Friday, January 27, 2012

Whipped Bake Bar Cafe, Semaphore by Big Fil

I don't often get down to Semaphore. Normally if Hungry Pete and I are looking for a beachside breakfast we will walk to Glenelg or Henley Beach (it's good staying halfway between the two). But having read good things about Whipped Bake Bar Café I managed to convince him to go for a drive and ended up very glad I did. Nice esplanade to drive along, interesting main street to explore but most important of all, a very good little café to eat at.

One of the things I particularly liked is that it just seemed to have a really nice local café feel to it. It's kind of hard to put into words but I thought it had a welcoming atmosphere comparatively early in the morning, when the suburb was just waking up and a few of the locals were wandering in for breakfast. All of the food behind the counter looked good and it offers a range of more speciality coffees, something I hadn't really noticed much in Adelaide before this trip (could be my oversight though as I am not a coffee drinker).

Menu wise more interesting than most as well, even with Hungry Pete going for the Big Breakfast of (nicely done) fried eggs, toast, bacon, tomato, spinach, mushrooms and a little unusually chorizo. While I didn't get to sample any it did look pretty good.

On the other hand I went with the sweet corn fritters, which came with poached eggs, smoked bacon, baby spinach, tomato, fried haloumi and tomato relish. Great juicy tomatoes, one egg perfectly poached but one slightly overdone, good well flavoured corn fritters and bacon which was ok but could have been slightly crisper. Best thing about it, the nicely fried cheese. Has to be bad for you but just salty squeaky yumminess on a plate.

With an interesting range of cakes available I decided on a slice of lime and coconut cheesecake for breakfast dessert. It was well flavoured but a little dry. Probably should have expected that though, as it was the last slice. Might have been improved by something on the side, say a little bit of lime or lemon infused cream.

We didn't go out the back but there did appear to be a courtyard dining option, as well as a couple of tables out on the street front if you wanted to watch the crowd pass on by. Service was friendly and reasonably quick with only a few other tables occupied.

Just a safe and pleasant café option in what for a long time was an underrated part of town. A thoroughly enjoyable start to my last day in town.

Food - 8
Service - 7.5
Ambience - 7.5
Price - 7

35 Semaphore Road
Semaphore SA 5019
Tel: (08) 8242 3000

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