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Published November 1st 2015
Seven of the Best
Pulteney Street, named after Admiral Sir Pulteney Malcolm in 1837 is the only one of the city centre's major north-south thoroughfares that does not continue north from North Terrace. This oddity occurred following a donation by Sir John Bonython to the University of Adelaide to build its Great Hall, a hall that would ensure that the then small University campus would not be divided by a road.
In recent times, Pulteney Street and Hindmarsh Square has seen a renaissance with wide footpaths, pleasant greenery, nearby hotels and an emerging series of cafes some with and some without the morning sun. I recently took a tour in search of the top 7 breakfast cafes.
Located on the edge of Hindmarsh Square, the Deli on Pulteney has one of the most pleasant outlooks from a café in Adelaide with the beautiful plane trees and lawns of Hindmarsh Square providing greenery along an otherwise busy road. The menu at the Deli belies its casual looking features with the traditional breakfast items intertwined with some soft, desirable and more-ish breads. The BLT on a foccacia was a great example, and was washed down with a solid dosage of Rio Coffee. A large outdoor eating area sitting on the edge of the square dwarfs the indoor seating, and provides for a great conversation starter as people wander by on their way to their ultimate destination.
The largest of the cafes on Pulteney is Caffe Amore with a large indoor eating area supplemented by a few outdoor tables. The Caffé Amore menu features a contemporary variation to some of the traditional favourites combined with pleasant and informative table service. Many of the breakfast dishes sounded appealing, but the toasted waffles with pistachio nuts, mascarpone, maple syrup and cream was the one that attracted my attention. And it didn't disappoint with a large serve ensuring that I would get past morning tea very easily.
Bursting out of an old bricked warehouse, Bean and Gone is a new addition to the café scene. A large indoor eating area is matched by a few outside tables and a compact, yet cheap, all day breakfast menu. My choice was the pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, an interesting blend of textures and sweetness that came out near perfect and matched the finely roasted coffee. With soft background music, some couches and cushions to mix up the dining area and an influx of firefighters from the nearby station, Bean and Gone is well worth a visit.
Rising out of an old car display warehouse, Mondays Club is the newest addition to Pulteney Street, and probably the one that offers best value for value for money. The small inside seating area can fit around 15 people for meals, and another 15 or so on couches and sofas. The big breakfast was huge, and met all my hunger needs while the coffee (with the small Reese's chocolate) helped with the start of the day.
Located at the southern end of Pulteney on the portion of the road that was known as Hanson Street until 1967 is Scootz Cafe, a popular deli / cafe serving high quality coffees, and with a breakfast menu to boot. The menu is a typical Australian menu with bacon and eggs featuring prominently, but with an Italian infusion achieved by the clever use of wood oven and sour doughs. The décor is distinctively red throughout, and there are plenty of seats both inside and outside of Scootz.
The quiet northeastern corner of Hindmarsh Square plays host to Avila Coffee, a quaint French-inspired café serving Campos speciality coffees. The breakfast menu is available all day with around 12 outside seats and 30 inside seats amongst the gold trimmed framed mirrors, boards, chandeliers and Parisian chesterfield. The food is equally as appealing, and relatively cheap as compared to some other locations. The menu features french pastries, fruits and yoghurts, and some variations to some of the traditional bacon and egg dishes. The European yoghurt across the fruit salad offered something different to the norm.
Meanwhile on the opposite corner of Hindmarsh Square, Sylvia's Café sees a regular group of followers attracted to the great Lavazza coffees prepared by award-winning barista, Nicolas Pavlou, and his Cypriot colleagues. Cheap breakfast dishes are also par for the course at this café, and not many people can go past the bacon and egg sandwich with the small coffee for $8. Extensive seating areas inside and out also provide plenty of room for casual conversations while overlooking the statues in the northwestern corner of Hindmarsh Square.