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Published February 9th 2016
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Pirie Street in Adelaide is fast becoming known as the home for office workers during the day, and clubs and restaurants at night. Formerly a quiet street which housed various buildings associated with the Methodist Church, Pirie Street has come a long way since it was proclaimed in 1837. Breakfasts have also come a long way, and my recent tours of Pirie Street have uncovered some of the best on the street.
This retro café is a great feature of Pirie Street, and pleasingly caters for the breakfast trade from 730am onwards. A tight menu featuring eggs and vegetables with organic fair trade coffee is the ideal starter to the day.
My omelette with spinach and mushroom arrived and addressed my post-exercise breakfast hunger. The background non-radio music also helped with conversations, many of which were started by looking at the eclectic range of books and other items on display inside the café. The café is large enough to cater for around 30 people while a smaller number of tables sit outside on the side lane.
With bean dispensers on display behind the Barista, it is hard to imagine anything but great coffee at Kicco. Kicco's special blending technique takes beans of different character and fuses them to create a unique flavour which cater for milk infused drinks or those looking for that iconic espresso.
In recent times, Kicco has added an extensive cooked breakfast menu featuring a contemporary feel to many traditional favourites. The Eggs Florentine Indulgence was a green delight with spinach and avocado adding the color to the double egg, muffin and hollandaise dish.
The prepared breakfast menu is small, albeit the danishes and other pastries looked particularly appealing. My choice was the Granoel Gallagher, a granola mixed with rhubarb berry compote and yoghurt. Combined with a great coffee and engaging customer service, it made for a nice start to the day.
The huge coffee grinder sits proudly in the corner of Viva Espresso, a proud long term resident of Pirie Street that is renown for its bean blends. A different blend is offered each day, with various origins and infusions included as part of the mix.
The breakfast menu is small and focuses around light foods to supplement the coffee experience. My choice of a standard Vietnamese roll with ham, cheese and tomato arrived promptly, and hot enough to see the cheese running nicely.
Located on the lower level of Telstra House, Grassroots is a pleasant small chain café with a large indoor dining area supplemented by an outside area alongside Pirie Street. Street noise is dissipated when inside the building, with little other noise to replace it other than the grinding of the coffee machine and an occasional lift bell.
The breakfast menu consists of pastries, pre-made lepinjas and wraps, and a ready-to-order mix of bircher, fruit and yoghurt. I can recommend the egg and bacon lepinja if you are looking for a largish breakfast dish.
Pirie Street runs east-west, and is book-ended by King William Street and East Terrace, with Pulteney Street running through the centre. There is no public transport on Pirie Street but it does form part of the inner city bike network with a bike lane running its entire length. Another unusual feature on Pirie Street is the pedestrian crossing near the Town Hall building, the only dedicated crossing in the City. Just what is needed after a big breakfast.