Hey Jupiter Cafe is a cosy little French place on Ebenezer Place, off Rundle Street in Adelaide. The good wife and I have whiled away lazy lunches in the convivial atmosphere and lately, they've begun to redefine our understanding of breakfast. The tiny and super-efficient kitchen produces something amazing every visit.
Owners sketch of the original concept. Source: Hey Jupiter Facebook page.
Our love affair with Hey Jupiter began earlier this year with a simple salad and a roast pork belly sandwich. It continued with coffee and scrambled eggs and was complete when we discovered the breakfast cassoulet. Yesterday we consummated our love for this place of French goodness with a champagne breakfast.
The menu is a delight to wind your way through and most of the dishes are unique, all of them are very French. The roasted Berkshire pork belly roll with cumin spiced slaw and parsley on a soft Turkish style roll is utterly amazing. There are other delicious rolls - they always make sublime sandwiches at Hey Jupiter. The frisee salad with apples, walnut, and Roquefort dressing is fresh and bitey. It's a pleasant surprise that something so simple can be so good. Coffee is a house blend by Five senses and a wide range of exquisite tea blends are available. Soft drinks include the elusive Orangina and there are authentic French wine and spirit options. The pastry cabinet is full of sweet housemade delights to tempt your taste buds further.
Roasted lamb leg, black olive tapenade, fennel, rocket, pickled raddichio, and lemon thyme mayo. Source: Hey Jupiter Facebook page.
There's nothing wrong with a decent breakfast Bloody Mary and I don't think I've ever had anything so hearty and sophisticated as a cassoulet for breakfast either. Ham, beans and sausage are baked together under a crunchy lid of breadcrumbs (or something like that), and topped with goat's cheese. It's a must try for all foodies! The cassoulet is $24 and totally worth it! Having read the description many times we still hesitated at the $110 price for the champagne breakfast (it doesn't include the cassoulet or the breakfast Bloody Mary - that would be a whole 'nother article!)
In the true spirit of exploring, we just did it anyway. The quality of the champagne breakfast, from the pastry and bread, to the meats and cheeses, and even a simple boiled egg, is totally worth the cash splash. If you must drag yourself out of bed for an early weekend breakfast then make sure it includes fresh coffee, juices, and a bottle of Louis Roederer champagne!
They always seem to have specials when we visit, but we'll finish off the menu first. At a place like Hey Jupiter, you know the most adventurous sounding dishes are always going to taste great and they'll keep coming up with more!
There's an impending renovation and expansion happening so it's best to check with them if you're planning a visit. Hey Jupiter is open 7am-5pm Monday to Thursday, and later (7.30pm) on Friday nights so you can squeeze in an early dinner.
The best weekends start with a champagne breakfast.