I thought it was time to update the food section of this blog, so have added this post to the Pages section so it can be found easily.
When we travel anywhere, a favourite part of the trip is a great food experience. Not based on a high priced restaurant meal in an expensive location, but delicious food in an interesting location. So for any visitors or locals to Adelaide, here are some of my favourite places based on the quality of the food for the price and the uniqueness of the experience in Adelaide.
Just the other side of the hills you can see from the Adelaide CBD, to the east of Mount Lofty, is the picturesque township of Piccadilly. The valley is a patchwork of market gardens, vineyards, and native bushland. It is pretty all year round, especially autumn with the abundance of autumn leaves including the nearby Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens. Piccadilly Kitchen is part of the one set of shops on the main road.
The décor is comfortable-collectable-rustic, and the food is all freshly house made. The lunch menu is short and to the point and the chicken pot pie is worth the trip alone. This time we came for hot chocolate and apple cake with fresh cream.
Piccadilly Kitchen is only open Fridays for lunch. Every fortnight on a Sunday the Piccadilly Garden and Produce Bazaar is open in the community hall across the road. Piccadilly Kitchen is open for coffee and cake but not lunch during market hours. Piccadilly Kitchen
Elbio is a Latin American patisserie, and a supplier to many cafes in Adelaide. There is nothing better than going straight to the freshest source, and to watch the creation of the cakes and pastries behind the glass window.
We went straight for the Caramel Horn (made with condensed milk!) and the Black Forest Cake.
There is also a variety of breakfast, lunch and snack food on the menu, with a Latin American flavour, including churros.
Elbio is also opening at the Parade, Norwood any day now, with an extended menu. We are looking forward to seeing how they have renovated the interior of the old Baptist Church and experiencing their new menu items. Elbio
Elbio at Norwood opened in time for Father’s Day so we came here with the in-laws for coffee and cake. They are both Baptists and remember the old church well. They are also interested in heritage buildings and sensitive to renovations, so were the perfect critics of the new fit-out.
The 1882 pipe organ was of high importance, so they were very glad to see it still well protected but also on display. The kitchen and display cabinets are separate within the building so allow space to walk around and view all aspects of the old church. They thought it looked beautiful and very well renovated. The coffee and selection of cakes were delicious as usual, and we noted with interest the high teas on offer. There is also an extensive lunch menu.
Also at the Campbelltown end of town (so add Mercato to your list when visiting Elbio) is the great hall of Italian produce with everything from pasta to cheeses and an extensive sweets and deli section. Mercato houses a teaching kitchen, and Bar Mercato is open to the public for lunch and coffee daily.
Roasted eggplant and potato, and Margherita pizza with iced chocolate and a latte.
Fresh fruit tart.