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Published November 13th 2014
Peel back the vines and unmask a hidden gourmet cafe delight
Nestled in a side street in Kent Town, and hidden behind a façade of grape vines, wisteria and potato vines is the small gourmet cafe known as Café La Corp. Established in 1989 the Café is located on the corner of King William Street and College Road.
The modest interior reflects a rustic age when wooden floorboards and furniture reigned supreme. The large service counter provides vision in to the Kitchen where Mary and Anna prepare meals as per the menu, or pre-prepare fillings and other dishes ready for the busy lunchtime trade.
The front counter displays a range of sweet dishes, with some delicious looking cakes and homemade biscuits. Sitting astride the counter is the coffee machine, with the Barista busy catering for the passing trade. Inside the cafe is seating for around 24 persons with another 6 or 8 seats outside under the umbrellas and grape vines.
A reasonably extensive breakfast menu faces us, and our choices are made. The Big Breakfast Roll resembles a largish Lepinya with several rashers of bacon, a fried egg, some cheese and BBQ sauce. While it was quite filling for a weekday breakfast, it was of similar quality to some of the other breakfast houses around town.
However Mary's Hangover Cure was a different story. A large wrap stuffed with scrambled eggs, bacon pieces, small pieces of mushroom, cheese and mustard was a much larger than expected serve, and the mustard gave the filling a much larger than expected bite. I didn't have a hangover before I arrived, so I am unsure as to whether it works as a cure or not, but the volume of protein within the dish would surely have had some impact on even the worst of hangovers.
The interior of the cafe is decorated with some lovely modern artworks which provide some vibrancy and color to the otherwise rustic feel. The lighting inside is perhaps a little on the darker side which perhaps is a reflection of the power of the large vines to hide the light and keep the Café cool. However the softer music made up for this, and created a more friendly mood to the cafe rather than one that has the local breakfast radio stations blaring in the background.
Café La Corp is open on weekdays from 7am until 3pm, and provides gourmet breakfast, brunch and lunches. The Café also provides function plates for any Corporates in the area who are looking for something different on their normal office sandwiches.
Further details about Café La Corp can be found from their facebook page.
Little known fact : Kent Town was named after Dr Benjamin Archer Kent, who established a farm and flour mill on which the suburb now stands.