Toorak Gardens and the newest at Marion. My favourite though is at McLaren Vale.
Bracegirdle's at 190 makes the most of McLaren Vale and the best of Bracegirdle's in a delicious combination of chocolate and coffee, food and wine. Like most things down south, the pace at the McLaren Vale café is a little calmer and a little more relaxed. It does get busy, but isn't usually as hectic or have the queues of the other locations.
The Bracegirdle's at 190 café is a spacious refurbished colonial-style house with seating available inside or out. Inside it retains the comfortable and cosy feeling that Bracegirdle's is known for. While outside surrounded by grapevines, trees and flowers, you will find a large alfresco patio area with market umbrellas providing shade and an undercover courtyard. There is even a cubby house for the kids to play in after a chocolate hit and a patch of grass for a circle of hipsters, and their dog, to sit and sip their coffees.
It is now situated at 190 Main Road, which was once the site of the Market 190 restaurant. After outgrowing it's previous location attached to a winery, it is bigger, better and open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week plus dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.
Forrest Gump believed that "life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get" but at Bracegirdle's you can customise your own box of chocolates so you know exactly what you're going to get. Choose from a large selection of award-winning chocolates as a treat for yourself or a present for a friend. You can even purchase a gift voucher so they can choose for themselves.
The menu is extensive with breakfast choices like a waffle, eggs, porridge or a croissant. For a light lunch choose from salads, soup, wraps, wedges or a tasting plate. On offer for a bigger meal is squid, lamb shanks, fish and chips, lasagne, burgers, pasta, steak and more. Then there is the dessert menu with a variety of fondues, cakes and ice cream. As for drinks, there is a fridge of bottled water and juice but also a long list of freshly made beverages like coffee, tea, hot chocolate, smoothies and frappes.
There is a lot to choose from at Bracegirdle's but it is hard to go past the Belgian waffle. Not wanting to make outrageous claims, I am fairly certain this is the best waffle in Adelaide. It has a crispy golden exterior and a soft doughy centre that melts in your mouth. The waffle is served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a handful of ripe strawberries with a pot of delicious chocolate.
Sweet and savoury food lovers unite here. It is rare for a dessert café to be able to do savoury just as well as sweet, but Bracegirdle's at 190 achieves this - almost making me wish I'd ordered eggs instead of a waffle each time I eat here. You can have eggs any way you please, but the omelettes and scrambled eggs I have seen are so fluffy you have to eat them quickly before they float away with the clouds.
If the service here was a meal, it would be a savoury one. Certainly not sweet like the chocolate or as warm as the waffles. Dessert takes priority so if you want to be fed first, order something chocolatey. My Belgian waffle was a distant memory by the time the Vego Brekky ordered by my companion was served.
It may not be the cheapest place to eat in McLaren Vale but for chocolate fiends and their friends, it is the place to go to satisfy any craving. Enjoy a coffee and a chat or a delicious meal and a decadent dessert at the house of fine chocolate, Bracegirdle's at 190.