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by Tema (subscribe)
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Published December 11th 2017
Meet the lovable member of the Adelaide West End family
Normally, you wouldn't think of venturing into the little lanes, mostly because they appear to be empty or not have anything exciting hiding within.


Well, not quite, and some of Adelaide's well-kept secrets that are nestled in the quieter lanes of the Adelaide CBD are living proof of that.

Craftily placed between gorgeous street art murals and another well-loved cafe spot is Fairweather. Presenting itself as a pleasant surprise, Fairweather is a relatively new cafe that first opened in October 2016 by owner Simon Heinrich.

While the cafe might be small, it is certainly all about presenting with an inviting and wholesome ambience. Bright, natural lighting illuminates the cafe. The cafe is complemented by the appealing range of dishes that are available on their menu. A great mix with the minimalist decor, there is a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere that fills up the space to its heart's content. As Rachael from Your Bae Ray eloquently captured the vibe from our brunch, it's no wonder that this place offers versatility - from a casual catch up with friends to the more formal business style meetings.

Quality coffee from a quality cafe! (Photo courtesy: Your Bae Ray)

After thoroughly enjoying a brunch session here (where the dishes delivered in both presentation and taste), I was fortunate enough to conduct an e-interview with Simon (the owner) - have a read of what makes Fairweather stand out as a must-visit cafe in Adelaide:

Tema: What inspired you to open Fairweather?
Simon: I'd worked in coffee in Adelaide for a number of years, and grew to love sharing good coffee with good people. I'd also always envisioned starting my own business. Put those two together and you get Fairweather.

Tema: How did the name come into being - is there a story behind that?
Simon: No story. Just like the sound of the word – the feeling it conjures.

Tema: How did you decide on the location - being hidden away in a laneway?
Simon: I've made coffee in a lot of loud, hectic coffee shops. I wanted a place that had a sense of calm. I also wanted a place that you had to choose to visit – perhaps not so much of a convenience but rather a destination. Hence the quiet, tucked away 'laneway' location. I also think Adelaide's West End is the place to be. Great things are happening in Adelaide right now, and a lot of them are right here in the west.

Tema: What is the ideal Fairweather experience - what do you hope your customers to experience by visiting your cafe?
Simon: I think the ideal experience of any place that you visit is what the staff recommend. All of us here at Fairweather deeply love food and coffee and believe in what we do. Ask us what we're digging at the moment and we won't lead you astray. I would hope that our customers experience exceptional coffee and brunch, made by people who obviously care greatly about doing things well.

Rustic decor (photo courtesy: Fatema Sitabkhan)

Tema: How did you decide on the design and decor of the cafe?
Simon: I've always found art deco appealing – clean lines and repeating geometric patterns. So, that had a big part to play in the design vision. I also appreciate things that are simple yet bold, not creating clutter but filling space with presence more so than quantity. I guess you could call that minimalism. This drove most decisions in the design and décor, in wanting to create a functional space that felt warm and full, without losing a feeling of openness, brightness and cleanness.

Tema: What's the appeal that Fairweather aims to offer to their customers?
Simon: At Fairweather, we don't try to do everything, but what we do, we do exceptionally well. Our offering is simple, but the absolute best of what we're capable of. I guess the appeal to our customers is that you might not find dishes presented in the usual café way, but rather re-imaginings of café classics, with equal parts of home cooking and fine dining thrown in. Oh, and also our coffee is pretty dang delicious too!

Tema: How has the last year of trading treated you so far?
Simon: Great! We have had so much positive response to what we do. People appreciate the attention to detail that goes into everything we serve, and that if you have the time, we'll always chat to you about all the things we make here. 
Undoubtedly, opening a coffee shop in an area with basically no foot traffic has presented its challenges, but I think that word is starting to spread about how good our food and coffee is. I would hope that and the appeal of café itself are enough of a drawcard to keep us rolling along through our second year of trade.

Tema: Do you use locally sourced produce in creating your dishes?
Simon: We do! Although we do not treat this with exclusivity – there is amazing produce to be had from all over the world – we do love to show off what's great about South Australia, and hope that we do justice to all of our produce by presenting it in its best form. It's also a no-brainer to only use produce as it is seasonally available. That way you are getting the absolute best quality produce on your plate, with the least interference on its journey there.

Shakshouka (photo courtesy: Fatema Sitabkhan)

Tema: Who is the head chef and what inspires them to create the menu?
Simon: Brianna Mahoney is our chef and she is an absolute gun! She was a home cook for her whole family before she became a chef, hence why homestyle cooking shows up in much of our menu. But she is also an outright professional who takes her job very seriously. Although we are just a small café with only a galley kitchen, Bri translates fine dining and chef-level cuisine into approachable brunch café dishes. Middle Eastern food is a major influence on our style, with a bit of French and Mediterranean thrown in the mix. I would say that our food is simple yet vibrant, with great produce being the star of the show.

Tema: What are your [a] most popular dish(es) and [b] highly recommended dish(es)?
Simon: Our most popular dishes are our Smoked Wagyu Sandwich and the Mushrooms on Toast, but I can highly recommend any of the Chef's Specials that are running at any given time. These are straight from the collaborative mind of Bri and myself, often focused around what we can do with delicious produce that is currently in season.

Tema: Is there anything else that you'd like our readers and your customers to know about you?
Simon: Only that we are welcoming of all people to come and partake in what we love! We are always experimenting and trialling new things, as we try to make as much in-house as we can. So there are a lot of things that you'll not find anywhere else. We also cater to all dietary requirements so there shouldn't be any reason that you won't have a real nice time.

Sour cherry pancakes (photo courtesy: Fatema Sitabkhan)

So go ahead and be a tourist in our little yet vibrant town of Adelaide and experience the fresh and flavoursome vibes that Fairweather has worked so hard on creating for their customers! And while you're at it, feel free to connect with Fairweather on their social media platforms:
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Why? Because it's one of those cafes hidden in a laneway that's worth the hunt!
When: Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm, Sat: 8am-2pm
Where: 15 Solomon Street Adelaide 5000
Cost: $$
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Great article I enjoyed reading the interview
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