ver-where you say? it’s a small town in the Adelaide Hills, not far away from Hahndorf. It’s home to a lot of lovely things including one of my favourite cider labels and this eclectic gem, Walk the Talk Kitchen and Catering.
I had driven past this place time and time again until I decided to stop one day on the way up to my mums house for a day of heavy lifting. Dressed in gumboots with dry-shampooed hair I grabbed 2 lattes and a bacon and egg roll. I gawked at their succulents and latte art and ever since that not-so-attractive moment I have always wanted to go back. And today was the day (cue excitement music)
Walk the Talk Kitchen and Catering is a small cafe in Verdun where the old post office used to be (for adelaide hills dwellers). It is a creation by food mastermind Ali Seedsman who has been cooking professionally for over 20 years. Ali is a regular caterer at events hosted by the Lobethal Road and Shaw & Smith wineries, and runs cooking classes at the super popular Sticky Rice Cooking School.
This cafe is divided into two beautiful little sections: one half is a sit down cafe where you can have a drink, a meal and dessert and the other half is a bright and energetic cafe-turned-takeaway shop where you can buy anything from pate to sausage rolls, sweets and ready made meals that are perfect for the family for dinner.
On this occasion we sat in the main cafe area which was toasty warm from the indoor fire decorated with glossy red apples. We were greeted with the biggest of smiles and sat in a room surrounded with eclectic mirrors and black wooden frames. There were mismatched pastel mint chairs and antique tables, a wire bodice turned into a pendant light and plenty of toys for the little ones to get stuck into. The atmosphere was cosy, once you sit down you won’t want to move.
After quickly devouring a perfectly made latte (no sugar required here) we ordered our meals and whilst waiting eyeballed everyone else’s food. The menu isn’t overly huge but is filled with options to suit everyone, even on a tight budget, with a range of their hearty soups starting from $9. I decided on Ricotta and Parmesan tart with rocket salad and mum picked the Hainan Chicken- rice, ginger, shallot relish, chilli sauce.
One cup of mint tea and a glass of S.C Pannell Tempranillo later our perfectly plated meals arrived.
the tart was cheesy and had a incredibe pastry- not soggy with delicious pastry flakes on the outside. the rocket salad was fresh and simple and was accompanied with a nice light dressing. mum’s hainan chicken was full of flavour and packed the right amount of punch. There was a generous amount of chicken and plenty of rice to soak up the juices.
we couldn’t resist the sweets cabinet which was filled to the brim with home made cakes and slices. think carrot cake, caramel slice and even gluten free options. mum had the apple cake which tasted like a traditional german apple cake with chunks of apple and a side of sticky cream. all I can say is holy-party-in-my-mouth. I had the lemon slice which was zesty and just melted in my mouth. I even took half home in a napkin to eat later. Who am I kidding I ate it in the car on the way home.
Walk the Talk Kitchen and Catering also provides a catering service, yes hence the name. If the catering options are anything like they serve in their cafe I know who I will be calling for my next function.
you can find Walk The Talk Kitchen and Catering at 25 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Verdun.