Many Adelaideans would well remember the rowing boats on Rymill Park Lake. We were all sad when the kiosk closed - but that was because we'd all grown up and moved away. The rowboats are still packed away but the shutters have finally come up again on the iconic old kiosk.
The view from Colada is intrinsically Adelaide. First, you are shaded by the wide awning and tall trees just metres from the lake. On one side of you is the beautiful open space of the Adelaide Parklands while on the other there is the Fringe festival with all its sound and colour. Colada occupies a tranquil space that festival goers might like to retreat to for a bit of a break from the hustle and bustle. It's also accessible anytime during the Fringe because it's not within the fences surrounding Gluttony.
The menu is simple but with enough choice to take you through from breakfast until late. There's a range of crepes – savoury and sweet – with interesting combinations like the K POP with cheddar, kimchi, and spinach - or the 'Merica with brisket, pickles and slaw. There's also some excellent gourmet sandwiches and you can order a range of extras as sides.
On our visit, we ordered the Kiddo crepe (ham, cheese, tomato) to share. It was quickly followed by a smoked trout bagel from the specials board and a good old BLT. We enjoyed them all. It only takes a few excellent ingredients to make great food.
There's also ice-creams and all sorts of other delicious, sweet treats on the counter to choose from.
They do great coffee, served with cute collector teaspoons. The cold drinks cabinet has something for everyone. For the late crowd, they've got beers, wines, ciders, and a couple of cheeky cocktails. Although a Bloody Mary can be considered a breakfast cocktail right?
Colada is in a perfect spot for those heading to see BOREALIS at Rymill Park with a great view of the proceedings and the entrance is only metres away. It's also a great spot if you reckon it's looking a bit hot and dusty to hang around inside the Fringe venues. You could also just go for old times' sake.
Colada at Rymill Park is open Tuesday to Thursday nights and open on Fridays to Sundays from 8 am until late. It looks they'll be only there until the end of March (at this stage) so don't wait.