Now, while it is not a primary requirement to go to a place because they present their food and drink in an Instagrammable manner, it certainly helps with creating the hype around visiting said place.
One such place that has been gaining quite a bit of traction on social media for their rainbow-coloured menu items and pastel perfect aesthetic is fairly new cafe UniQorn Eats, which is situated on Grenfell Street (closer to the East End).
Owned by Nakita Cattonar and Nick Millgan, two-storey cafe UniQorn Eats was born out of a necessary consequence of COVID-19 and has transformed this space that was formerly part of the old produce markets into one that incites a sense of calm and fun simultaneously. The downstairs area presents with a more minimalist and aesthetically-pleasing collision of whites and colours of the rainbow that also engages its customers with a sense of socialisation. Meanwhile, the upstairs area is a lot more intimate and particularly lights up in colours when the sun shines through their stained glass windows, thereby capturing the essence and ethos of UniQorn Eats - to spread joy through the magic of colours.
Having opened their doors in mid-August, UniQorn Eats has established itself to be one of the prime hotspots for friends, couples, and working professionals to congregate and enjoy a range of freshly made, vegan-friendly brunch meals and dessert options to enjoy solo or as share plates.
Specialising in making everything in-house, a particular personal favourite and go-to has got to be their organic cold-pressed juices, which is made with a kilogram of Australian fruit going into each of their juice bottles of organic cold-pressed juices. Additionally, they also offer a range of hot and cold drinks that replicate the colours and essence of their namesake. For example, the Mermaid latte (iced version photographed below) is made with a blend of blue spirulina, butterfly pea powder, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, ginseng, liquorice root, cayenne pepper (and your choice of dairy or vegan milk) and is bound to offer you with a subtle spiciness to your regular mid-morning pick-me-up.
In terms of meals, my (very obvious) top pick is the rainbow pancake stack, which combines the sweet and fluffy flavours of buttermilk pancakes that are topped with mascarpone rainbow ice cream. Capturing the essence and brightness of a rainbow, this dish is not only colourful and eye-catching for all the right reasons, but it also serves as a fantastic share plate with friends who may not have as strong as a sweet tooth than others. It also makes for a fantastic option of a birthday cake equivalent, for those who prefer something a little bit out of the box!
If you're after rainbow-friendly meals, they offer toasties, smoothie bowls, and even hummus toast that shine brightly with a tantalizing combination of colours. All items on the menu are created with the concept of promoting plant-based eating and can easily be catered to those of different dietary requirements (including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-friendly).
They also offer loaded croissants and this was a particular delight that was enjoyed on Wear It Purple Day, which had a blueberry filling and topped with enough lollies and wafers to keep you buzzing all night long!
UniQorn Eats may have gained a reputation for creating wild and wonderful dishes, but did you know that they also hope for their customers to recognize their commitment of being kind to the environment? While the dishes may be bursting with colours, they will be working their magic in biodegradable utensils - a big step in the right direction and something that all cafes should (eventually) follow suit!
With Spring kicking off in beautiful style, UniQorn Eats has also recently released an "all you can eat waffles" extravaganza, where you can (as the name says) indulge in as many waffles as you can for two hours for $26 (bookings are essential). If waffles aren't your thing, they have also rolled out a brand new menu that is packed with goodies such as Milo pancakes and lemon meringue French toast that will easily serve a treat for adults and kids alike. They have also introduced savoury options such as the spring omelette, eggs on toast, and the brekky stack with your choice of toppings (prosciutto, salmon, or avocado and feta).
UniQorn Eats is located at 226 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000 and is open from Wednesdays - Sundays. Follow them on Instagram for all the latest updates.