Also known for selling a wide variety of coffees and teas, the Perfect Cup Café at Melbourne Street serves a good range of café-style food. This North Adelaide branch is also notable for being located in the Adelaide Meridien Hotel & Apartments, making it a convenient place for hotel guests to have a meal.
As its name suggests, their Bush Spice & Native Pepper Squid is a bit different from the Salt & Pepper Squid dishes served at other restaurants. The seasoning used is the restaurant's own blend instead of the "standard" salt & pepper seasoning. The squid was tender with the bush spice & native pepper seasoning helping to lift the flavour of the squid. Served with the squid were chips cooked to golden brown, a salad and aioli to dip the squid in.
Bush Spice & Native Pepper Squid (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The Pancake Cannelloni is easily one of the more unusual dishes offered here, featuring spiced meatballs and spinach wrapped in a pancake topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. We ordered ours without cheese because my father does not like the taste of it. The pancake was of the right thickness and was complemented nicely by the meatball and spinach, which had a bit of a creamy taste.
Pancake Cannelloni (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Often considered to be a staple dish of cafes in Australia, the Chicken Schnitzel served at Perfect Cup Café was of a generous size with crisp coating contrasting well with the perfectly cooked meat. When ordering the schnitzel, you are given the choice of having it topped with gravy, Diane sauce, Pepper sauce or Mushroom sauce. The Pepper sauce had a delectable peppery flavour which was not too creamy; and their Mushroom sauce had chunks of mushroom.
Chicken Schnitzel (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of my sister's favourite dishes, the BBQ Pork Ribs had ribs with meat that easily falls off the bone, with the Chipotle BBQ sauce coating the ribs heightening its flavour. Unlike the Chicken Schnitzel, the ribs came with a serving of potato wedges which had golden brown exteriors and fluffy interiors.
BBQ Pork Ribs (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Although we found the steak in their Steak Burger to be a bit tough for our taste, the various fillings accompanying the steak complemented it well. The chips served with the burger were done as well as the ones served with the Bush Spice & Native Pepper Squid. For a bit of extra cost, you can choose to add pickles to your burger.
Steak Burger (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
If you do not have the appetite to eat one of their main dishes, the Drunken Chicken Wings is a good choice. Much like their Pork Ribs, the meat of the chicken wings easily falls off the bone with the spicy BBQ sauce enhancing their flavour without overwhelming them.
Drunken Chicken Wings (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Perfect Cup Café offers a daily range of specials, such as 2 for 1 Pizzas on Fridays and a free pancake with every main meal on Mondays. The café has the quiet ambience of a café located within a hotel, with the tables spaced a good distance apart from each other. A decent amount of parking space is available on the street where the restaurant is located.