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Orange Spot Bakery – Glenelg

Orange Spot vegetarian pastie

Orange Spot vegetarian pastie

Orange Spot is a popular bakery. It’s good, I’m not sure if it’s as good as it thinks it is (charging me crazy prices for food!)

The veggie pastie was more expensive than the normal pastie. This goes against everything I hold dear. I love meat, but I had it in pasties. Who do they think they are? On the other hand, it was a nice pastie. It’s a pity they don’t do cheese and veg, my ultimate flavour combination.

Orange Spot custard tart

Orange Spot custard tart

Normal custard tart. I don’t buy them, myself. I find the shell is always too soft and rich, the eggy exterior is nice, but Portugese custard tarts have stolen my heart.

Orange Spot custard berliner

Orange Spot custard berliner

I love berliners. This is no exception. Yummy custard, oily yeasty sweet doughnut exterior, icing on top. No complaints, except that Pt Elliot Bakery’s berliner is bigger!

Orange Spot chocolate eclair

Orange Spot chocolate eclair

Spongey soft crispy eclair. I’m not sure how it managed all of those things at once. It did.

Check Orange Spot out. It’s a little busier than it deserves but it has some good, solid offerings in the baked goods department.

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St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert

St Louis strawberry fondue

St Louis strawberry fondue

This was a very exciting dessert. We were lucky enough to be seated inside after first sitting outside, when a little table was vacated. Then, when ordering we were told there were no bananas left for the strawberry and banana fondue – so sadly, we had to get only strawberries as well as lolly raspberries. I wasn’t sad at all! Strawberries are clearly the more superior fruit! These strawberries were lovely and tart and complemented the high quality chocolate perfectly.

St Louis house of fine icecream and chocolate fondue and hot chocolate

St Louis house of fine icecream and chocolate fondue and hot chocolate

This hot chocolate was a point of contention. While one person had a perfect hot chocolate, two of us had a distinct taste of cinnamon. It wasn’t pleasant – if I wanted cinnamon I would have bought a spiced hot chocolate! However, was one was perfect I will assume that it the one that is normally served.

St Louis was a great place to indulge in chocolate goodies! Highly recommended (especially when they run out of bananas…)

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Pat a Cake bakery

Pat a cake bakery peach and passionfruit sponge roll

Pat a cake bakery peach and passionfruit sponge roll

I’ve been a fan of Pat-a-Cake bakery for years. They have some of the best baked goods that are obtainable without making a trip to the countryside. I was a little disappointed at this visit’s sponge roll – the cream was a little overwhipped. However, it’s usually a massive, soft sponge roll, filled with cream, and a few different flavours (I bought peach and passionfruit – it’s a fantastic flavour combination!)

This sponge roll is nothing like those hideous jammy, crunchy, slimy outsided monstrosities that you buy from the supermarket. The sponge is proper sponge, with proper fillings, and it’s only $7.95. This thing is huge, by the way! Another favourite are the bar cakes – especially carrot.

If you’re looking for individual meals, their pasties are great, as are the berliners, fruit flans and other desserts. I have always been a fan of cheese and vegetable pasties. The only downside here is that they baked the cheese to the outside. I prefer that my cheese a gooey mess in the middle.

If you’re around the area, drive down Duthy Street in Malvern and check these guys out!

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Spats Coffee House

Spatz Cafe banana split

Spats Cafe banana split

It’s sad to see a place like this still drearily and uninspiringly serving dull desserts, surrounded by excellent dessert cafes such as By Blackbird and Eggless. Spats is stuck somewhere in the 90’s, assuming it’s ok to serve overpriced, uninspired splits and sundaes. They don’t let anything get in their way, using chocolate syrup by the bottle and colouring cream with food dye to make a visually sickening plate. Spats isn’t getting away with it these days, as it was pretty quiet when we visited. We went there because Eggless had a ridiculously long line. It was a mistake.

 

I wont bother going back.

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Vietnam Sunrise

Vietnam Sunrise hot pot cashews

Vietnam Sunrise hot pot cashews

When I was down in Adelaide last, I visited Sunrise Vietnam. I’d never been when I lived in Adelaide, though it was closer to my house than my favourite haunts such as Pho Thanh. The reason was, it looked too classy, and thus too expensive.

Things are different now. If I want to spend more than $15 on a single main, I’ll do what I want! Sometimes that still means I’ll avoid the place; other times, I’ll give it a try. I’m giving it a try. I still love my cheap and cheerful places more.

Here’s the chicken cashews hot pot. It was pretty tasty.

Vietnam Sunrise coconut curry

Vietnam Sunrise coconut curry

This coconut curry was creamy and flavoursome. It wasn’t mind-blowing, but it was nice.

Vietnam Sunrise salt and pepper squid

Vietnam Sunrise salt and pepper squid

Crispy, a little chewy, not as tasty as the classic Chinese dish.

Vietnam Sunrise pork ribs

Vietnam Sunrise pork ribs

This was just sweet and sour pork, with a crispy batter coating on the pork.

Vietnam Sunrise lemongrass chicken

Vietnam Sunrise lemongrass chicken

Good old lemongrass chicken. I thought the lemongrass flavour could have been stronger. For some reason, when I see a dish like this on the menu, I think it will always be that dry, “fresh” flavour of the lemongrass chicken or pork you get on a banh mi. It was saucy, but still delicious!

Look, it’s good, but drive up to Days Road or something, and treat yourself! (Or further down Henley Beach Road there’s the old school but tasty Viet Thai Restaurant, or down on Grange Road there is the fabulous Betel Leaf Cafe).

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Steven Ter Horst

They’ve moved to a trendy shopfront down the East End, and they’re serving delicious chocolates, desserts and drinks. Getting a chocolatey dessert and sweet milky drink was too much for me – their iced teas are also recommended. The food is good quality but I’m not sure if I was overly impressed with my drink.

Salted chocolate caramel tart & honeycomb vanilla milkshake

Salted chocolate caramel tart & honeycomb vanilla milkshake

The tart was rich and decadent – the drink was sweet and very liquid. It didn’t have enough honeycomb chunks and I would have liked a thicker consistency.

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Amalfi’s

Amalfi’s is well-known in Adelaide. I don’t usually go out for Italian, as it’s just as good and much cheaper made at home.

Spinaci

Spinaci

Featuring: Spinach, pancetta, cacciatore salami, black olives, chilli, fresh tomato & cheese. The base was thick but perfectly cooked, and the toppings were tasty – although I couldn’t taste the chilli. I’m a big pancetta fan but I felt that it’s flavour  didn’t come through either.

Beef ragu

Beef ragu

The ragu wasn’t offensive, but I don’t think it was overly rich, either. But I’m comparing it to mum’s cooking, so maybe I should stop – or maybe I should eat more ragu at Italian restaurants!

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

The tiramisu lacked coffee flavour and didn’t use sponge fingers. It was light, tasty and well made though.

Overall, Amalfi’s is a good restaurant with well made pizza and a range of pasta dishes that will keep everyone happy – as long as they like pizza. It’s not overly expensive but it’s not my usual cheap dining option either! Check it out if you like Italian, although there’s plenty of places to choose down East End.

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Jenny’s gourmet bakery – cronuts

Cronuts are one of those crazes, like ramen burgers. I’m a little more drawn to cronuts than ramen burgers. They are croissant dough shaped like doughnuts, iced and filled (maybe closer to a berliner?)

Jenny’s gourmet bakery has a pretty solid rep for producing amazing cronuts, so I checked it out. They are busy, with some of the flavours already or close to selling out when I arrived on a weekday at around 1:00 pm.

Salted caramel cronut

Salted caramel cronut

I’m a little in love with salted caramel, so I happy went for this guy. It was pretty intense. The cronut itself is good, but I’m a little unsold by the flavours. More salt required – the caramel overpowers the senses. I ate half of this.

Next, I went for the lemon meringue.

Lemon meringue cronut

Lemon meringue cronut

This guy was disappointing, more-so than the first. So much potential, with little realised. The lemon custard had no zing to refresh the tastebuds.

Overall, it’s a delightful execution lacking a bit of flavour. I’ll have to try From Scratch next time I’m in Adelaide!

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Star House

Yum Cha is something that I really appreciate when it’s done well. In Adelaide, I’ve tried most of the popular places (though I still need to try Zen House!!).

Ding Hao and Star House are my two favourites. This is a quick review of Star House, where I usually end up!

Steamed selection

Steamed selection

Here are sunshine buns, scallop dumplings and BBQ pork dumplings. Amazing! Their food is always bursting at the seams, with scallop dumplings being a stand out – heaps of scallop meat as well as small prawns. The sunshine buns have changed from being thick custard to more buttery and sweet now, but I love them anyway. The BBQ pork buns are sweet and tasty.

Their radish cake is deliciously simple. The king prawn roll is full of prawns and amazing dunked into sweet and sour sauce. The deep-fried golden buns are marvellous dipped into the condensed milk.

Star House squid and BBQ pork

Star House squid and BBQ pork

The salt and pepper squid is always great at yum cha, I find. As long as the chef adds plenty of seasoning, onion and chilli! The rice pastry is always tasty yet light, with delicate sauces and the best BBQ pork flavour around.

I love Star House and I highly recommend it for a cheap, cheerful morning tea with friends.

I’ve been visiting Star House for a few years now and never had a bad experience.

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Fancy Burger, Blackwood

I’ve visited Fancy Burger before, but it was the one in town. I think Fancy Burger in Blackwood wins the food wars, although maybe when it’s a chain restaurant you can peacefully coexist?

Fancy Burger #1

Fancy Burger #1

I can’t remember which photo goes with what burger. Suffice to say there were five of us and we ordered four types of burger, Lovely Lamb, The Biggy, Sunrise Surprise and The Legend. No one uttered a complaint.

The meat was tender and juicy. Toppings were well thought out and were harmonious. The buns were not the usual sweet monstrosities, but plain and just dense enough to stay together throughout the eating process.

Fancy Burger #2

Fancy Burger #2

Before we left for FB, one of the party mentioned that usually good burgers are found in pubs, with skewers stuck in them to keep the massive amount of ingredients in place. We may not have been in a pub, but at least her skewer wish was granted.

Fancy Burger #3

Fancy Burger #3

I love a good fancy burger. These were great. It was busy when we got there, on a Friday just after 12pm.

Fancy Burger chips

Fancy Burger chips

This was a large-sized chips, around $6.50 if memory serves correctly. Massive serve, really well cooked and nice and thick. If you go there, have some chips. But be warned… this was the perfect size for five hungry people. You may not need the large size.

If you’re craving a burger in the Southern ‘burbs, you can’t get better than this. I’m always open to suggestions, though. I love burgers.
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