Hi there! I'm Sammie, a Malaysian who's a lover of unicorns, bargains and adventures.
Published October 2nd 2012
Illuminate the way to good brunch with Paddy's Lantern
Once again I'm a little disappointed that I'm not a coffee drinker; if I was, I'd probably be raving about the coffee served at Paddy's Lantern. I've heard only good things about their coffee and well, if they take so much pride from it as to label themselves as a 'specialty coffee bar' I'm sure they must be able to back it up. As it is, I'm only able to comment about the food, service and setting.
Located on Gilbert St, Paddy's Lantern has a very bright and fresh look about it. I love the amount of natural sunlight spilling in from an opening in the ceiling; it makes the place look more spacious than it is. The choice of wooden furniture gives it a slightly rustic, homely feel. The layout of the place is clean and simplistic. So far, I like the chilled out vibe resonating from Paddy's.
Paddy's menu is written in chalk on a blackboard spanning the wall behind their counter. Unfortunately, the range is a little on the small side with only a few dishes offered. I usually hate it when restaurants have a huge range in their menu because I'm extremely indecisive and when I'm offered a plethora of choices, I get confused and take ages to pick out what I want. At least I won't have that problem at Paddy's.
I got the free range chicken with a baby spinach, fennel and asparagus salad topped with mint and goats cheese. It also came with a slice of toasted sourdough bread. The salad was fresh and went really well with the cheese. I absolutely adored the bread; it was crunchy but not to the point where you feel like you're about to break your teeth after biting down. The chicken was cooked just nicely; a little bit more and it would've been really dry.
My companion got the Mylor sourdough with seasoned mushrooms adorned with a rocket salad and goat's cheese. You're also able to get a vegan option of this (just sans the cheese) which the staff helpfully asked us if we wanted. Although I'm not vegan, it's nice to know that they're able to cater to different people's eating habits. The mushrooms were really big and burst with flavour once you bit into them. But my companion and I both agreed that the bread was our favourite part of both our meals.
Once we finished, we decided to have some dessert. Natural lighting just makes all the cakes and pastries on display even more tempting; we couldn't resist. We got the banana cake with a shredded coconut and cream cheese frosting. Not surprising, since I have a foodie obsession with bananas.
It was moist and full of banana flavour. I really enjoyed the cream cheese frosting; it was sweet and yet had a tangy little sour taste about it that really caught my attention. It was good, but I wouldn't' say it was the best banana cake I ever had. It turns out that Paddy's Lantern doesn't make their own cakes anyway; they get them delivered from somewhere else.
I really enjoyed my brunch experience at Paddy's Lantern. The ambience was great, the food was delicious and the staff were uber friendly and helpful. Once you enter, you can't help but feel like this is a cool, trendy place to hang out. They're open Monday to Saturday for breakfast and lunch so why not give them a go the next time you're up for a simple, healthy and delicious meal with some delicious (at least from what I've been told) coffee?
Thanks for your great review. I went to Paddy's and the coffee was terrific. Most of all, I enjoyed the smell of coffee aroma in the air once you entered the bar and the atmosphere is so calm. Super like!
Maybe you write a review on Halal food in Adelaide. It will be great