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Published May 1st 2016
Fab food at a fair fare
Having Brunch at The Depot Collective Cafe in Adelaide
The Depot Collective Cafe is the creation of Maddie Harris, who also manages the busy Café Troppo on Whitmore Square in Adelaide. Maddie's focus on using locally grown and sustainable produce matches the ethos at the Conservation Council SA well, and the Depot is a low energy use and low waste cafe. It has only opened very recently, but was already abuzz when we visited. I suspect that the name The Depot is a nod to the former Fringe Festival venue at the location.
The Daily Specials Board at the New Cafe in The Joinery, Headquarters of Conservation Council SA
Inside the Depot Collective Cafe is light and airy, with dappled sun entering the large northern windows. The southern side opens out into the welcoming entrance of the Joinery, reinforcing the community environment of the building. A variety of seating options are available - armchairs, counter seats, and traditional table layouts. Specials boards are easy to find as you enter the cafe.
The menu options will please everybody, no matter what your diet. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free are all catered for, and prices are very modest indeed. The Depot offers a clear contrast to the much pricier and more complicated food and wine offerings across the road at the Publishers Hotel. I understand that the cafe is already well patronised by travellers at the bus station next door.
Breakfast is available nominally until midday, but later is possible with the laid back approach here. There are plenty of appetising menu options, and all are under $10. I opted for Jaffle One, with bacon and local brie and a hint of herbed honey. It seemed a delicious, fresh and light combination which tempted me despite my home jaffle maker being unused for years now. The persimmon, ricotta and honey on sourdough sandwiches sounded so tempting, but will have to wait for my next visit.
Eschewing the ethically sourced and locally roasted coffee (with Paris Creek milk from the Fleurieu Peninsula), I settled instead for refreshing Lobethal apple juice - delicious! My jaffle came soon after the drink, and was everything I imagined: toasted just right, with hints of sweetness from the honey coming through as bursts in a bite of bacon and brie.
Bacon, Brie and Herbed Honey Jaffle Sandwich. Delicious.
Having lunch at the Depot Collective Cafe was a pleasant experience. It will appeal to office workers on a budget as well as passing travellers, with a homely atmosphere away from the noise and fumes common at busier locations in Adelaide. You may get the odd bus coming past if you're eating alfresco outside, but it wasn't intrusive for me.
The decor and atmosphere at the Depot are casual, and staff are helpful and friendly. If you have been shopping at the market and want to escape the bustle, try the Depot for size. You can find more about the Depot Collective Cafe on Facebook and on the website.
Common Ground Community Garden at The Joinery in Adelaide
After lunch take a wander through the Joinery. In the area next to the cafe there are a heap of give aways, maps, posters of butterflies, newspapers and booklets. Outside you are welcome to wander the Common Ground community garden, hopefully they will in future be able to supply produce for the cafe. If you ride a bike, take a look at the Adelaide Community Bicycle Workshop too, or look at the electric vehicle for hire. The Conservation Council SA and folk at the Joinery Adelaide are making real progress in helping us all become more sustainable in Adelaide.