While stocking up on some 'back to school' Target essentials, I stumbled across J.D. Brew and decided to take a load off to try it out. I got talking to the owners, Jarrad and Daniel, who just oozed enthusiasm and made me feel so, so welcome. The guys are also the inspo' for the name of the place - J(arrad) D(aniel) Brew - well that's just obvious. A quick chat revealed that Daniel has a well rounded hospitality background working at some pretty top notch eateries in SA and the Eastern Suburbs; and Jarrad, he has an Engineering background but has always had a real passion for creating in the kitchen. You would think that to be an odd pairing, but clearly, it works.
The guys bought the cafe, which is located within the Newton Central Shopping Centre, in June 2017. They worked day and night and pulled off a meticulous renovation. Locals will tell you that J.D. Brew is a refreshing replacement to its predecessors.
Enough about bricks and mortar, lets talk about their coffee. Everyone knows that a coffee can make or break a cafe - that's why, when Jarrad and Daniel were choosing a supplier, they did their homework and chose a star - Dimattina Coffee. The J.D. Brew Barista's are friendly and really know their stuff. For those of you who aren't coffee drinkers, there is plenty more to choose from including a huge range of Tea Drop specialty teas, iced drinks, milkshakes, healthy juices, the list goes on. Calling all carers of tiny tots and hustling 'mothers groups', with every hot drink purchased, your little one will get a FREE babycino.
I encountered a really friendly team of staff during my visit to J.D. Brew, who delivered orders to customers which were seated at comfy indoor and outdoor tables. The number of patrons fluctuated, but it always maintained a quiet, relaxed vibe. Magazines and daily newspapers are offered and for those wanting to work outside the office, free wifi is available - just ask for the code. The little ones are catered for too, with IKEA highchairs and handy tools for some colouring in.
What is really noticeable about J.D. Brew, is their support for local SA produce and businesses. From the art which adorns their walls (which is for sale if you're in the market), to the small goods, salad dressings and condiments. It was good to see that they are a part of the #ichoosesa movement. Speaking of small goods - this is the part of my visit which I really enjoyed: the food.
It was a toss-up between an item from their all-day breakfast menu, a gourmet hotdog, a healthy salad or a fresh lepinja. It had to be the hotdog. Simply put, it was finger licking, home style, gourmet, tasty goodness. This was no ordinary hot dog. You have to try one for yourself, otherwise you wouldn't possibly understand. I washed down the 'dog with a fresh iced latte, an exceptional caffeine hit on a hot day. I simply couldn't leave without trying a delicious looking caramel slice - one of the many J.D. Brew 'made in-house' delicacies. Honestly, I don't normally go for sweets which are, well, sweet; but the JD Caramel Slice was the perfect combination of biscuit, caramel and tempered milk and dark chocolate.
Overall, J.D. Brew is a brilliant cafe option in the Northeastern suburbs of Adelaide - a must try for those of you who have been waiting for something new. Check out their Facebook Page for more info.