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The House of Donkey Vegetarian Cafe

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by Samantha Lau (subscribe)
Hi there! I'm Sammie, a Malaysian who's a lover of unicorns, bargains and adventures.
Published December 13th 2012
Hello, I am a Donkey and this is my House
I was walking down Sturt Street one day when I happened to pass by a window proclaiming a cafe's name: the House of Donkey.

Intrigued, I stepped in. There was no way I was going to pass on eating at a cafe with such a cute and quirky name.

I absolutely love how this cafe looks. The full length windows mean that lots of natural light gets in and that helps brighten up the place immeasurably. The wooden floors and furniture set a rustic, vintage look.

If you make your way to the back of the cafe, there's a mini-garden you can have your meal at.

It's an absolutely gorgeous area completed with really cute, quirky and eccentric decorations.

Teapots as flower pots? I'm totally stealing that idea for my own home's deco ideas.

The room at the front is cosy and adorable, but the garden at the back feels... magical. It gave me a sense of wonder. Unfortunately, because it was too hot outside, I and my friend opted for the indoor seats. However, if I come back here during a cooler day I am definitely choosing a seat back here.

The House of Donkey has a breakfast and a lunch menu and serves only vegetarian items. No meat at all. There are also quite a few vegan options.

Although we went to the cafe at 1pm, they were still doing items on the breakfast menu. I decided to go with something from the lunch menu while my friend opted for a breakfast item. To begin our meal, we ordered some drinks to start.

Homemade lemonade and an iced chocolate

I ordered a glass of their homemade lemonade. It was a bit sour for me but my friend enjoyed the sour taste. However, while it was a refreshing drink in the summer heat, I feel that charging $5 for a small glass like that is a bit expensive. My friend's iced chocolate had a bit too much cocoa powder and as a result, tasted a tad bitter. I'd say the drinks were slightly below average in taste.

Mushroom burger

I ordered a mushroom burger with mayo pesto, caramelised onions and fresh salad. I loved the mayo pesto. It went surprisingly well with everything on the plate. I'm used to having pesto only with pasta so this was a surprise for my palate. The bread was also really good; crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, just the way good bread should be.

Homemade baked beans and toasted Turkish

My friend ordered their homemade baked beans topped with cheese. This dish is also served with spinach, avocado and a toasted Turkish. Once again the bread was amazing. The baked beans were also really good and so filling; so much that my friend couldn't finish them.

But though she was too full to finish her beans, nobody is too full to have a slice of dessert. There were several cakes and tarts on display near the counter and when we paid for our food and drinks, we could not resist the siren call of chocolate cake. So we gave into temptation and had a slice.

Chocolate ganache cake

The chocolate ganache cake was moist, delicious and full of chocolate-y goodness. It's also gluten free, so those of you allergic to gluten needn't worry about missing out on this delectable dessert.

Besides food and drinks, this cafe also has a flower shop right in the middle.

You can order flower arrangements and bouquets from them. They have a Facebook page here. The page states that floral installations start from $40 including local delivery and vase hire. There weren't any flowers on sale when I went but I believe they put up their flowers during the weekend.

To sum up this visit to the House of Donkey, I'd say that the food was exceptionally good. Everything on the dish complemented each other and tasted fresh and delicious. The cafe itself is a treat for the eyes as everything was catered towards their donkey theme.

Donkey Salt & Pepper Shakers

However, there are some minor unpleasant things. The drinks were below average. As the door was left open, plenty of flies and even a bee buzzed annoyingly around us while we were trying to eat. The lack of air conditioning or a fan during that hot day made it kind of stuffy as well.

Overall, I still enjoyed my lunch at the House of Donkey and I will pay another visit to it soon to try their other meals (and dessert).
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Why? Great vegetarian cafe with an adorable donkey theme
When: Wed - Fri: 08:00 - 17:00 Sat: 09:00 - 15:00 Sun: 10:00 - 15:00
Phone: 0402 924 132
Where: 188 Sturt St, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Cost: Below $12
Your Comment
What a curious name for a vego place!
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11297) 2629 days ago
This place looks amazing! Great find, Samantha, those beans look simply delicious, and the place is adorable. A well-written and nicely balanced review and I too like the idea of teapots as flower pots.
by Kathleen (score: 2|580) 2628 days ago
It looks really fresh and light in the cafe - I love all your pictures. So nice to look at when it's very cold and grey over here in the Scottish winter.
by Lindsay Law (score: 2|392) 2627 days ago
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