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Adelaide's inner south western suburbs have always been short of good cafes compared to our eastern neighbours. People near Unley Road and King William Road are rather spoilt for choice, and when the Tram Stop 4 Cafe closed recently I was quite disappointed.
However, a bakery on the other side of the tram line was recently replaced by a brand new cafe - Dear Daisy on Leah Street in Forestville. Deprived of one of my favourite flavoured pie, I dropped in to find out what else was on offer.
Owners Mark and Felicity were quick to welcome me, and after browsing their all day breakfast menu and lunch specials I couldn't get the idea of a Bacon Benny (eggs Benedict with bacon) out of my mind. Several of the other breakfast ideas were tempting too - the eggs Florentine and the spicy soup sounded great also. I finally settled for my original choice, and not being a great coffee drinker I asked for a hot chocolate to drink.
While I waited for my meal several customers arrived despite the cold and wet weather. Being located just metres away from tram stop 4, on a busy street south of Adelaide pretty much guarantees a captive clientele in the area. Parking is limited on Leah Street, but there is plenty of space along Norman Terrace literally just around the corner. With the busy Showgrounds Farmers' Market just down the road, it's not surprise that Dear Daisy gets packed on weekends.
Bacon Benny (Eggs Benedict & Bacon) - a Delicious Hot Breakfast
My generous sized hot chocolate arrived quickly and was just how I like it, hot and well flavoured, accompanied by a marshmallow. The eggs Benedict came soon after, and had exactly what I wanted - eggs with soft runny yolks, lean bacon and tangy lemon flavoured Benedict sauce, all served on fresh Turkish bread. The presentation was every bit as good as the taste, and for $12 I thought it a bargain. There's no doubt that I will make a return visit here to try some of the other menu options.
Mark said that the Dear Daisy menu will be tweaked in the next couple of weeks, expanded a little to accommodate customer feedback. But I could easily have eaten most things on the breakfast menu or lunch specials board. While I found the eggs Benedict quite filling, there are other choices for people with larger appetites. If the breakfast ideas on offer aren't exactly to your liking, then I'm sure that Mark and Felicity can tailor them to suit you.
Hearty lunch specials included a pulled pork and slaw bun, a vegetarian burger that sounded delicious, and some very innovative combinations available on wraps and bagels.
Dear Daisy is a modest sized cafe, so given the popularity of an all day breakfast menu you may need to get in early on weekends to find a seat. During the week room shouldn't be a problem and kids are very welcome here too - there's a high chair and kids' colouring books available on request.
The Dear Daisy cafe opens early enough on week days (from Tuesday to Friday it opens at 7am) for people to get a bite to eat or cup of great coffee or tea before going to work. For regulars a loyalty card gets your sixth coffee free, find our more about Dear Daisy on Facebook or just pop in and take a look - I don't think you will leave with an empty stomach!