Monday, October 28, 2013

Grass Roots

Grass Roots (Soup, Salad, Savoury), have two outlets in Adelaide.  The one reviewed earlier on 2 Pirie Street is fairly small compared with the newer location at 50 Grenfell Street.  Another example of Café Foyerism this is located in the light and airy foyer of a Telstra building.  There is plenty of seating inside and out and a good range of light meals.

The beverages come in three sizes for three, four or five dollars.  The hot chocolate came in a white ceramic cup and saucer.  There was a creamy froth on top with semicircle of chocolate powder.  The drink unfortunately was weak and sweet.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

19 on Exchange

19 on Exchange has recently open at 19 Exchange Place near the corner of and Grenfell Street and Exchange Place.  The Café at the back entrance of on a tall office block is a good example of Café Foyerism as it open to the foyer area.  The Café is a bit like a Subway but with more class and a cappuccino machine.  When I was there they were all out of sub bread but provided me a bagel instead.

The hot chocolate came in a white ceramic cup and sauce with froth and a liberal sprinking of chocolate on top.  The drink was creamy sufficiently rich to be a satisfying drink.  The cost was $3.40 for a regular cup.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Caparezza Espresso Bar

Caparezzo Espresso Bar is small café at the South end (36b) of James Place in the Adelaide CBD.  It uses part of the space where Rush Espresso was previously.  Caparezzo has an active Facebook page and serves a range of Italian meals.  There is comfortable seating available inside and on James Place.

The hot chocolate was served in a Vittoria coffee cup and saucer.  The froth had a criss-cross pattern of chocolate powder on top.  The drink was creamy and not too sweet.  The cost was $3.60 for a regular cup or $4.60 for a large one.>

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fair Espresso

Your reviewer visit Fair Espresso recently.  The name was familiar as your review had a hot chocolate from a Fair Espresso cart at the Semaphore Music Festival in 2010.  The new shop at 20 James Place is cozy with limited seating inside and out the front.  It specialises in fair-trade and organic food and beverages.  It does light meals and a range of coffees and hot chocolates.

The choice was between a fair-trade or a dark hot chocolate at $4.00 or milk hot chocolate at $3.80.  Your reviewer tried the fair-trade hot chocolate.  A large cup was 70 cents extra.  The drink came in a brown ceramic cup and saucer.  There was a well-executed example of latte art on the froth and a sprinkle of chocolate powder.  The taste was creamy and rich and proved to be an excellent drink.  The shop has fulfilled the early promise shown by event cart.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Stephen ter Horst, Fruit de Bois

Merkel and Myrtle returned to Stephen ter Horst Chocolatier after a long break.  There have been a few changes since this shop on Unley Road first opened, but the splendid array of magnificent chocolates are still there to marvel at and indulge in.  The Café is now open more often at night and provides more desserts (other than individual chocolates) which attract the dessert Café crowd.  There are more seats and most importantly more hot chocolates on the menu.

Merkel could have chosen a hot chocolate with hazelnut praline, Spanish spices or chilli but the one he chose on this visit was “Fruit de Bois”.  This is literally fruit of the forest and had a strong flavouring of raspberry and blackberry.  The flavouring was strong to blend with the rich chocolate flavour of the drink.  The drink was served in a modest black ceramic cup and saucer with a brown froth on top.  The cost for the normal hot chocolate is $5.50 and the Fruit de Bois was $6.00.  The indulgence was well worth the price.

Dulwich Bakery

Dulwich Bakeries have recently started serving coffees and hot chocolates in their bakeries.  Merkel and Myrtle have gone along the Dulwich Bakery in Unley Shopping Centre and the Dulwich Bakery at the Malvern 7 day Centre to sample their offerings.  Both are on Unley Road.  A small number of tables are available at both locations.  The cakes and pies are good and the service is friendly.

The hot chocolate is served in a white ceramic cup and saucer and finished with a white froth and a sprinkle of chocolate powder.  The drink however is too week and sweet for the taste of your reviewer.  The cost was inexpensive probably about three dollars.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Whisk Patisserie

Merkel and Myrtle recently returned to Whisk Patisserie  at 113 Goodwood Road for a pleasant lunch. It provides a tasty range of roles, quiches and pastries and now has its own web-site.

The hot chocolate was served in to stylish tall white ceramic cup and saucer with three marshmallows.  The drink is topped with a light brown froth and a sprinkle of cocoa with a hint of cinnamon. The drink is light and frothy and made with real chocolate with Belgian flavour.  The cost was four dollars.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Waverley House Cafe

The old Café Symphony has been taken over by a licensed Café called Waverley House Café.  The new owners have focused on the history of the old building at 97 Belair Road, Torrens park, opposite the Torrens Arms Hotel.  The new Café is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday.  There is seating inside and outside.  The inside is comfortable furnished with classic décor and local paintings on the wall.  The staff are young and friendly.

There hot chocolates on the menu are Belgium Milk and Belgium Dark chocolates.  The Dark chocolate was light and frothy with a sprinkle of chocolate on top.  It was not quite rich enough for your reviewer.  It came in green cup and saucer with a white and a pink marshmallow.  The cost was four dollars.