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Published December 17th 2011
Hidden behind the Bendigo Bank at 252 Main Road, Blackwood is the Artisan Cafe; one of Adelaide's finest licensed eating establishments with a wonderful variety of Modern Australian foods with the blending of French, Indian and Thai cooking styles. Awarded a finalist in the 2011 Restraurant at the Catering SA Awards for Excellence.
The Owners, Jonathan and Heather Holmes-Ross are skilled professionals who take pride in creating high quality food and beverages with exceptional flavour on the premises, utilizing food from the local area whenever possible. Jonathan, a Chief Chef in England is classically French trained; voted the Most Promising Young Chef, 1992, Tatoon Park, The Bridge End Restaurant.
I first dined at The Artisan Cafe on the recommendation of friends. I have returned on several occasions and have enjoyed a variety of their foods whether it be breakfast, dinner or just a coffee or tea with a freshly baked gluten free cake; always with friendly service at reasonable prices.
For brunch I relished the pleasing quality of the Free range Vegetarian Breakfast, gluten free, with 2 free range eggs, corn potato cake, Artisan baked beans, baby spinach, slow roasted tomato, sauteed mushroom, Turkish toast and cultured butter. This hearty breakfast was truly tasty and satisfying.
Specialties of The Artisan Cafe are their All Day or Dinner Tapas menus with a variety of meals that include gluten free, vegan alternative and vegetarian foods. I particularly enjoy the Tapas dinner menu as it allows me to relish an assortment of different foods.
My favourite dishes, so far include the Two Little Roo Burgers and the Crispy Free Range Chicken Drumsticks. Not forgetting Imam Bayildi: "eggplant cooked with spices, tomato, onion and currants, topped with quark, served with pear and smoked paprika salsa and pita points". This vegetarian and gluten free meal is divine; if sharing, make sure you have a firm agreement beforehand, or sharing may become difficult as your dining companion may try to renege, which is understandable.
What is a welcome change for me from the many noisy bistros around town, where conversation is near on impossible, is that the Artisan Cafe provides peaceful surrounds with no background music or excessive noise. Customers can enjoy the tranquil atmosphere to read, chat quietly with friends or enjoy the silence as they study the display of paintings, drawings, photographic works or mosaics of local artists, which change monthly. Occasionally, exhibition openings of local artist's works are held Sunday afternoon.