Wednesday, September 28, 2011

83 on Currie

Merkel and Myrtle returned to 83 on Currie. This time Merkel tried the Jaffa Iced Chocolate. This was served, like the iced chocolate, in a tall glass with a scoope of vanilla icecream, a squirt of whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate powder on top. The orange flavour was well balanced with the chocolate. This is a unique drink and was creamy and refreshing for $4.60.

Saturday, September 24, 2011


There have been a couple of changes of business on Unley Road. Abrieux seems to have shut up shop with a promise to return soon. Across the road Duffy's Bakery has changed hands and is now Lizzie's. Merkel and Myrtle had breakfast there recently. It still sells pies and cakes, but also has a breakfast and lunch menu. There is plenty of seating inside and outside.

Hot chocolate and iced chocolate were on the beverage list but the flavoured syrups seemed to have disappeared. The standard hot chocolate came in a glass mug and saucer with a pink marshmallow. It was topped with a white froth and a sprinkle of chocolate powder. There was not enough chocolate in it for the seasoned hot chocolate drinker.

Friday, September 23, 2011

C'est Ci Bon Snack Bar

C'est Ci Bon is an unassuming snack bar at 133 Waymouth Street. There are three small tables inside and a couple more on the footpath outside. It provides a range of sandwiches and snacks.
The hot chocolate was served in white mug on a saucer that did not quite fit the mug. It was topped with a white froth and plenty of chocolate powder. The drink was creamy and but the milk chocolate flavour was not particularly good. It cost four dollars.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Obun Chef

The signature dish of this little shop on 118 King William Street is the "Obun". This is a little bun with various flavoured custards inside. They also do bubble tea. Obun Chef also has a short menu of Asian lunches and other beverages. There are only have five or six tables inside on this busy city corner so you have to be opportunistic to get a table.  This place is on the corner between the Starlight Lunch Bar and New York Coffee Bar.

The hot chocolate comes in an elegant glass with a handle and is topped with a white froth and sprinkle of chocolate powder. The drink is creamy and has a reasonably good milk chocolate flavour. It was only $3.00 for the glass.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Steven ter Horst Chocolatier

This is a retail outlet for Steven ter Horst's very special chocolates but they also provide desserts, coffees and hot chocolates for the dine-in customer.
On a previous visit the shop was not properly geared up for a good hot chocolate but recently the hot chocolate was creamy and nicely frothed to compliment the wonderful Belgian Chocolate taste of the drink. This was served in a ceramic cup and saucer and cost $5.50.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Beginners and Cocolat

Merkel & Myrtle saw the movie "Beginners" recently. This was a melancholy film. The depiction of the relationships between the various characters in general was excellent but the themes of sadness put a dampner on the relationship between the two main characters. The relationship between the main character, played by Ewen McGregor and his dog had more electricity than his relationship with the character played by the georgious Melanie Laurent, which seemed inexplicable. This is a senstive and enjoyable film but a little slow in patches.

Merkel had the chilli hot chocolate in Cocolat at Rundle Street afterwards. This packed a good punch and went well with the jaffa chocolate cake.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Café Delicieuse, Iced

Café Delicieuse is one of those is hidden away on Wyatt Street of Grenfell Street and does not seem to be as popular as it deserves to be. They furnishings have changed since last time your reviewer visited but it is still a comfortable place with plenty of seating inside and out.
The iced chocolate came in a tall glass topped with icecream, cream and a sprinkle of chocolate powder. Chocolate syrup decorated the inside of the glass and the chocolate flavour was still good. The drink probably cost about $4.50.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


This is a new café on Victoria Square next to One Ate Five.  It provides a range of salads, rolls and Asian meals and it seems to be keen to get the customers in with good introductory offers. Your reviewer enjoyed a complimentary plate of ground apple fritters for dessert.

The hot chocolate came in a Griffiths cup and saucer with the Griffiths logo hidden in thte inside drinker facing position and the middle of the saucer. The hot chocolate was finished with a light brown froth. The drink was reasonably creamy but could have had a richer flavour. The cost was three dollars.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lime2 Mint

Merkel and Myrtle returned to Lime 2 recently. It is always nice to enjoy the view for Light Square and the building works next door were not too disruptive. Lime 2 has good menu of meals and snacks.

This time Merkel tried the mint hot chocolate. This was served in a glass with a saucer and a marshmallow. The taste was appealing because it did not overdo the mint flavour. This was a better mix than at Delish and Ink. The cost was $3.60.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Au Matin Calme, King William Rd

Au Matin Calm has opened a second shop in King William Road Hyde Park. It is over the road from Mulot's Pattisserie and not far from Spats. There are cakes and croissants available here but the omelettes and other food prepared on site are not available from this outlet.

Merkel chose the dark hot chocolate. It came in a tall ceramic mug. It was the same tasty blend of chocolate as was available at Hutt Street shop but there was more of it. There were sweeter flavours in this chocolate such as coconut or vanilla. The drink was topped with a brown froth and cost four dollars.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Funk, Mile End

Funk Coffee and Food have seven outlets in the CBD and have a recent addition just outside the CBD in Mile End. The Mile End location serves a number of office buildings recently established in the area. The Mile End Café has a similar menu and decor as the other outlets. There is plenty of seating inside and outside.

The hot chocolate is frothy and creamy. It has a good chocolaty flavour although is a little sweet. It is topped with a white froth and served in a ceramic cup and sauce. The cost is $3.40.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Elephant Walk

Merkel and Myrtle visited Elephant Walk this evening. This is a very popular place on Melbourne Street, North Adelaide. It has limited opening hours and limited seating so it is difficult to find a vacancy. It was third time lucky for your reviewer. The café is dark and intimate much like Spats on King William Road although with less of the ornate fixtures and fittings. The desserts and beverages also are more simple but still an adequate highlight to a pleasant evening.

Merkel enjoyed the Irish hot chocolate which was a mug of hot chocolate flavoured with Bailey's Irish Cream. The hot chocolate came topped with a white froth and sprinkle of chocolate powder. A pink and a white marshmallow were also provided. The hot chocolate was creamy with a milk chocolate flavour. The flavour of the Baileys became more evident as the level of the drink drew lower. The cost was $8.00.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Haus, Hahndorf

The Haus on the main street of Hahndorf is a big, friendly table service restaurant. It is a licensed venue that does meals all day and provides plenty of seating indoors and also outside on the decking with a view of the street.

The hot chocolate came in a tall glass with a handle and two marshmallows. The chocolate and milk had not been mixed leaving the chocolate and milk clearly visible in two layers through the walls of the glass. This was a nice decorative touch however a longer spoon would have made the mixing task less messy. The chocolate flavour was good and the drink, topped with froth and plenty of chocolate powder cost $3.80.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Caffe Casalinga, Hahndorf

"Casalinga" is a popular name for Italian restaurants meaning "Housewife". A previous review has appeared here for a restaurant of the same name. Merkel and Myrtle dined at this restaurant in the main street of Hahndorf recenctly. It is a friendly Italian restaurant serving pizza, pasta and other meals and had a live band on a Thursday night. The walls were adorned with vivid works of local artists. The meal and the music were very pleasant.

The hot chocolate came in a ceramic Vittoria cup and saucer. The Vittoria logo was on the inside of the cup and middle of the saucer. A dark chocolate wrapped in foil also carried the Vittoria brand. The hot chocolate was topped with a white froth and a sprinkle of chocolate powder. The hot chocolate and the wrapped chocolate were tasty and cost $3.60.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Chocolate @ No. 5

Merkel and Myrtle visited Hahndorf again recently. One of the main attractions for Merkel is always Chocolate @ No. 5. This café, in an old stone cottage, is dedicated to high quality chocolate drinks and desserts.

Merkel chose the dark Belgian hot chocolate which was available in regular for $5.00 or large for $6.00. It was served in a colourful mug and saucer and was a good rich Belgian Chocolate flavour. The froth was decorated with "No. 5" on top marked with chocolate powder.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The King of Sandwich

This is another stall in the Citi Centre foodcourt at 11 Rundle Mall. As the name suggests the shop sells a range of sandwiches that are freshly made or prepackaged. The store is closer to Hindmarsh Square than Yiros & Health Food and Donut King.

The hot chocolate came in a ceramic mug and cost only three dollars. It was topped with a heap of froth and plenty of chocolate powder. The chocolate flavour was a little weak but it was a creamy drink.