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Published July 12th 2014
Paradise for lovers of fine chocolate
Bracegirdle's - now at 289 Cross Road, Clarence Gardens
South Australian owned and operated, award winning Bracegirdle's have now opened their doors at Clarence Gardens. The iconic Swiss chalet style building which was previously home to Marni's Herbals for most of its lifetime has now been given a new lease of life as Bracegirdle's House of Fine Chocolate.
Since opening its doors in June 2014, I've visited twice and haven't been disappointed. Each time I've visited, Bracegirdle's namesake, Garry Bracegirdle has been there to attentively welcome guests into his spacious café.
Our first visit was for an evening dessert and hot beverage. My son chose Bracegirdle's hot chocolate (pure Belgian chocolate, melted and mixed with milk - choose from milk, white or dark chocolate) and sticky date pudding (served with liquid Belgian chocolate, fresh cream and a strawberry garnish). I chose a mug of chocolate mocha (hot chocolate with a fresh shot of coffee - choose from milk or dark chocolate) and the Bracegirdle's waffle (Belgian sugar waffle served with fresh strawberries, liquid Belgian chocolate and vanilla ice-cream).
As a special treat, my son and his friend each chose a chocolate from Bracegirdle's extensive range of chocolates - handmade on the premises. On weekdays, from 8am until 4pm, visitors can view Bracegirdle's chocolatiers creating some of the nation's most exotic and finest chocolates, including the award-winning Equador (chilli and orange chocolate) and High Thai ('velvet white ganache infused with fresh coriander, lemongrass and chillies in a Belgian dark chocolate shell').
Pictured (clock-wise) Monks omelette, Bracegirdle's waffle, Bracegirdle's range of fine chocolates including the award-winning Equador and my favourite - a mug of chocolate mocha
Today, feeling a bit peckish after doing some shopping nearby, I popped in to Bracegirdle's to try one of their savoury dishes. I chose the Monks omelette and must say it completely satisfied me. It's a spinach & fetta omelette served on toasted ciabatta bread with fresh, creamy hollandaise sauce, topped with smoked salmon. So delectable - I could dine all day on this dish alone!
Customer parking is available (access from Cross Road). Alternatively, there's plentiful access to public parking along nearby Ackland Avenue.
Taking pride of place in Bracegirdle's parking lot today was their mobile catering bus which recently provided catering at Glenelg's Winter Wonderland. Expect to see more of Bracegirdle's bus around Adelaide as it caters for various events.
Did I mention I went shopping today without my son? Well, he wasn't too impressed when he found out he'd missed out on Bracegirdle's and has made me promise to take him back "for more, real soon or else"!
We love Bracegirdles, not only is their coffee great (with cups that you can actually fit your fingers through), but the presentation of their great food (my husband loves the lemon tart with artistic choc. and a strawberry).
We never miss a visit at Glenelg either on our fortnightly 'shop;'
I'm a greenie, so would love more of that on X road tho.