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Published May 28th 2012
Update July 21st 2013
This Cafe has now closed
Exiled in a remote corner of the Big W car park at Cumberland Park is the Welsh Cafe, a unique culinary experience in South Australia.
I have driven past this thriving little eatery many times, but today suddenly got the urge to try a Welsh Rarebit. The friendly staff were happy to tell me about the modest range of Welsh things on the menu, but I was sold on the rarebit from the moment I walked in.
Shortly after I settled at one of the clean tables (compactly spaced as you find in a proper pommy establishment), the rarebit arrived looking pretty much as I expected. It is essentially melted cheese mixed with mustard and HP sauce, served on toast. And I thought it delicious, being a long time cheese lover.
I was a bit taken aback by some of the reviews I had read online about this place. Although none of them complained about the food or quality of service, the consensus seemed to be that a Welsh Cafe should serve mostly Welsh food.
Now this cafe serves a good range of British and Aussie food, with a few others thrown in for a mix. And I feel that five Welsh items on the menu is a great start. There are plenty of businesses going broke because the market can be fussy, and it was reassuring to see this place doing so well.
Clearly some of the people I saw were not here for the Welsh food, but most seemed to try something from the house specialty list. With luck that might even lead to a broadening of the Welsh menu , and even more satisfied patrons. If so, they might need more tables outside, because inside can get very busy.
Freshly made sandwiches
All up I was very happy, and I will be back again to try the Glamorgan sausages. And just maybe the Faggots.
I'm Welsh, emigrated when I was 24, and was ridiculously excited to see the Welsh cafe. However, I was totally disappointed. Welsh rarebit is made by melting cheese with a variety of other options including beer/mustard/cayenne/worcestershire sauce. Melted cheese and HP on white bread with burnt edges just didnt do it for me. Tried the faggots too - really poor version of a quality Welsh dish....wont be going back.
Being from a Welsh family, we love this place! We took my Granny there for her birthday in March as a surprise and she was thrilled.. We had the rarebit and she had faggots... I wish I had them instead. They are yummy!! We took home some cockles, imported from her home town, that she hasn't had for over 10 years since she last went home and she was thrilled. Great friendly atmosphere. We'll be back!