Located at the former location of Kong's Kitchen on Pulteney Street in Adelaide, Luna Adelaide is a little cafe that notably bakes its pastries and bread fresh daily in house. Aside from the dishes on their regular menu, you can also check with the staff for the specials available for the day.
The 3 Meats dish is a bit like a Big Breakfast, consisting of roast pork belly, bacon and sausage served with baked black beans, a fried egg, baked vine tomatoes and toasted sourdough. All the meats had a nice degree of smoky flavour and the pork belly was cooked sufficiently to give it a nice crispiness. The black beans had a bit of bite to them and the sweetness of the vine tomatoes balanced out the other ingredients.
3 Meats (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the specials available during our visit, the confit duck leg in the Confit Duck Brioche had flesh that was tender enough to easily separate from the bone. It was pan-fried to crisp up the skin to provide some contrast. Aside from a salad to provide some freshness, the duck also came with grilled figs and a poached egg with a runny yolk. We particularly enjoyed the brioche, which was light and fluffy and was perfectly toasted.
Duck Brioche (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A good choice for vegetarians, the Creamy Polenta was not too thick and had a buttery taste. The mushrooms imparted a slight earthy taste to the dish, and the kale and spinach were deep-fried to provide a change of texture from the softer ingredients. A drizzling of chive oil over the polenta completed the dish.
Creamy Polenta (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Among the pastries available during our visit were Madeleines, a French sponge cake that gets its distinctive appearance from being baked in a pan with shell-shaped depressions. The cakes had a delightful fluffy texture and enough vanilla flavour to make eating them an enjoyable experience. Also offered was a matcha version that had a slightly bitter flavour.
Madeleines (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The décor of the café gave it a cosy feel, with a central large benchtop and small tables with high stools along the wall. The big window in front brightens up the cafe. From mid-March, customers can look forward to a wine bar focused menu during the evenings.