I love the beauty all around us and want to share my experiences. I am a civil celebrant, teacher and writer living in Adelaide, which is such a beautiful place.
Published June 11th 2012
Saldechin -" Salon de Chinoiserie"- A room in the Chinese style, right here in the heart of Adelaide.
Adelaide is a treasure trove of hidden surprises and one such gem, situated at 21 King Willian Street in the CBD, is Saldechin, a tea house and martini bar with an excellent reputation amongst those in the know. It epitomises the style and elegance for which Adelaide is renowned.
Saldechin teahouse, restaurant and function centre is housed in a magnificent, heritage-listed grand building a short walk from North Terrace, along King Willian Street. It was once the original banking chamber of the AMP (1922) as well as later the premises of the Commercial Bank of Australia and then Wespac.
It retains its elegance and style, with decor that takes you to a bygone, opulent era. In the 1920s, it was very fashionable in New York, Shanghai and Paris to decorate venues in a French/Chinese style. Saldechin reflects the elegance of these days with its Chinese artefacts, comfortable settings and plush, red leather sofas.
I spent a relaxing hour, sipping freshly brewed peppermint tea, served in a teapot and porcelain cup, reading and watching the world go by. It was a quiet oasis in the middle of a busy, bustling city.
Because Saldechin is a huge venue, with vaulted ceilings and a mezzanine floor, it is available for intimate, small functions as well as weddings, private functions and corporate events. From my observation, several guests were regulars as they greeted the manager and other patrons in a friendly manner. The service was fast, efficient and pleasant.
Saldechin caters for a wide variety of tastes. Open 7 days a week, they serve breakfast from 7:20am to 10:30am, meals from 9pm to 3pm and dinner till 9pm. Dumplings seem to be a popular menu item.
It also boasts a Martini Bar and the "Taste of Adelaide Hills' cellar door with wines from boutique wineries of the Adelaide Hills. Wine tastings and events such as Friday night Jazz and tapas evenings are hosted here.
So, the next time you are in Adelaide and you feel like a cuppa, or wish to catch up with friends for a light snack or a meal, head off to Saldechin for an experience that is a bit different to the usual noisy, take-away cafe variety. See you there!