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Published September 22nd 2016
Ready for a crackin' good time?
You know when you're walking down a street in the Adelaide CBD and come across a building with the word "CRACK".
Wait, what? Yeah, that's right - the owners of The Loose Caboose and Whipped have done it again, this time opening a coffee shop within the CBD perimeter. Having a penchant for cheeky name, Crack is the latest addition to Franklin Street, where customers have taken quite a fancy to this place.
Previously known as the gaming bar (The Pad), Crack has done an exceptional job in completely revamping the space. Taking advantage of the high-rise ceilings, larger-than-life windows, and the general heritage of this former bank, Crack is what a minimalist's dream would look like.
The white-washed walls, along with the simplistic yet beautiful touches in the form of origami lights and overhanging wall lamps further adds to the 'clean' and inviting atmosphere that Crack has gone to create. The potted plants further add to the natural beauty, as the natural light from the outside blanket it with added freshness.
There are three levels to this establishment, with the ground floor and the 1st floor being reserved for customer seating. While the 2nd floor is not yet open for business, the owners let me know that they are hoping to set up a bakery there for fresh, baked goodness to be served on a more regular basis. Although, we shouldn't complain, because their selection of baked items is just fine for what we see on the ground floor.
The customer service was a very important factor for me, when visiting Crack. I had heard mixed reviews about their hospitality, but having been there on 2 occasions now, I think it's safe to suggest that their waiters and waitresses are warm, friendly, and very accommodating to their customers' needs.
Upon walking in to Crack, I was impressed by how busy the place was. There were customers on almost every table, all of whom looked really happy with some seriously delicious looking stuff plated on their tables.
We had a look at the menu and decided to try three things off of it - the gingerbread pikelets, the mushroom field, and a cup of hot chocolate.
If you have been following my articles for a while, then you should know by now that I have a big weakness for things that taste sweet. The gingerbread pikelets are served with chocolate almond honeycomb, edible flowers, cardamom yoghurt, and poached mandarin. The pikelets itself were a bit dry, but when coupled with the poached mandarin or the yoghurt, tasted scrumptious! The chocolate almond honeycomb chunks further added to the sweetness factor, but were complemented well with the plain and aromatic flavours from the edible flowers.
Alongside me, my friend ordered the mushroom field. This dish is served with wild mushroom, goat's curd, bacon crumble, fried egg with chestnut butter on sourdough bread. It's one of the savoury dishes that will definitely hit the nail on the head when it comes to a hearty brekkie or brunch meal for one. While the egg had the perfect balance of runny and well-cooked, the mushrooms were well-seasoned and soft as butter. The sourdough bread acted as the crunchy factor that brought all the flavours from each of these ingredients (including bacon crumble, which has now become my favourite ingredient to add to my meals) together nicely.
Not too many people are fussy when it comes to hot chocolate. But, after having the hot chocolate by Mork here, I feel like I may have just found the perfect spot to enjoy this underrated drink. It was delicious, with a subtle light and fluffy edge to it. And unlike most places, it wasn't caked in powder, which is a real pet peeve of mine.
In less than 2 months, Crack has become one of the most popular spots in the Adelaide CBD, particularly around brunch/lunch times. Emanating with inviting vibes, a rustic and beautiful décor, and some great options of bites and drinks to choose from, this place has truly proven itself worthy of a visit (or multiple) from Adelaidean locals and tourists alike.