It can be nice to get away from the city and spend some time in the picturesque surrounds of the McLaren Vale and Willunga regions, and it is even nicer when you discover a gorgeous place that highlights the charm of the area. That is just what you'll find when you pop by Christina's on High Street for breakfast or lunch next time you're in Willunga.
The bright red church door and stain glass windows make this look like somewhere you'd head for Sunday worship rather than Sunday brunch, but this beautiful converted church is actually a cafe. It is beautiful both inside and out, you can find sit outside and enjoy the mid-morning sunlight, or dine inside under the wooden ceiling and chandeliers. The tables are all cosy with a neat bunch of lavender in the centre.
Breakfasts are popular at Christina's, the menu may not sound particularly inspired, but while you may not find any 'out-there' options, each choice is delicious and made with top notch ingredients. They make the most of the great produce to come out of the region, and when this is combined with a great kitchen the results are quite mouth watering. Enjoy eggs benedict with ham, spinach, perfectly poached eggs, and homemade hollandaise sauce, or sweet corn fritters with oven roasted tomatoes, wild rocket, and a soft poached eggs. Make sure you've got a big stomach if you think you want to try the Christina's Breakfast.
There is an interesting range of lunch options, from salads, soups, and sandwiches to their Beloved Blue Soufflé, twice cooked blue soufflé served with rocket, walnut, pear salad and Caesar dressing, or the Fish and Chips battered in local Vale Ale and served with a watermelon and cucumber salsa. They can fill your up with a light lunch or a hearty meal, it all depends on what you're looking for.
You'll find plenty of other things to make your meal better. Make sure you check out their range of fresh juices, you'll get a decent sized glass and can choose from some tasty combos. There are also cakes and pastries available for sale, and of course you'll get the chance to try some of the great local wines. One of the best days to visit is on a Saturday, when you're done you can head down to the Willunga Farmer's Markets that are just a short walk down the road.
Christina's is a delightful venue, and the only real complaint is that they don't have an equally tasty dinner menu on offer. For now you'll have to be satisfied with just lunch and breakfast. As the name suggests you'll find them on High Street in Willunga and they're open daily. If you feel like a longer stay in the Willunga area you can head just behind the cafe and stay for a night or two at Christina's Cottages bed and breakfast.