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Published November 13th 2016
The food is bright at Brighton
As the season moves towards warmer days over the next few months, minds and hearts turn towards visits to coastal areas, particularly the metropolitan foreshore of Adelaide.
A gentle seabreeze and a whiff of the salty air certainly conjures up an appetite, and at Brighton, which is approximately 16 kms south-west of the city of Adelaide (about 25 minutes by car), there are no shortages of options for satisfying the hunger pangs.
Jetty Road, leading from Brighton Road all the way to the Esplanade has the main belt of cafes, restaurants as well as the pub, all within a short distance from each other.
As I wandered down Jetty Road, I came across 7 options for dining which offer a good diverse range of food to choose from.
If you are looking for a location which gives you the opportunity for sea views whilst enjoying your meal or coffee, then you can't really go past the Brighton Jetty Cafe, located directly opposite the Brighton jetty on the esplanade.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, whatever the time of day, you will never tire of the ever changing moods of the sea and environs. For breakfast, the menu offers a great selection of a hearty breakfast such as Eggs and Bacon, Eggs Florentine, Eggs Benedict, or perhaps a lighter breakfast of raisin toast, an omelette or croissant.
Prices range from $5 up to $19 dependent upon your choice or how hungry you feel.
For lunch or dinner, the options expand, again whether you fancy a light lunch of Fish and Chips, Grilled Lamb Burger or perhaps some Linguini. If it is to be something more substantial, there is an amazing seafood blend incorporating blue swimmer crab, prawns, mussels, fish and squid enhanced with a light tomato and saffron broth, which can be purchased for $37.50.
The menu also provides Duck Leg Confit, Black Angus Eye Fillet and Baked Chicken Breast. The mains range in price from $26 to $38. Desserts to round off nicely the meal range from $15 to $22 and include a dish known as Portuguese Pudim, which is a traditional Portuguese pudding with a hint of port and served with a caramel and macadamia icecream, very similar to the French creme caramel.
The cafe is open every day, starting with breakfast from 9 am, lunch from 12 Noon and dinner from 5.30 pm.
For that more casual snack or lighter lunch, the Brighton Jetty Bakery is next door, providing a great selection of bakery items which are all baked on the premises.
The bakery has been a family owned and run business for the past 17 years and has built up a good reputation within the community and for visitors alike.
For those with dietary concerns, the bakery offers a great range of vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options in addition to their main range. Overall they have a great range of food which is made wherever possible using South Australian ingredients.
The coffee is good too, with trained baristas on board.
If you are looking to cater for a social gathering, whether it be a special occasion or simply a party, then the bakery also offers catering options, boasting that they can prepare all that is required within an hour!
Apart from the usual pastries and cakes, there is also a good range of rolls and sandwiches as well as quiches and croissants. To signify South Australian based produce being incorporated into the bakery's fares, the business promotes a blue label range, in conjunction with Alexandrina Cheese Company, Goodieson Brewery, Dal Mare Coffee and Two-Bit Villains Soda Bar.
Waste is never an issue either, as any products not sold by the end of the day are donated to either Hutt Street Centre or Fred's Van. General opening hours are from 7.30 am until 5 pm 7 days a week.
If you feel like a little Mediterranean cuisine, then Caffe Prego is the place to try out. The cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has some classic traditional Italian fare, such as Calzone Vegetarian, which consists of roasted pumpkin, roasted eggplant, roasted capsicum together with mushrooms, spanish onions, and olives in a pizza pastry topped with Napolitana sauce. Whether it be seafood, pizza, pasta or something more substantial such as T Bone steaks, the mains menu prices vary from $18 to $25.
A great range of wines are on offer, however if you decide to BYO, keep in mind that there is a $12 Corkage fee per 750 ml bottle. Hours are usually from 8.30 am until 10 pm 7 days a week.
As the name suggests, the now iconic ice cream brand originates from an idea sparked by a danish waffle cone filled with fresh ice cream. The company, however is an Australian company, with the first circular gas-fired cone cooker imported from Denmark back in 1982. For South Australia, the first dessert bar concept was started in 2009 at Henley Beach, however the first icecreamery opened at Glenelg in 1993.
I was pleasantly surprised to find the premises were also a dessert bar, not simply a place to buy an ice cream, since I have always had a "sweet tooth".
The good news for environmentalists is that all ice cream made is palm oil free, meaning a reduction in destruction of natural rainforests, particularly in Malaysia and Indonesia. The ice cream is made within South Australia, which helps support the local economy.
Who would have thought of ice cream for breakfast? Royal Copenhagen Icecream offers some interesting breakfast options including a Granola cup, which consists of creamy yoghurt topped with granola, passionfruit, freshly sliced banana and strawberries, all topped with honey.
There are also brekkie smoothies made with frozen yoghurt. They also do a great crepe for breakfast, one of them being a smoked salmon and smashed avocado mix for $15.90.
With a rainbow myriad of flavours for ice cream, the mind boggles, however there is something to appeal to anyone and everyone. Fancy an Affogato - then there are some great flavours to try including Mocha Affogato, which is a blend of Dutch Chocolate Chip Icecream in a tumbler glass rimmed with pure melted milk couverture and served with a shot of expresso.
Whether it be a dessert or savoury crepe, smoothie, or even a fondue, Royal Copenhagen offer it.
On a warm day, you will often see queues running down Jetty Road to experience the pure heaven that comes in the form of menu options, particularly the ice cream.
Whatever time of the day you might have a craving for ice cream or other desserts, the hours for Royal Copenhagen are diverse, opening at 9 am on Mondays to Thursdays until 10 pm, 9 am on Fridays and Saturdays until 11 pm, 8 am on Sundays until 10 pm and on Public Holidays between 8 am and 11 pm.
A Cafe etc has been one of Jetty Road's earliest cafes and creates a strong retro theme with the famous movie star, Marilyn Monroe.
Apart from the breakfast menu, which offers a full breakfast for the great value of $15.90, A Cafe etc offers gluten free menu options including a roast vegetable Frittata, as well as homemade Tuna Mornay and Zucchini and Bacon slice.
The menu also offers Bruschettas, Foccacias, Bagels, Baguettes, Lasagnes, Salads and Pizzas. Prices for food range from $8 to $16 and the cafe opens at 9 am most days.
The eating of burgers can be seen as an unhealthy option, however Enuf Burger Bar promotes healthy burgers, being hand-made and fresh daily, using quality ingredients.
It all starts with the choice of bun, whether it be sesame white, wholemeal, white damper or gluten-free. The next major decision is whether you want the main ingredient to be lamb, beef, chicken, fish or vego. Within each of those categories, there are numerous flavours to enhance the overall burger experience, incorporating cajun, tandoori, marinated meats, as well as chargrilled sensations.
They even do breakfast burgers, for those of you who need a bit of kick start after the night before! Pricing for burgers range from $9 through to $13, with some also healthy salad options for around $18.
The bar is open for the three main meals every day.
Referred to as the "Espy" overlooking the seafront, the Esplanade Hotel not only offers great meals, whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner, but also options of accommodation, should you feel the need for a temporary sea-change. The accommodation features 17 rooms, some deluxe suites to twin rooms.
If you are also into live music, the Espy caters for patrons with gigs on both Friday nights from 7 pm and Sunday afternoons from 2 pm in their Sports Bar. Also featuring free wi-fi, an interactive game show on Thursday nights at 7.30 pm and daily meal and drink specials, what's not to like about the place.
I must admit I'm a bit of a "pub meal tragic", being a big fan of the pub style meal and always like the style of food on offer at these types of places.
On Monday nights the "Espy" promotes "Feed the family for $49.90" and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, kids eat for free - wow! These and others over the course of the week are available in the Bistro. On Sundays, the Carvery meal is on offer for $15.90 for both lunch and dinner.
If you are a fan of the "Parmi" and like beer, the Espy also have a special on two parmies, together with a jug of Beer for $30 currently.
Particularly on Friday nights and weekends or Public Holidays, the place is buzzing and would recommend you book ahead, otherwise you will be extremely lucky if you score a table at the popular venue.
The pub is open from Mondays to Saturdays 7 am to 1 am and on Sundays from 8 am until midnight.
Once you have waded through all of the food options along Jetty Road, you'll be looking forward to stretching your legs and stomach by a pleasant walk along the foreshore or jetty, taking in that nice fresh sea air.
Brighton Beach is possibly our best beach.Coupled with an eating strip leading to an attractive jetty and clean white sand and bricked footpaths and seating.The beer drinkers can enjoy a sip right on the waterfront and the public can fish from the jetty,which is fairly productive.Parking in the side streets is not a problem.The railway station is a short walk away and so is the library.
I think it was unfair of you to miss the other eateries out.... Beach Pit Cafe, The Edge Deli; CREAM coffee, In Thais Noodles, MP3 Cafe. As a regular to all of these, as well as those on your list, they are all deserving of a mention.
I just wish they had done something years ago like Mooloolaba, in the Sunshine Coast and had luxury apartments above to live in or rent out and shops and eateries underneath. It would have brought so many people to the area and made a bomb. I do agree there are a lot more than mentioned here but still a great list.
I'm really sorry but as a local I disagree. Jetty Rd Brighton should be pumping! It's a-typical of usual strips that just get away with it because of their location! The food & cafes are boring, the pub is what Aussies usually expect, coffee shouldn't take 20 minutes to make nor cost nearly $5! But the public keep paying, Aussies don't complain, & retailers just keep pushing out "ordinary stuff"... this road has so much potential, get some young guns in there get some pop up food trucks, a proper gelettaria, a juice boost bar, some cool music vibes, a bakery that serves up a focaccia made daily with fresh ingredients & some imagination who wants ham, cheese & tomato & who wants to pay $15 for that....oh dear Australia, Adelaide, Brighton go do your foodie research make a few things but do them well we don't need more of the same!