Many people will remember the little octagonal-shaped kiosk at the front of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital. The Sheridan Kiosk was built in 1925 as both a kiosk for the hospital and a memorial for Keith Sheridan and was run by the RAH auxiliary to raise funds for hospital linen and for establishing a Women's hospital in Adelaide.
Community Cafe Bar and the Australian Space Dicovery Centre - Image by author
Not only has the tiny domed building survived the transformation now happening at Lot Fourteen, but it's also been immaculately restored and updated. This clean looking little building has been reborn and now operates as a café-bar called Community.
Most days of the week, there's a line out the door for takeaway coffee. When you try the coffee yourself, you'll see why.
The menu is an Asian-inspired mix of breakfast and lunch meals with bar snacks, meats, and cheeses available in the evenings. There's also a lip-smacking range of delicious pastries to go with your coffee. Local suppliers are prioritised with most menu items being sourced in and around Adelaide, except for the coffee, which is from Melbourne. Sorry Adelaide, but Melbourne coffee roasters are too good!
Big and beautiful French doors open onto a plaza facing North Terrace and the inviting space retains a historic feel. It's warm and cosy inside (with indoor heaters) for the cold and wintery days and there's plenty of outdoor seating for the nice days.
Still, on a mission to try all the gourmet burgers in South Australia, I opted for the double cheeseburger with smoked mozzarella, pickles, caramelised onions, secret mayo, and shoestring fries. The burger came with a knife and fork and in hindsight, they may have been the better option with which to eat it. Nevertheless, the firm burger patties, tasty and melty cheeses, soft brioche bun and tangy slaw all came together to create a balanced flavour profile. At $22, a generous helping of fries is definitely warranted. Overall, it's the high quality of the ingredients that makes this burger good value. You can't make this at home.
The other menu items range from egg and bacon rolls and acai bowls to exotic Asian inspired takes on scrambled eggs (here with togarashi butter, blackened corn, bean sprouts, Thai basil, shallot, and chilli), and soba noodles for when you're on a health kick.
From 5 – 9 pm, you can enjoy a range of bar snacks with baos, chicken katsu sandos, dumplings and cheese and meat platters. The drinks menu is extensive and locally based. SA wines and spirits feature prominently with tap beers by Mismatch Brewing and other SA beers in bottles and cans. A full range of expertly made coffees and teas are available as are juices and soft drinks.
Community is also a great place to people watch through its large windows and from the open outdoor seating. Movers and shakers in Adelaide's entrepreneurial and innovative Lot 14 district meet here often while people from all walks of life stroll along North Terraces' wide footpaths to and from the nearby Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
It's light, it's airy, the food is excellent and the coffee is even better. Community is worth a visit, not just for old times' sake but also to try something very new and interesting in a rapidly changing part of Adelaide. Situated close to existing attractions like the Botanic Gardens and new and emerging attractions like the Australian Space Discovery Centre and the to-be-built Aboriginal Arts and Cultures centre,
Community looks set to retain the iconic status of the old kiosk and claim a new reputation all of its own.
Get your coffees from 7 am - 4 pm Monday to Friday. The kitchen is open from 8:00 am - 2:30 pm and the bar is open Fridays until late with small plates available from 5 pm. Brunch from 10 am on weekends.