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Buskers Restaurant - Rundle Mall

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Published August 10th 2012
Can you escape it all while still being in Rundle Mall?

I have wanted to try Buskers Restaurant/Cafe at the Beehive Corner end of Rundle Mall for quite some time but have just never gotten around to it before now. The interior of its little marquee provides a nice escape from the bustle of the mall and the coffee and cake deal is $8, so not super cheap but not expensive either and you can choose between carrot, chocolate or cheesecake.

The carrot cake was nice, but the icing not as good as some as it was hard rather than the gooey creamy ones I prefer. The coffee was fine, nothing to write home about but not terrible.

When we entered there were dirty dishes left on a few tables which wasn't the best look. The service was fine, but with three staff members that I could see things should've been running a bit more smoothly. There didn't seem to be much team-work or communication going on. The few trees inside are a nice touch, but they don't quite manage to make you forget you're in Rundle Mall.

The idea of the cafe is a good one, and as I said it did provide a nice little escape from the hectic mall. However, there wasn't much else to recommend a return visit. In the film 10 Things I Hate About You, there's an exchange about the word 'whelmed' where one slightly ditsy character says to another, 'I know you can be underwhelmed, and you can be overwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?' To which her equally ditsy friend replies, 'I think in Europe you can.' This exchange pretty much sums up my trip to Buskers. It wasn't great, and it wasn't terrible, but after my experience today I don't know if I'd return again.

There are other places close by where you can get a better coffee and if you're really looking for a lovely meal in a place oozing ambiance then, sadly, you probably won't find it in Rundle Mall.
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Why? Escaping the mall for coffee and food
When: Breakfast and Lunch 7 Days. Dinner Fridays
Phone: 8212 6369
Where: Stall 6 Rundle Mall Adelaide
Cost: Varies. $8 for coffee and cake
Your Comment
Oh dear. I am guessing they won't ask you to feature this review Kathleen :)
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11297) 2751 days ago
I agree with your assessment - it could be so much more.
by Justc (score: 2|139) 2751 days ago
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