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Published March 22nd 2017
Sweets and desserts for you and yours to try
A new dessert cafe has opened in Gawler. Just Desserts Cafe is on the main street of Gawler towards the eastern end. It is just what the town needed in an evening venue for somewhere to pop in for a sweet treat or a coffee after a meal a movie or a stroll. The cafe is also open day time, so makes an ideal venue for a coffee and cake with a mate.
The owner, who is an experienced cake decorator, has had a long time love of baking and wanted to open a business for herself. The cafe opened the cafe in September 2015 and the word is getting out.
Mini pavlova at Just Desserts Cafe. Image by the writer.
I visited the cafe with some friends to do a review on a weeknight and there were plenty of people dropping in for a coffee and treat. At every table, I saw they were having a dessert as they are hard to pass up. My friend ordered a mini pavlova which was a little too sweet. She said is was good but the shell was hollow inside. I told her they are made like that so the filling can sit in it.
Red Velvet Waffles are a short term menu special. Image by the writer.
I ordered a gluten free red velvet waffle which can come both gluten free and dairy free. I have never eaten a red velvet baked good before, so I was excited. My order did not come with ice-cream so some was sent out for me. The waffles were not overly sweet which was good and they were not overpowering. My two small waffles and a cup of herbal tea cost over $18, which I felt was somewhat overpriced. However, there are lower cost desserts in the cabinet.
Take a look at the blackboard for the specials. Image by the writer.
Our drinks were average cafe style, but I did not like the herbal tea bag being served in the cup. This is a classier cafe and for the cost of the outing perhaps some small tea pots would be more appropriate. My friend commented that the place looked very bare and needed some artwork on the plain white walls. The owner and family has done a good job of setting up the cafe which needed a complete re-fit, but is still looks a little dull. It is all grey and white and perhaps needs some bright dessert colours added to the decor.
Ready to eat delicious sweets treats in the cabinet at the counter. Image by the writer.
There are three menus. A paper menu, so you can sit and peruse at your table, the blackboard specials menu and a takeaway menu. It's handy to keep the takeaway menu in the car for impromptu phone ahead orders. The menu caters to gluten free and dairy free. The menu was lacking in chocolate dishes, apart from a very expensive brownie. Also, there could be some sugar-free items and smaller selections such as a cookie for those who want a small treat with a coffee.
The counter refrigerated cabinet has ready to serve sweets and treats. Some of these sell out as limited amounts are prepared each day. The specials menu will have new dishes added every six weeks, with winter warmers added as the seasons change. There have already been requests for sticky date pudding this coming winter.
Overall this is a clean establishment that is providing a venue that was much needed in the far north of Adelaide. The staff were pleasant and service was prompt.
With a changing menu, there will always be something different to enjoy here. This cafe does not take bookings but tables turn over quickly so you should get a seat. It would be an ideal venue on a girl's night out or somewhere special to take your Mum or Grandma. Also, an ideal safe spot for young local people to go a date night.