Tuesday, April 15, 2014

San Churro, Iced

Merkel and Myrtle returned to Chocolateria san Churro after an evening at the French film festival at the Palace Nova Cinemas.  It was a warm evening so Merkel chose the iced chocolate.  The photo here suffers from Merkel being too eager to have a drink.  The photo was taken after part of it was consumed.  Some of the whipped cream and the chocolate flakes on top have gone along with some of the drink.  Check the San Churro website for a better photo.  The iced chocolate was served in a tall glass with chocolate sauce patterns visible through the glass walls.  There was vanilla ice cream in the drink.  The chocolate sauce was a good rich flavour and not too sweet, but there was not enough of it.  The drink on the whole was very milky.

Oriel Café Bar

The Oriel Café Bar or the OCB can be found in the shopping centre at 365a Kensington Road, Kensington Gardens.  This is a big café with friendly table service and an extensive menu. 

The beverage list boasted an OCB hot chocolate made from melted chocolate with marshmallows, so this was the one Merkel had to have at $4.50.  The other hot chocolates were a cup for $3.60 and a mug for $4.30.  The drink was served in a tall glass with plenty of froth and a sprinkle of chocolate powder on top.  The two marshmallows were big and fresh and worthy of comment.  The drink was nice dark chocolate flavour, better than most standard hot chocolates but not up to the standard of some of the Belgian hot chocolates around town.  

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Loose Caboose

The Loose Caboose is a café and coffee roaster on First Street Hindmarsh just behind the Governor Hindmarsh hotel.  The old Bowden Railway Station has been renovated into a marvellous eating area inside and outside.  The high ceilings and variety of timbers on the floors and tables create work well and the view over the train track reminds everyone that they are in an old railway station.  The menu offers breakfasts and lunches which take basic meals done in a very classy fashion.  I had sardines on toast for $19.50 but that included sour dough bread, a whole can of sardines (the can was served on the plate) and a salad featuring heirloom tomatoes.
The hot chocolate came in a blue ceramic cup and saucer.  The drink was topped with a white froth, a sprinkle of chocolate power and a latte art.  The chocolate flavour was dark and interesting.  It had a good level of sweetness but should have been richer.  The cost was $4.00.

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Friday, April 4, 2014


Merkel and Myrtle returned to the Lenzerheide recently.  This is one of Adelaide’s finest restaurants.  The food and service did not disappoint.  We were there to celebrate the birthday of Daniel Piechnick who provides his food reviews in The Feed Report and is South Australia’s Scrabble champion.  We indulged in a fixed price menu which was delicious.

The hot chocolate was not a high point of the Lenzerheide experience.  The drink was well presented in an insulated double-sided glass like at Dolce and Co.  A pink and a white marshmallow were provided in the saucer.  It was topped with a white froth and a sprinkle of chocolate powder.  The chocolate however was not rich or tasty enough.  I had an excellent chocolate covered crepe for dessert which clearly demonstrated that Lenzerheide understand how to provide a good chocolate flavour.  It was unfortunate this skill was not applied to its hot chocolate.  

Monday, March 31, 2014

Uber Food

Uber Food is a little café and catering company at 51a Kensington Road, Norwood.  It is open for weekday lunches and has four tables inside and two outside.  It serves a range of light meals and specialises in gourmet Hot Dogs.  Merkel had a special surf and turf hot dog which included prawns which was tasty.  There are plenty of photos on the wall of Uber Chef Tina and various celebrity chefs.

The hot chocolate did not seem to be on the menu but Merkel ordered it anyway.  The cost was $4.00 for a cup or $5.00 for a mug.  It came in a fine china cup and saucer.  It was topped with a froth and a sprinkle of chocolate powder.  This was not a great hot chocolate.  It was not creamy or chocolaty enough.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Duthy Street Deli

I returned to the Duthy Street Deli to have lunch with my sons recently.  This café has been serving good food for many years now, since it took over the old corner delicatessen.  There is still a short but exotic menu of breakfasts and lunches and the service is prompt and friendly.

The hot chocolate came in a mug and saucer.  It was decorated with a white froth and a semicircle of chocolate powder.  The taste was dark and chocolaty.  The costs were $4.00 for a cup or $4.70 for the mug.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Black Olive Café

Merkel and Myrtle visited the Black Olive Café is at 4 Kensington Road, Rose Park recently, not far from the Britannia roundabout.  The Cafe provides plenty of seating inside and outside and provides prompt table service.  The licensed Café provides a range of meals including salads and sandwiches.

The hot chocolate came in a big red ceramic cup and saucer.  A marshmallow was provided.  The drink was topped with a froth and a sprinkle of chocolate powder.  The drink had a good milk chocolate flavour and cost $4.40.

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