We were there on a Monday afternoon and the place was busy - nearly every table was taken. I can just imagine how busy this spot is going to be in the summer! This little gem of a cafe/wine bar is right on top of the cliffs at Aldinga and has sweeping seaviews from nearly every table inside and out.
Sourc'd specialise in using products that are sourced from food and wine producers on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Wines are from boutique wineries that produce less than 300 dozen bottles per year. There are 9 local wineries in the wine bar at any given time - the wineries are rotated every few months. The wines from the specialised selections cannot be purchased in bottle shops or hotels - they are exclusive to the wineries and to Sourc'd. Keep an eye on the Sourc'd Facebook page for special wine tasting, wine pairing and wine workshop events. There's usually an opportunity to meet with and talk to the winemaker too. And, of course - there's usually great food and live music to complement the tastings. The Wine & Coffee bar is licenced for 100 people and their events to date have been sold out with standing room only.
We arrived and were warmly greeted by the friendly staff. We then settled into the menu and were thrilled to have been able to make subtle changes to our menu options - very helpful and most appreciated when dining out with food allergies.
First up was a cup of coffee, which was hot and a perfect blend. It's their signature blend which is also used in their on-tap Espresso Martini cocktail. Yes - you read that correctly. They have Espresso Martinis on tap! Oh, my goodness - yes please!
Our rich and smooth espresso martini took just seconds to pour. It was soft and creamy, full of the richness of the coffee and the sweetness (but not overly) of the Kahlua, vodka and chilled spring water. But, alas. It was lunchtime on a Monday, so one martini was the limit for us for the day, despite the enticing choices of wines, cocktails and beers available.
Our menu selections were delivered quickly and were truly excellent. I chose 3 of the items on the Small Bites menu and they were all first class in taste and presentation. My crostini with Adelaide blue cheese topped with pear and Doo Bee honey was a taste sensation and I have vowed to return just to order this dish again.
My partner ordered the What's Up Dawg on a gluten-free bread base rather than a hot dog roll. We both left very little on our plates apart from a few crumbs.
There are waffles, nachos, hot dogs, whole baked brie, tasting platters and the ever popular toasted cheese sandwich available. Something for everyone from breakfast through to lunch and beyond and all are at affordable prices.
In their own words - "Local is at the heart of everything we do here at Sourc'd". This beachfront cafe and wine bar is new and is still evolving. They take their role as an eco-friendly cafe seriously and they take obvious pride in promoting the food and wine producers from the Fleurieu. I would highly recommend that you take some time out of your busy life and head to Aldinga Beach and sit a while at one of their tables and soak up the friendly atmosphere and the wonderful sea views at their doorstep. A definite must-do when in Aldinga.