Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Spot Café Bar

The Spot is a new breakfast and lunch venue situated at 56A King William Road, Goodwood.  It is right next to the Red Door Bakery.  It does a range of breakfasts and speciality burgers and focaccias for lunch.  There is plenty of seating.  The old shop has been tastefully renovated.  The retro incandescent bulbs are a nice touch.

The hot chocolate came in a big black ceramic cup and saucer.  There were three mini-marshmallows provided.  It was topped with plenty of creamy froth and a sprinkle of chocolate powder.  There should have been more chocolate in the drink as the flavour was fairly weak.  The costs were $3.50, $4.00 or $5.00 depending on size.

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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.