Designed in hues of yellow and white is a bright and inviting little cafe that is cleverly hidden away just off North East Road.
YOLK may have only been open for a little less than six months, but it has not taken long in gaining a reputation as a new brunch and coffee spot that is packed with a range of exciting food and drink options. Owned by Zac Mucklow, YOLK has created a venue with a welcoming atmosphere, where anyone and everyone can come in for a sip, a bite, and a place to generally relax and unwind either solo or in the company of loved ones.
With an open-plan layout (designed by interior architect Simon Livingstone) that combines a mix of intimate booth-style seating and alfresco dining area, this light and bright contemporary space that can fit around 100 people at a time has revolutionized the cafe game in the northeastern suburbs. Lush greenery and shrubbery have subtly taken over elements of the space, which has not only spruced up the freshness factor but also beautifully balances out the more industrial fittings (including the timber beams and exposed concrete), all of which is brought to life with a blanket of natural light seeping from all corners of the cafe.
With a strong focus on supporting local South Australian produce, customers can expect to enjoy the quality coffee beans that are roasted by the best in the biz - Dawn Patrol, which serves as a brilliant and much-needed kick to pick you up on the colder mornings that have quickly settled in for the winter period. Along with cappuccinos, chai lattes, and cold drip options, non-coffee drinkers can rejoice with their freshly-squeezed fruit juices eg. orange, apple, Zinger, and Refresher), shakes (eg. milo, strawberry, and caramel), and homemade basil sodas that have also proved to be a hit with customers over the last few months.
For meals, I have two top picks for you; with the first one being the coffee meringue waffles. Sounding exactly like what you think, this meal comes with a waffle split in half, as it sits atop a fluffy blanket of torched meringue and is drizzled with butterscotch sauce, gingerbread crumb, and finished with a side of coffee gelato. This could easily replace the need for a birthday cake by delivering with its exquisite quality, flavours, and presentation. This is best shared with friends as it can be quite filling to eat solo (unless you're up for a sweet challenge)!
The other meal that I have not stopped raving about is the Bombay cauliflower. Served with generously sized florets of cauliflower that are slow-roasted to perfection, this meal comes with a topping of sultanas, whipped feta, caramelized onions, pistachios, dukkah, and pomegranates. If you've been reading my articles for a while, then you would know how much I love my sweet dessert meals for breakfast. However, this meal tested me in the best of ways and it can be safe to assume that my next few trips to Yolk will undoubtedly find this meal on the table - be it for myself or for my friends to share with me!
YOLK has built itself to incorporate a range of communal and small-group tables, from where you can enjoy the fresh air and revel in the thriving cafe experience and ambience that brings the warmth and social vibes strongly through the establishment. The food and drink speak for themselves and with the unique options on offer, we can be confident in saying that the YOLK team has the potential to deliver a dining experience that will not only deliver in quality but also attract a wide variety of customers who may want something scrumptious without breaking the bank.
Yolk Cafe is located at 43 North East Road, Walkerville and is open 7x days a week for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Bookings during the week are essential and recommended.