Venturing somewhere new for the first time can be a bit nerve-racking. Pleasantly, that was not the case when I gave Rosey's on Unley Rd a try. The plain-named Rosey's is very unassuming, popular and lovely. If telling someone you're going to Rosey's sounds like you're headed to a friend's place for a meal, then it should be no surprise that when you arrive there you find that the idea of a casual dinner in a friend's backyard isn't that far off the mark. Sometimes cafes try for a relaxed-feel, but it's a pretentious, trying to hard relaxed-feel that doesn't work. Rosey's just feels friendly and comfortable. Easy parking off Frederick St is a bonus too.
Upon arriving there were no tables free but the friendly waitress said if we wanted to have coffees under the tree while we waited that a table shouldn't be too long. She also took our order for coffees straight away so that while we did have to wait for a table, we weren't waiting long for our beverage. After placing our order we ventured out into the courtyard area, through a door that could be in anyone's gazebo and sat on the bench under the tree. The coffee was good, not amazing but serviceable, and the tree setting was quite lovely and unusual.
We did have to wait quite a while for our table, and then after we ordered a reasonable amount of time was spent waiting for the food. But, the thing is, I was enjoying the surroundings so much that I didn't mind. I wouldn't recommend Rosey's if you're out to slam down a quick meal and get on with other things, but for a nice relaxing meal it's a good option.
Our side of the courtyard wall didn't have heaters and so I was a wee bit chilly but they can't control the weather unfortunately. The menu has a solid offering of breakfast fare with a lovely touch – that of including where things are sourced from – the eggs are Cleland Gully free-range and the rye is from Mylor – nice and local. The vegan brunch option was seriously tempting and I am not a vegan and would quite often scoff at the idea of a vegan meal – so they have to be doing something right. If you're someone who worries about food miles then I think for the most part you're safe with the menu options at Rosey's.
Sometimes I feel uncomfortable in these places – like everyone else is much more hipster than me, but like I said, Rosey's felt like I'd popped over to a friend's place to take my time with a meal and spend a morning relaxing. It was really refreshing for me as I'm usually more of an eat and run kinda girl not taking my time over a meal so I enjoyed the laid-back pace Rosey's offered. Some days I can imagine it would bug me but it was just what I wanted today.
I ordered poached eggs on rye with smashed avocado and balsamic and rosemary mushrooms on the side. My partner got poached eggs on rye and Barossa Valley chorizo, Steiny's Metwurst bacon and house-made baked beans on the side. The chorizo and baked beans gave me serious food envy – both are musts next time. The eggs were perfectly poached and Mylor Rye is alright with me.
On one wall of the courtyard heaters with dangling utensils gave things a nice feel. There were fresh tulips in water on every table and a few basic art pieces lining the walls. If we had sat inside the home-like feel would still be there with two large paintings on one wall and a cabinet with glass doors and ornaments on top sitting against the other.
Despite waiting a little longer than usual the food and atmosphere make Rosey's a winner. It definitely fits into more of a slow-food category so if you're in a hurry maybe give it a miss. If you have time to relax with friends then give it a go – and maybe book a table not to miss out.