So settling back into my very new, old home town, and have to tell you that as one of the cornerstone's of hunkering down and feeling at home is finding just the right spot for Brunch. This is usually something near home, comfortable, homely, stylish and yet always has space for me (without the dreaded wait), a deliciously scrumptious breakfast which is served all day, which lets be honest is either Eggs Florentine and the Veggie Full-Breakfast (both coming from having spent too much time in the UK, where you roll out of bed somewhat hungover on a Sunday, straight into the local café where you'll spend the rest of the day flicking through the masses of Sunday papers and catching up with a equally appealing set of friends).
And the catch is that after having lived in Latin America where they wouldn't know a eggs Florentine, let alone hollandaise sauce if it came up and slapped them, is that I've had to learn to make it myself (yes from scratch), and I have to be incredibly modest and say it's pretty good – hence any old ready-made supermarket sauce just won't do…. I have started on this holy of most holy quests, and have a few places I've yet to visit, so this is just 'Part I' of the quest to find Adelaide's best brunches spots, so far I've been to and approved of:
This was recommended to me, and has taken me awhile to get too, and it was well worth the journey, while they didn't have my favorite eggs Florentine, they did have the mushroom truffle ragout – which I have to admit was pretty super amazing and it taste as good as it smelt (strange thing to say I know, however am I the only one that often thinks truffles smell amazing however am at times let down by the taste??). Also very barrista in their approaches to coffees, which were as equally as good as the food. Anyway, fairly uber cool industrial space which I loved for its rawness, charming bubbly staff, and super recommendable brunch spot. www.bar9.com.au/ 96 Glen Osmond Rd, Parkside SA 5063 08) 8373 1108
E for Ethel This ties in the number one spot, as while they don't have eggs, they make up for it in 101 ways, and ooze an amazing amount of charm, character and warmth – and well I just can't help but love the place; I love the story, the idea, the creativity, the crafts, the atmosphere – and I Love anything hand-made, so this is a real dream spot; shop, chat, eat and be inspired. On top of that their dishes are super delicious, especially loving the pumpkin wrap, and the coffee is oh so perfect as are the special little touches like the words/ chocolate freckle that make it just that little bit more (it's all in the details my friend, details!). On top of that the retro vibe is right up my street – it's a dream start to the day!! Seriously fabulous. www.eforethel.com.au/ 116 Melbourne St, North Adelaide SA 5006 08) 8367 0312
Another stunner, I so love the décor of this place and could spend hours in there swishing about just checking out this corner, the cards, the art, a bit of detail here and a bit of detail there – and then move right on in…. yes I do feel at home there (my idea of a brunch spot is to feel at home, but not have to actually cook or clean yourself – yet feel comfortable enough to lounge / sloth about with feet on the sofa for as long as you like). The food is also good, found the exotic pumpkin / feta to be yum. All in all a great place to hang out in. www.tincat.com.au/ 107 Rundle St, Kent Town SA 5067 08) 8362 4748
Now then I do live in just East of the city, and while I've tried a lot around my house been a little disappointed by either the supermarket sauce or the not as great as they could be coffee. Still have a few places to try over Unley/ Parkside way so to be continued…..
If you have somewhere that you recommend, or have been too please feel free to let me know, so I can add it to my list of places to check out and if anywhere does a real English (vegetarian) Breakfast - also let me know!