If you've ever been underneath the David Jones department store, you will have definitely seen The Coffee Club. Located on the lower ground level of Adelaide Central Plaza just before the David Jones food court, it's pretty hard to miss. This cafe is part of a home-grown Australian franchise, and they boast a number of stores all across Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, New Caledonia and China. This was my very first time dining at one of their cafes.
The atmosphere is quite nice - I like having my meals in bright, open spaces. All of us ordered different dishes from the menu, and the one above was my friend's choice. Unfortunately, I can't speak for the coffee served there, as I'm not a coffee drinker. Breakfast meals are available all around the clock, along with all the items on the dining menu.
This is a suitable place for all meals, depending on the day (Fridays are the only time where they're open till 9pm). All of you headed for work in the morning can drop by for breakfast too - The Coffee Club is open from 7.30am every day except Sunday.
Since I visited for brunch, I went for a more 'breakfast-style' meal. I've only recently started trying out eggs benedict from different restaurants, and I was very satisfied with the one here. It's a bit unorthodox, as the dish uses toast instead of the traditional English muffin. I had no objection though. With two whole eggs and a generous serving of salmon and thick toast, I was completely and happily stuffed by the end of the meal. The hollandaise sauce that came with it was delicious too.
Unfortunately, my partner had less luck when it came to the dish he ordered. The classic fish and chips costs about the same as my eggs benedict, but came with only one skinny fillet of crumbed fish and an undersized amount of chips and salad. I think it would be more worth it if you ordered something else on the menu.
Pancakes with maple syrup, strawberries and whipped cream.
These pancakes were delicious, and definitely much better than the fish and chips. The strawberries were tasty, and the pancakes were delightfully soft and fluffy. I was also quite fond of the whipped cream. The serving of pancakes was quite generous, and my friend couldn't finish the third piece - the rest of us in the group were only too happy to help her out with it.
The Coffee Club is very conveniently located, right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Rundle Mall. The atmosphere is really nice too, and the food is reasonable, fish and chips aside. I can't be too sure about the rest of the menu though. It was kind of pricey for my standards, and I feel we could have gotten the same kind of food elsewhere for cheaper.
Yikes, that's a lot of pancakes. Enough for three, I'd say. It's odd that some of their portion sizes are huge, while others like the fish and chips (which most places give in great quantities) were much smaller.