it’s been a while since I have spent some time in Adelaide’s East End. but now that I have headed back there I don’t ever want to leave.

today I got acquainted with SAD:Cafe. SAD you say. I don’t think so. nestled on ebenezer place next to the treadly bike shop and midwest traders, this is the ultimate hipster hangout. eclectic chairs fill the cafe with walls lined with mismatched photo frames. a parquetry bench runs along the window, topped with succulents and little plant holders with plastic squirrels.


my boyfriend and I took a seat by the window where we tried to focus on the menu but were continuously distracted by the fixies out the front and the city guides that were in the bookshelf nearby.


the autumn/winter menu boats a list of seasonal, heart warming and hearty food. think bagels topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon, granola, blackened beef door stops and sweet potato burgers to name a few. to match the great range of food is a equally impressive drink menu. think teas, cold drinks, ice tea and most importantly- Dawn Patrol Coffee.

After much debated we settled on lunch. I ordered the mashed peas & grilled mushrooms with haloumi- with dukkah seasoning served on toasted pumpkin bread. the other half decided on oven baked beans in a roll with chorizo- served in a seeded roll with grated parmesan cheese, avo and a fried egg.


ok. lets just start with the fact that I am not a massive mushroom fan. but lord, these mushrooms were delicious. the peas were packed full of flavour with a citrus zing, the pumpkin bread was crunchy from the pepitas and the haloumi. well. it was cooked perfectly- not to rubbery and complimented the dish perfectly? the dukkah was a nice added touch and added that crunchy texture to the plate.


I also had lunch envy of my boyfriends beans and egg roll. After one bite I was hooked. The beans were flavoursome and the parmesan melted in with the beans that gave it that cheesy flavour. The egg was cooked to perfection, with a slightly runny yolk mixing in with the beans. So much flavour in one roll. I managed to snaffled one peice of chorizo- it was hard to stop at one. It was a little bit spicy but didn’t take the breath away.


what can I say, this place is the coolest (do people even say cool anymore?). either way, the staff here are really friendly, the place is cozy and filled with awesome decor and they even have wifi so freelancers unite!

you can find SAD:Cafe at shop 4, 4-10 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide.

Written by Jess

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