I am an Australian freelance writer living in Adelaide.
Published October 31st 2011
The Post Office café is a great place to stop by for breakfast or lunch in the bush. Located 45 minutes from the CBD, this is the place where you could easily get used to dining to the song of birds than beeping car horns.
The Post Office café is aptly named, given the post office shop to the left of the stairs when you enter the building which dates back to 1918. We stopped by for lunch on Sunday afternoon. The place was full yet we managed to snag one of the best seats in the house - in the courtyard outside at the back of the café. There are water fountains and live entertainment (which was actually too loud, given our proximity to the performer. Luckily he only had a guitar and no drum set.
The food here is typical café fare. If you eat out a lot, this could get boring, but if you're happy with a gourmet-filled sandwich, sourdough or focaccia, you'll be right. Smoked Salmon, cream cheese and capers with salad mix or turkey breast, cranberry sauce, brie and salad mix on sourdough sounded delicious. The menu was a little confusing as I was disappointed to read only one plain, garden salad variety on offer under the 'Salads' heading, only to find a Caesar, a chicken Caesar or a chicken and avocado one under the 'Light Meals' section.
Chicken caesar salad
I caught myself being tempted by the breakfast menu, available until 2.30pm. Banana bread, toasted and served with maple syrup or honey or porridge with stewed apples and rhubarb. The hot breakfast menu was quite extensive, making me re-think my ingrained association of a sandwich for lunch. It was good to see toast or a muffin being served with each egg dish - I hate it when you need to order toast separately.
I finally made up my mind and went with the usual - a vegetarian foccacia. There are good and bad things about knowing what something is going to taste like before it arrives but I felt like a taste of familiarity and comfort and that was exactly what arrived. I enjoyed the mixed roasted vegetables, olives, baby spinach and pesto, yet I would have liked a piece of melted cheese inside. I turned this into a positive and thought it was a good excuse to save the calories to splurge on one of their award-winning slices, muffins or petite cakes to take home.
On the whole, the food at the Post Office café is fresh and tasty yet what I come for is the atmosphere. The sun on my back, the sound of birds filling my ears, I could almost forget I'm in a café.