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Published October 22nd 2016
Prospect has good taste
In previous published articles, I have mentioned about the ever-changing landscape in Prospect, particularly with the introduction of new cafes and restaurants, complementing well with the existing flavours already abounding in the area.
From Thai, Italian, Vietnamese, Greek, Indian, Mexican to more contemporary, Prospect is fast becoming the place to visit so as to experience the varying cuisines and tantalise the taste buds.
Prospect is located around 5-6 kms north of Adelaide's CBD, around 15 minutes by car, which makes it fairly centrally accessible as well as a place which reveals many surprises, especially in the culinary department.
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Spoilt for choice, I found 8 cafes and restaurants definitely worthy of visiting and sampling the delicious food and beverages available.
1. The Coffee Barun
Popular with patrons on a weekend for breakfast, The Coffee Barun grinds its own coffee beans on the premises and promote themselves as "artisan roasters of premium hand selected coffee". In other words, it's damn good coffee!
The menu for breakfast in particular, has a great range of selections including The Big Barun Breakfast valued at $19.50, which will present you with free range eggs however you desire, bacon and chorizo with a herb-roasted Roma tomato, sauteed mushrooms, roast sweet potato and toasted ciabatta. If that doesn't set you up for the day, nothing will!
Another interesting option is the Atlantic Salmon that has been baked, served with steamed Asparagus, sweet potato wafers, cherry tomato salsa and a poached egg. That will set you back $18.50.
Prices vary from $8 - $9 right up to $20 for breakfast and lunch also offers a range of burgers, frittatas, pizzas and antipasto platters ranging from $17.50 - $19.
Although not technically in Prospect, it is part of the City of Prospect council area and you can find The Coffee Barun, on Main North Road at Sefton Park. It is open 7 days a week - Monday to Friday 7 am - 4 pm, Saturdays 8 am - 4 pm and Sundays 9 am - 2 pm.
One of the newer establishments in Prospect,Pun Thai has only been open almost 12 months and has already built itself a keen following, offering fresh Thai cuisine, sourcing local ingredients from their own organic garden located in the Adelaide Hills.
Located on busy Prospect Road, Pun Thai has a great menu selection including cuisine appealing to varying tastes, whether you be a vegetarian, meat lover, seafood enthusiast or like your taste buds reeling from a good curry.
An example of the curry dishes is their Gaeng Keow Wan Gai/Goong which is described as medium to hot and comprises chicken or prawns in green curry paste, coconut milk, zucchini and basil leaves.
The diverse menu ranges in price from $14 to $25 and is well worth the digestive journey.
They are open Tuesdays to Thursdays 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 5.30 pm - 10.30 pm and Sundays 5.30 pm - 9.30 pm.
You never know what will spring up next in Prospect and it's latest offering is Sunny's Shop, which can be described as offering authentic Asian street food right in the heart of the area.
The frontage looks like something straight out of Indonesia or many other Asian destinations with its plantation shutters and tropical plants. However, it is the food for the inner soul that is even more appealing.
Starting out as a lunch venue, offering wonderfully fresh Banh Mi rolls, Laksas, Cold Rolls, Spring Rolls and Salads, Sunny's have extended to bringing in an evening menu including stir-fried crispy pork belly complete with green beans, lime and sweet chilli, which will cost you $17.
In fact, most items on their evening mains menu are for that same price. Takeaway is also an option, especially for those nights you don't have time or the energy to rustle something up at home.
I found entering the premises, that it had a really good vibe and the staff were ultra friendly and quick with their preparation of meals.
Sunny's is open 7 days a week, between 11 am and 2.30 pm as well as from 5 pm until 8.30 pm for dinner.
Well renowned in the Prospect area, Cafe Komodo commenced many years ago as a child-friendly cafe, mostly visited by mums with young kids. These days it has evolved to attract a wider range of clientele.
Accessible down a laneway between two buildings, once you enter, you have a feeling of funkiness (if there is such a word) with relaxing surroundings. There is even a beer garden for patrons to really make the most of the fine weather yet to grace us.
If you love pancakes, Cafe Komodo make their own wholemeal date ones served with maple syrup, ice cream and topped with fresh fruit. The serving is generous being a 2 stack and will set you back $15.
Komodo also have a kid friendly menu and offer some great options for lunch and dinner, including chicken and steak, burgers, pastas, salads and even a BBQ plate.
For breakfast, prices on the menu vary between $12 and $18, for lunch between $15 and $22, and dinner (for mains) somewhere in the range of $20 to $28.
One of their added features is their regular live gigs on Friday nights.
Cafe Komodo is again located on Prospect Road at Prospect and is open 9 am til 4 pm 7 days a week with dinner on Friday nights only from 6 pm until late.
Probably the most popular cafe in Prospect, whenever you pass by, Muratti's is usually always busy, both inside and outside, with their outdoor area on the pavement overlooking Prospect Road.
Established since 1990, Muratti's offers top quality cakes and pastries as well as items on their lunch menu, not to mention great coffee and tea.
All of the cakes and pastries are designed and hand crafted on the premises and looking into their display cases gets the mouth watering - a bit like a kid in a lolly shop! - particular if you are into sweet indulgences.
Muratti's also do some great frittatas, baguettes and sandwiches if you can tear yourself away from the great cakes and pastries.
They even have an online shop and for that special occasion, you can't go past one of their iconic cakes or gateauxs, with one of their specialities being flavoured mousses, for example, a Caramel Creme Brulee with chocolate mousse, ricotta and pear puree on a flourless chocolate sponge base. Their serving sizes can be anything from 20 serves right up to 120 serves and the prices for this particular mousse, dependant on the serving size, will set you back from $88 to $350.
Muratti's are open from Monday to Friday 7.30 am till 6 pm and Saturdays from 7.30 am till 4 pm. They are not open Sundays or Public Holidays.
Meze Mazi offers some great Greek cuisine on Prospect Road and the name translates to mean "Taste Together", based on the traditional Greek ethos of meals being a ritual to share with family and friends.
Meze Mazi is open for both lunch and dinner and again is only a fairly new member of the Prospect community, only having been launched late last year/early this year. Mousaka and Souvlakia are specialities for the Greek restaurant for lunch and prices will vary between $26 to $30.
The dinner menu similarly offers Mousaka and Souvlakia but also some great charcoal options including Bifteki, which is a combination of ground beef and pork infused with herbs, flame-grilled and served with chips, tzatziki and pita.
The dinner prices for mains will vary between $26 and $33 and the opening hours are from 6 pm to 9 pm Tuesdays to Thursdays, and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11.30 am till 2.30 pm and from 6 pm until 9 pm.
Yet another relatively new cafe on Prospect Road is Al Mina, which can be described as a Mediterranean patisserie. Just when you think you might have savoured a great range of sweet treats at Muratti's, there might be room for one more little luxurious bite, perhaps to take home for later!
Al Mina serves a great Baklava as well as amazing waffles, however also serves up a good selection of mains, including Manaeesh, which is a popular Lebanese street food consisting of thin dough with varying toppings. Most of the menu can be described as quick and easy food including wraps, pizzas and salads, as well as their mouthwatering desserts.
Menu prices average from $10 - $15.
Al Mina is open Mondays to Thursdays from 10 am till 10 pm and Fridays to Sundays 10 am until 11 pm.
Shankers has been around since 1981 and is well regarded as serving up high-quality South Indian cuisine as well as Singaporean flavours. Shankers offers some great meat or seafood Thali platters, which can include madras lamb, chilli squid with saffron rice, or seafood curry.
The Singapore influences and flavours include the traditional Singapore noodles, stir-fried prawns and lemon chicken.
Shankers is open Tuesdays to Fridays for lunch from 11.30 am until 2.30 pm and is also open for dinner every day except Mondays, from 5.30 pm until 9.30 pm.
Menu pricing for mains for dinner varies between $20 and $25.
The restaurant is accommodated in the old Prospect Police Station/Courthouse building on Prospect Road, combining heritage with modern fit out.
These are but a handful of some of the great flavours on offer in the Prospect area, so if you haven't ventured down that way lately, put it on your bucket list!
Recently in a collaboration between the City of Prospect council and Rosa Matto, the award-winning chef from SA Life, Prospect Council have launched a Prospect Food and Art Trail which takes locals and visitors on a journey to some of the area's top eating and food establishments as well as a viewing of the arts.
A copy of the trail can be downloaded from the City of Prospect website or direct from the City of Prospect civic centre.
A good list here on top of Minestra down in Churchill Road, which has already been noted twice in these 'pages'. As the number of apartments grows out of the re-zonings of recent years, there will be business for all these eateries.