Do you ever go to a cafe and feel all warm and fuzzy inside (and it's not just because you've been served with a drool-worthy dish)? That's how East Borough Eatery made me feel at a recent visit to them on a crisp Sunday mid-morning a few weekends ago. Their food and drink were beyond scrumptious, but what really sealed the deal were the friendly smiles and the customer service that warmly complemented this visit. So much so that it has warranted an article purely for the sake of getting as many people in Adelaide / South Australia (and beyond) to go and fiercely support this small, family-owned eatery.
Opening their doors to the public in 2017, East Borough Eatery (now owned by Peter Karakasilis) has set itself up as a quaint and minimalist-friendly cafe and restaurant along the busy Glen Osmond Road precinct, where the menu is brimming with a range of healthy and colourful options. With an establishment that has preserved distinct architectural elements, the white aesthetic of the two-roomed open space with arches is brought to luscious life with shrubbery and green plants, in addition to the aroma of freshly-brewed coffee that permeates throughout it.
Delving further into the nature of the menu items, there is a versatile selection of classics including avocado smash, ham and cheese croissants, and eggs Benny (to name a few) and more unique offerings such as banana cashew toast, stuffed mushrooms, and smoked salmon bruschetta - all of which are on my list of things to try over my next few dining visits. Curated by head chef Sanjeev Kharel, all menu items can be catered to anyone and everyone, including those with dietary requirements (including gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly) and capture Kharel's own culinary expertise that he has drawn from working interstate and internationally.
On this particular occasion, a friend and I visited East Borough Eatery on a particularly gloomy and rainy day - which made it the perfect location to seek refuge at - as we supplied our tummies and souls with food and drink that proved to be the ultimate energy booster we didn't know we needed. Opting for the dirty honey pumpkin and the pork belly (a chef's special on the day), we can safely confirm that it was satisfyingly devoured to the very last bite.
The dirty honey pumpkin comes served on sourdough bread with vine-ripened tomatoes, feta, Italian glaze, dirty honey, apple and poached eggs. The sweetness from the heavy-strength honey combined with the savoury aspect of the poached eggs made for a little party in your mouth. While the balsamic glaze might be seen as being slightly overpowering in flavour, it worked brilliantly with the feta and sourdough mixed together. The tomatoes were ripened to just the right amount and had a very juicy texture to it, which could almost be used as a topping for the sourdough bread along with the feta and created your own bruschetta!
The crispy pork belly comes served on a blanket of carrot mash and sweet chilli sauce. The meat was quite tender, which worked well against the crispiness of the crackling skin. The carrot mash offers a cooling component to the spicy tang that the chilli added to this dish. All-in-all, it was certainly a chef's (and personal) special for all the right reasons.
As is tradition to couple food with drinks, East Borough Eatery's drinks list is quite extensive offering a range of coffees (sourced from Tony D'Angelo's D'Angelo Coffee), teas, mocktails, shakes, smoothies, juices, and cold drinks. My friend and I chose the Banana Muffin smoothie (made with almond milk, banana, oats, vanilla, Medjool dates, shredded coconut, maple syrup) and a cup of chai latte. Couple it with some freshly-baked pastries that are sourced from one of Adelaide's finest - Abbotts and Kinney - and you've got the perfect morning pick-me-up!
Overall, the aesthetically pleasing space, the immaculate presentation of the meals, the stellar customer service, and the location being away from the hustle and bustle of town whilst still being in close proximity makes a visit to East Borough Eatery not only necessary but thoroughly worthwhile. Whether you are looking for a spot to catch up with friends, family, or even that special someone and want to make them feel spoilt with seriously decent quality food and drink, a relaxed ambience, and an experience that will be priceless without breaking the bank, I highly recommend that you check out and see what East Borough Eatery has on offer.
East Borough Eatery is located at 96 Glen Osmond Road, Parkside and is open 7x days a week for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Bookings are recommended and encouraged.