Two creative foodies out to discover enticing flavours and food ideas. When we aren't tucking into our latest delicious find, we're photographing and designing our hearts out.
Published February 1st 2017
It'll be bad karma if you don't crow - I mean go
It's been just over two years now since we left our desk jobs and set out in pursuit of a creative/freelance lifestyle. Since then our housemate has joined us in the creative lifestyle with a freelance business all of her own, so we decided to head out and celebrate.
Sweet or savoury? It's a hard choice.
Karma & Crow is tucked inside what looks like an ex-warehouse on Richmond Road, Richmond. It caught our eye as the perfect cafe to check out because of it's funky, reclaimed, sustainable decor and its reputation as an awesome hangout for creatives.
The bustling interior.
Owners Alanna Crowe and Janie Kammer certainly have an eye for decorating. Everywhere you look there's lots of greenery and wood, with plenty of seating inside at tables and cosy couches. There's also a cosy semi-outdoors section as well.
So many plants and places to relax.
In the centre of it all is the coffee bar/register which was surrounded by coffee lovers while we were there. At the far end is the kitchen where you can see the busy staff putting together their masterpieces through the window. And beyond that, there are several studios and creative spaces available for workshops or personal creative pursuits.
Their coffee machines mean business.
Karma & Crow's menu is a nice variation from Adelaide's usual cafe fare. After all, it's not too often you find coconut sago pudding or ricotta hotcakes on offer. Everything looked so good; I'm not ashamed to say the dishes were passed around the table several times, all of us on the mission to decide which was our favourite dish of the day.
First, let's talk about that coconut sago pudding. It's easy to get the texture wrong with this dish but Karma & Crow have nailed it. The sago was cooked to perfection with a soft, chewy texture in a smooth coconut sauce. It was sprinkled with crushed pistachio and flakes of toasted coconut, with fresh mango and pineapple adding a touch of sweetness like something straight out of your tropical dreams. Flower petals neatly garnished the top adding a pop of colour without taking over.
The Coconut Sago Pudding
Now, we don't often order pancakes out, but the sound of Karma & Crow's ricotta hotcakes with tangy labneh and roasted stone fruit was too appetising to resist. The first word that comes to mind when describing this dish? Addictive. The fluffy texture of the ricotta made each bite more irresistible than the last. Adding to the mix, the hotcakes were amped up with crushed nuts, crunchy toffee and rose scented fairy floss. We were in total sweet-tooth heaven.
Karma & Crow's Famous Ricotta Hotcakes. Famous for a reason.
The final dish of the day was the roasted pumpkin on ciabatta, which was served with an intriguing blended tahini feta, sauteed greens, roasted cauliflower, crunchy pepitas and sweet currants. If you're not a sweet tooth, but still want something moreishly addictive for breakfast or brunch, then this one is definitely for you. There were so many textures and flavours going on in this dish that you'll want to slow down and savour every bite. I just wish I took my own advice…
The Roast Pumpkin with that addictive tahini feta.
We tried a few of Karma & Crow's freshly squeezed juices to wash everything down. The simple orange juice was some of the best we'd had recently, and the Earthy delight was nice for something totally different. That one packs a zingy blend of beetroot, blueberry, apple, lemon and ginger.
The delightfully colourful juices.
Coffee is from a local Adelaide roaster called Elementary Coffee, and it was brewed perfectly and served nice and hot. Next time we'll have to go back and try their Belgian hot chocolate. Bring on Winter.
We love you too, coffee.
Topping it all off, Karma & Crow has plenty of onsite parking with more available in the surrounding streets if the cafe is jumping.
The exterior of Karma & Crow.
Are you an Adelaide-based freelancer or creative? Where do you like to hang out?