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Published March 23rd 2016
Payneham is a popular Eastern suburb of Adelaide that has recently seen a pleasant increase in the number of new cafes and restaurants. Among the many new favourites is this cute place called The Lab, which is located in the heart of the medical hub.
Blink and you might miss it, for The Lab is situated in the building harbouring the Australian Medical Placements organization. As the name suggests, The Lab emanates with a clean and clear, sterilized looking environment, which has a soothing feeling upon walking in.
There are a number of medical and lab-related accessories that have been craftily scattered across the cafe. This adds to the aesthetics and really brings out the theme of the cafe in the most wondrous manner possible. From stethoscopes to anatomical references, the cafe is on point with its style and decor.
Lots of science-themed apparel to match the aesthetics
For the cold drinks, we ordered the strawberry mylk smoothie and the choc-banana smoothie. For the hot drink, we ordered a flat white.
With the smoothies, they had the ultra healthy factor, where all ingredients used to make the smoothies were all-natural and contained no sugar or preservatives. I preferred the strawberry mylk over the choc-banana smoothie, only because the content of the raw cacao in the latter appeared to be a bit too overpowering for me. However, I'm sure fans of cacao will find the choc-banana smoothie just as appetizing as the strawberry mylk, as it was refreshing.
I won't even lie when I say that I literally squealed for over 30 seconds upon seeing what the smoothies and flat white were being served in. The inner geek in me rejoiced at how clever it was to use flasks and beakers as the perfect utensils to enjoy these drinks in.
The drinks at the Lab.
For food, we ordered enough plates to present as a feast for the royals! To start off with something small and light, we first tried the grilled sweet corn fritters. I loved how delicious it tasted with the pesto sauce and a pinch of lemon juice that was provided on the side. The fritters were cooked well and the sweet corn retained its sweetness through the flavouring.
Next, we had the chicken schnitzel burger with Barossa smoked bacon, cheese, house mayo, cos and avocado, which was served with a side of chips. This burger has now made my list of some of the best burgers in Adelaide! The chicken schnitzel was cooked to a crunchy and appetizing crisp, and the bacon's smoky texture added to the scrumptious flavour of the burger overall. The avocado lover in me was instantly sold on this burger and the schnitzel was divine with the avocado mixed with it.
We also had the opportunity to have the classic hot dog with Vienna sausage, mustard, and tomato sauce, which was served with a side of chips. I love that the hot dog was cut into two portions for ease of enjoying the meal without having all the ingredients fall out. While I would have liked to have had the freedom to decide on how much mustard and ketchup I wanted on the hot dog, I was quite impressed with the chef's judgment on this matter. The hot dog was beautifully cooked to a juicy and tender treat and the overall meal was delectable.
To finish off our meal fit for kings and queens, we were served with the blueberry hotcakes with pistachios, maple syrup, fresh berries and double cream. I was thoroughly pleased at how sweet and smooth the hotcakes were. The crunchiness from the pistachios mixed perfectly with the smooth cream, maple syrup. The freshness of the blueberries was a brilliant topping.
This is a fantastic little cafe that delivers well in their hospitality, their dining service and the atmosphere. For the average price range ($14-$20), you can have a fulfilling meal in the company of lovely staff and a relaxed ambience.