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Published December 18th 2016
We shouldn't drum on about this place, but we will
We love Port Adelaide, and in the last few years there's been so much more to love, with cafes and restaurants popping up left right and centre. Joining the scene and bringing it's own super cool vibe is Drummer Boy Cafe, which opened just recently on St Vincent near the Nelson Street intersection. Like a little hidden gem it can be hard to spot from the road, so keep an eye out for the sign out the front (and the doggie water bowl for your four-legged friend).
Inside the space has been decked out with timber tables and benches, and polished concrete floors. A mint green wall and little potted succulent plants add a splash of colour and atmosphere.
The light and airy interior is perfect for morning brunch.
Brunch is definitely the order of the day which makes it a good spot to relax with friends over breakfast and coffee or even pop in for an afternoon work meeting. Even better, if you work nearby you can take away anything from the menu or display fridge to nibble at work. There's plenty of croissants, quiches and granola bowls, not to mention homemade delights like banana bread and slices to choose from, and we'll get to those in a minute.
The ever popular granola bowl was a winner for us.
The steak sandwich is unlike any other steak sandwich we've tried. The beef itself is more like a brisket, slow-cooked in its own juices til it's tender and juicy. It was topped off with a crunchy purple cabbage slaw and spicy southern-style sauce, and the flavour was pretty intense. We'd recommend sharing this with someone else so you can each try something light to go alongside it.
No words necessary.
The house beans were served with poached eggs, smashed avo and thick cut toast. The beans were packed with red kidney beans (my fav), chickpeas, tomato and fresh herbs and spices. With dishes like these, I always love piercing the egg and letting the yolk run across everything before mixing it all up. Yum!
House beans with avo, ciabatta and a poachie.
But the most quirky and interesting dish of the day was definitely the pumpkin and maple pie. The roast pumpkin was soft and delicious with tingles of sweet, caramelised flavour from the maple and a crunchy almond crust bringing it all together. Ours was served with a side salad of mixed greens and lentils and trust me - you definitely won't want to leave it on the plate like most boring side salads.
The golden Maple Pumpkin Pie.
Next time we're probably going to pop in purely for dessert... Libby's raw/vegan slices are amazing! The only trouble will be trying to choose between the lemon and blueberry, choc raspberry, Christmas pudding, snickers or twix flavours. They are seriously good, and from taste alone you'd never realise that most of them are completely vegan/raw. We can only wonder what she'll dream up next.
Vegan sweets are ready to complement your coffee.
Oh, and before I forget - the coffee! They use beans from 5 Senses coffee which is one of our favourite coffee roasters. Both the latte and the cappuccino were served nice and hot, just the way we like them. Plus there's a range of Milk Lab non dairy milks if you prefer. If you prefer something a little different, you can get a tube of Karata (Kenya) or Simbi (Rwanda) cold brew, which is served with alongside a huge ice ball which you can pour the coffee over for some extra chilled caffeine goodness.
A cup of 5 Senses coffee.
A fine cold brew if we don't say so ourselves.
Chatting with owners Michael and Libby, we found out that all the food scraps from the cafe are taken away to feed a group of hungry chickens rather than ending up in landfill. Such a great initiative!