It’s hard to find a decent coffee outside of Melbourne. As far as I remember the only I’ve had was at Campo’s in Sydney.
Whenever I’m out of town and a local takes me somewhere that has ‘ah-may-zing’ coffee, I usually just smile politely and hope they don’t notice me slipping in a couple of extra sugars to cover the burnt milk taste. As such I was a little apprehensive on the way to the Queen Street Cafe for breakfast on the morning of Eat Drink Blog.
When we arrived, the hipster-y mismatched retro furniture won me over and I was instantly teleported back to an inner-city Melbourne coffee shop. My latte was smooth, creamy and just the right temperature and strength for my liking. It was a shame it took them 30 minutes to bring it out because I would have very much liked to get another one.
The breakfast menu was short and sweet, with the standard breakfast offerings (think poached eggs and mushrooms, house made baked beans). I ordered the blue swimmer crab omelette based on a recommendation.
The omelette was soft and fluffy, seasoned well and not at all overcooked. It was generously stuffed with tender pieces of crab meat and topped with an Asian-style salad. The salad was fresh and zingy, the mint and coriander balancing well with the lime and fish sauce dressing. It was generous, filling and a nice change from your usual bacon-and-eggs.
The quality of food and coffee was good, although the menu was a little pricey. My crab omelette at $19 was pretty good value but my dining companion’s avocado on toast wasn’t so (I can’t remember how much it cost, but I remember thinking at the time that it was a hell of a lot more than what it should be). Service was quite slow and fairly indifferent.
I haven’t been to many other places in Adelaide so I’m not sure what the usual standard of breakfast is. I’ll give the Queen Street Cafe the benefit of the doubt and say that it’s worth a visit.Queen Street Cafe 12 Elizabeth St