Monday, March 31, 2014
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.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
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
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.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
One 60 is the new Café at 160 Fullarton Road, Rose Park, which used to be
Urban Bistro and prior to that the the Queen Victoria Hospital. It is a great location overlooking the old Victoria Park Racecourse. One 60 provides table service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My Thai beef salad was a tasty lunch.
The hot chocolate came in a tall glass with a handle and a saucer. It was topped with plenty of froth and a sprinkle of chocolate powder. The milk chocolate flavour was good. The cost was $4.50.
Monday, March 24, 2014
This little Café is at 117 Melbourne Street a few doors west of First Pour. It has exposed brick walls and a random mix of furnishings. Merkel and Myrtle were sitting at table made from a door and packing crates. The staff are friendly and quick and they have a good range of brunches such as eggs and salads on the menu.
The hot chocolate at UR Caffe looked quite special. It was a Belgian hot chocolate in a large, slightly elliptical, drinking bowl and saucer. The drink was topped with a wonderful piece of latte art. While the Belgian chocolate flavour was rich and creamy the drink was a little too sweet for Merkel's taste. This would have been a great chocolate experience if there was less sugar in the mix. The cost was $6.00.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Grill House Café and Cevapi at 466 Grange Rd, Fulham Gardens is a Greek style café. Lamb on the spit is served on Saturdays and Sundays. There were also grilled meats, burgers, chips and Greek desserts available. Cevapcici and bureks were also available. A burek is pastry with various fillings.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Hey Jupiter is a little Café in Ebenezer Place in the East End Market area just around the corner from the Chocolate Bean. It has eclectic décor featuring a wall of mirrors with some of the notable entries in the wine list written on them. This is a breakfast and lunch place with good service and delectable lunches. There is seating inside and on Ebenezer Place.
Merkel was pleased to see Callebaut Hot Chocolate list on the menu. The Belgian chocolate came in a black mug and a saucer with a paper doily. This Hey Jupiter crockery collection seemed fairly random but the paper doily was a nice touch. The dark Callebaut chocolate was delicious. It was topped with a brown froth and sprinkle of chocolate powder. The cost was $5.00. This is yet another good hot chocolate venue that Merkel can recommend.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
TramStop4 is at 5 Aroha Terrace, Forrestville which presumably is also tram stop 4 on the Adelaide to Glenelg tram line. This is a small Café but that been impressively decorated. There is plenty of art work and childrens play area out the back. It has a short lunch and breakfast menu featuring some standard and gluten free options.
The hot chocolate came in a ceramic mug with insulation to stop the fingertips from getting burnt. This came on a saucer with an heirloom teaspoon. One teaspoon featured the Fairstar ship on which Mytrle emigrated to Australia. The hot chocolate was creamy and rich and only cost $3.50.
Carpe Diem was a Latin phrase used by Horace in about 23 BC meaning “Seize the day”. Here the phrase has been put amongst some French words to refer to a French crepe restaurant at 230 Grenfell Street. The restaurant features French-speaking waiting staff and a range of savoury and sweet crepes.
Merkel ordered the standard hot chocolate which was $4.00. It came in a ceramic cup and saucer and topped with a white froth and sprinkle of chocolate powder. This was a good rich dark chocolate flavour.
Merkel then noticed that there was a Chocolate Venois on the menu made with Belgian chocolate, so he ordered this for dessert, as you do if you are a hot chocolate connoisseur. The drink came in a ceramic cup and saucer topped with a big squirt of whipped cream, and a second jug of hot chocolate for refills. Myrtle requested a second cup so she could assist Merkel in consuming this jug of hot chocolate. She was refused by an intransigent staff member. Good chocolate is something to share. This policy of not sharing a jug of hot chocolate was inexplicable. Of course the chocolate was shared. The chocolate was Belgian but should have been darker and richer to offset the cream. The cost of the Chocolate Venois was $5.50.
Dolce and Co is an unusual dessert bar as it is only open during the day before 3pm. This is because it sells the produce of the Ecotel Pastry and Chocolate School. The presentation of their desserts is immaculate in their glass counter. The hazelnut crunch was very tasty.
I had high hopes for the hot chocolate being the product of a Chocolate School especially since the cost was five dollars. The chocolate came in a clear double layer insulating mug. This is a nice receptacle to stop the drink burning the fingertips. The drink was topped with a light froth. The chocolate itself was too weak to appreciate any good chocolate flavour. This was disappointing as it may well have been good chocolate but unless it is rich enough this cannot be appreciated.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Merkel and Myrtle attended the Double Shot Coffee Fiesta Fringe event on Sunday. The attendees were entertained with live music and a latte art contest. There were many stalls selling coffee, food and a variety of goods.
Merkel’s interest in the event was of course the hot chocolates that were available. He tried two. One was from the Coffee Acadamy and one was from the Crema Coffee. Both were presented well within the limitations of the takeaway containers. The milk was creamy and the froth was good. The Coffee Acadamy using the Ducale branded coffee and chocolate powder had the superior chocolate flavour. This was a rich dark chocolate. The cost of these hot chocolates was $4.00.
The Marquis is a French-influenced fine dining restaurant and bar at 13 Gouger Street. Merkel and Myrtle visted there before attending a performance of the Kransky Sisters at the Royalty Theatre during the Fringe. It is next to the St Louis House of Fine Ice Cream which would have been the destination had it not been so crowded. The Marquis is dimly lit and has an impressive wine selection arranged on the wall that separates the bar and the restaurant.
The hot chocolate came in white ceramic mug on a red Vittoria saucer. It was topped with a white froth and sprinkle of chocolate powder. This was a creamy drink but not chocolaty enough. The cost was $4.00. The hot chocolate next door at St Louis House of Fine Ice Cream is better.
Friday, March 14, 2014
2CuzCafe is a licensed café and can be found at 106 Glen Osmond Road, Parkside. It has been open a few months and it does breakfasts, lunch and special tapas evenings. It also sells clothing and photography. There is plenty of seating inside and outside. There are a number of light meals on the menu. The roast chicken Turkish sandwich was delicious.
The hot chocolate came in a tall red mug and saucer. There was a froth on top with a marshmallow floating in the drink. It was nice long creamy drink but could have benefited from more chocolate and less sweetening. The cost was $4.80.
Merkel and Myrtle visited the House of Donkey recently. The house is an old building at 188 Sturt Street in the city. This café specialises in vegan and whole foods and has relaxing hippie feel to it. They provide friendly service and serve a range of vegetarian breakfasts and lunches.
Merkel ordered the chilli hot chocolate. It came in a glass with a blue and white willow pattern saucer. It has been a while since I have seen willow pattern china. It was topped with a bubbly froth and a sprinkle of chocolate powder. The drink was nicely spiced but not chocolaty enough. The cost was $4.00.
Merkel returned to Cibo on Hutt Street recently to check whether they still do their excellent Cioccolata Italiana. To Merkel’s delight they still do it and it came with a large dollop of whipped cream on top. This is a seriously thick hot chocolate with a good chocolaty flavour. It is server in a red ceramic cup and saucer and costs $4.60.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The Village Baker in Burnside Village does a good trade in pies, pasties, breads and cakes. There is seating inside the shop and in the arcade. The lamb shank pie was delicious.
The hot chocolate came in a Genovese cup and saucer and was topped with a white froth and a sprinkle of chocolate powder. A marshmallow was provided. The chocolate was too weak and sweet for your reviewers taste. The cost was $4.10.
Merkel and Myrtle returned to Steven ter Horst after seeing an entertaining show by the purple puppet Randy at the Fringe. A late evening chocolate with a hot beverage is an ideal way to complete an evening out.
The Spanish hot chocolate came in a small black cup and saucer with a brown froth on top. The flavouring was of cardomon and cinnamon and fairly sweet. It did not pack the punch of the chilli hot chocolate but it was a pleasant flavour complementing the rich dark chocolate. The cost was $6.50.
Nutrition Republic is a Café and health food store selling organic foods, juices and hot beverages. It can be found at 92-94 King William Road, Goodwood. There was not much in the way of savoury dishes available but there were some interesting looking desserts and blended juices or “elixirs” available.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Merkel and Myrtle returned to the Red Door Bakery inGoodwood. This has now been established for a couple of years and is doing good business. It makes gourmet pies, sausage roles and a select range of pastries. The hot chocolate came in a glass and was topped with a white froth and a sprinkle of chocolate powder. It also came with a pink and a white marshmallow. The cost has risen from last time to $4.60 but it is worth it for the Belgian flavour chocolate and the marshmallows.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Our expresso on Unley Road opposite the Cremorne Hotel is now a licensed Café. It is still a pleasant place to sit looking through the big windows at Unley Road.
The hot chocolate came large red ceramic cup and saucer. It was topped with white froth and chocolate powder. It was too sweet and milky to be a serious hot chocolate. The cost was $3.50.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Lunch on Leader is a cheery little snack bar at 64 Leader Street, Forestville. It has tables inside and outside. It provides a range sandwiches and snacks for breakfast and lunch.
The hot chocolate is provided in a white ceramic Dimattina coffee cup. The drink is topped with a mixture of white and brown froth and a sprinkle of chocolate powder. The taste was a rich dark chocolate flavour but it was too sweet. The cost is $3.50.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Merkel and Myrtle visited Carnevale Coffee which has taken over the shops at 114-118 East Avenue Clarence Park south of Sublime Cafe. Carnevale is a coffee roaster who provides a relaxing café experience. It is furnished by a mixture of wooden tables and chairs. Chess boards are provided on a couple of tables. A number of light meals such as salads, wraps, croissants and filos are available. The chess score was Merkel:2 Myrtle:0.
The hot chocolate came in a red ceramic cup and green saucer. It is was topped with ample white froth and liberal sprinkle of chocolate powder. The taste was light, creamy and chocolaty. The cost was $3.50.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Sublime Café is at 55 East Avenue, Clarence Park. It is a modern café with some of the same Ikea timber tables as we found in the Corner Store Café. It specialises in organic coffee, exotic juices in jars and light meals for breakfast and lunch.
The hot chocolate came in a glass and saucer. The glass was fairly hot to hold. The drink was topped with a white froth and sprinkle of chocolate powder. The taste was a rich dark flavour and a pleasure or drink. The cost was $3.50.