Are you in the city and looking for a green oasis somewhere by the water to enjoy a coffee or maybe a meal and a glass of wine? Did you know there's a secret little gem of a café hidden below the King William Street Bridge, right by the river?
Lounders Boatshed Café serves breakfast and lunch by the water so you can escape the city and people-watch as they walk/scoot/cycle by along the river path. The parks and gardens in this part of town are some of Adelaide's best and they make a stunning backdrop for this cute little café.
Lounders Boatshed (originally known as Greenland's Shed) was built in 1913 to meet the increasing demand for boats to be used in sports and recreation on the River Torrens. The iconic Popeye motor launches operate from the office at the back of the shed and have been moored outside since 1935.
The café is operated by Christine Ross and Andrew Lolic. Christine keeps the front of house ticking along nicely with friendly and efficient service and curates an amazing South Australian wine list for your drinking pleasure.
Andrew, the brains behind the famous Fish Out of Water fish and chippery on King William Road has brought his unique take on fresh food and clever cooking to bear in the café's extensive menu. Andrew is a passionate chef; he loves giving everything a go and is always looking for special touches to add authenticity and flavour. This is definitely a kitchen to keep an eye on.
The café serves breakfast from 8am (it's worth trying the poached egg special) and quick snacks like hot-dogs and chips later on for passers-by or for a quick stop. You can grab hot cheese toasties all day.
Let's not forget the sophisticated lunch crowd looking for something better than fast food. The lunch menu ranges from dishes such as quinoa salad with rocket, mint, sprouted beans, papaya and pumpkin, to arancini, and to burgers and chips. The burgers are perfectly prepared and presented with the flavour that only a trained chef can achieve. They don't fall apart and the flavours last all the way through. The chips are the real deal, all crisp and fluffy.
Portugese Chicken Burger at Lounders Boat Shed Cafe
Christine says that almost all of the prepared food on display is made in-house. You're guaranteed to find something new and different or a freshly prepared classic to please your taste-buds. I almost forgot to mention the cheese platters, cheese and wine anyone?
The coffee and teas are expertly done and there's a wide range of your usual (and some not so usual) waters and soft drinks, alongside a selection of excellent South Australian wines by the glass.
You won't spot the café from the street; you'll have to head down the hill from Victoria Drive to the water's edge before you'll find it. This makes it all the more adventurous and exclusive.
Now you know where it is and how good it is, you should go find it for yourself! Take some time to have a look around while you're there, there is plenty of excellent signage describing the long history of the area.
Lounders Boatshed Café is open Tuesday to Friday from 8am to 3pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am until 4pm. It's fully licenced, so surely you can find some time to fit in cheeky lunch time wine or two.