I will only write about places that I've had a great experience. There are so many local heroes around Adelaide and I want to try and share them all.
Published June 7th 2016
Local Cafe Hidden in Picturesque Colonel Light Gardens
Colonel Light Gardens - named after Colonel William Light (SA's first surveyor)- is what is known as a 'Garden Suburb', with leafy streets, rounded street corners and large sections of public greenery, all perfectly planned and set out. CLG is so beautiful and serene you wouldn't think it was outlined by busy thoroughfares like Goodwood & Springbank Rd; nor would you think to find any little shops of local traders, yet the suburb holds a little secret. Set back, east of Goodwood Rd lies 'The Strand', what makes this tree lined street different to its neighbours is that it is home to a small strip of local shops and a dynamite local cafe - Local Crowd.
When The Stranded Store shut its doors so abruptly, it put the space into limbo, leaving the locals curious as to who would fill its shell, more than that, could any new comers fill The Stranded Stores very large shoes; The answer came when 'Local Crowd' opened up and filled the void, and most definitely met the standard of their predecessor.
The owners of Local Crowd are also the founders of the very popular 'Corner Store Cafe' in Dulwich, veterans to the local cafe scene their expertise is really shining through.
The food is really high quality, all fresh and nothing mass-produced or re-heated; There's also the added bonus of the all day breakfast options.
On our last visit I had the corn fritters, avocado, brown butter hollandaise; my amateur photography doesn't make them look that appealing but they looked pretty good in reality and they tasted even better. There was a really generous amount of corn in the fritters, the batter just held it all together. The avocado was fresh and the hollandaise sauce was perfect. I thought it was a lovely touch when the waitress presented me with little bowls of corse sea salt and mixed pepper; There was plenty of flavour for me already so I didn't need them, plus I could taste and see the salt that had already been sprinkled over the top.
My eating companion had the Warm Rice Pudding with fruit, honey and pistachio halva. This was exactly how a rice pudding should be - creamy, warm and comforting (I had a try). There's no where to hide with a dish like rice pudding, it has to be perfect and it was, the addition of the fresh fruit & pistachio halva gave it freshness and texture.
In a hurry one day I popped in for a quick take-away lunch, looking in the cabinet I had to remind myself I wasn't there for cake (they all looked amazing) and then I saw a simple sign that read 'vegetarian roll', that was good enough for me, I had it fresh, there was no time for toasting. There was no hint to the gourmet filling that awaited me inside, not until I bit into it - this was not a simple salad bread roll; this was a wholemeal, sourdough, thick baguette filled with roast ribbon carrots, pesto, cream cheese, fresh rocket and maybe some other bits.
The owners and their team are all so helpful and super friendly; Everyone takes their role seriously and gives incredible service. The space is often packed or at minimum always busy (a very good sign), no matter how busy, it doesn't seem to diminish the service.
The atmosphere is also really lovely, the interior hasn't changed much it's still the modern, inviting space it always was, yet it's the little touches that really stick with you, it's always very clean, the vibe is great and there are freshly picked flowers on your table.