Bistro 25 - Would skipping German fare in Hahndorf result in eater's remorse?

Huge German meat platters containing pork hock, kranskis, pretzels and sauerkraut are usually the norm when dining in Hahndorf. And personally I have no problems with this fare whatsoever. However, my boyfriend's cousin and his wife positively rave about a place on Hahndorf's main street called 'Bistro 25'. With them living in the Adelaide Hills, it is a spot they frequent almost on a weekly basis so one Sunday morning they decided to take us there for a sunny brunch date.
  







Bistro 25 prides itself in using produce that is local to the Adelaide Hills region and this was definitely showcased on the day. Across the four of us three different dishes were chosen, with these being; Thyme roasted Swiss brown mushrooms: Served on Picadilly pide with sauteed spinach and Udder Delights goat curd; The Breakfast Burger: Eggs, Hills smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and tomato chilli sauce on a toasted damper roll; and Savoury French Toast : Smoked local bacon, maple syrup and butter. My mouth is watering just reading the descriptions!

First up - the Swiss brown mushrooms. The generous taste I received of this dish was divine, with the mushroom roasted with a strong flavour of thyme. Meanwhile, the goat curd was creamy and subtle in taste. Texturally, the combination of soft mushroom, creamy curd, wilted spinach and crunchy pide worked very well. It is very impressive that a dish of such simple ingredients could be so pleasing.  After brunch, we headed down to Udder Delights at the other end of the main street to check out the cheese they have on offer.  They also serve a delicious and good value Ploughman's basket, but I'll need to save that for another day.  



Thyme roasted Swiss brown mushrooms: Served on Picadilly pide with sauteed spinach and Udder Delights goat curd

The Breakfast Burger was delicious with the two sunny side up eggs still retaining their yolks to be runny and golden. The bacon was top quality, while the tomato chilli sauces gave an added zing. A conventional bacon and eggs breakfast in burger formed worked!


The Breakfast Burger: Eggs, Hills smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and tomato chilli sauce on a toasted damper roll

I ordered the savoury french toast and this didn't disappoint - talk about gluttony! Three thick slices of french toast were served with locally smoked bacon, a quarter of a cup of real maple syrup and three servings of butter (waaay too much - used only one). I have always been a fan of sweet savoury combinations and this hit the spot. Fluffy french toast that did a great job of soaking up the maple syrup, then three slices of smoky, char grilled bacon. Can not get over how tasty this was.


Savoury French Toast : Smoked local bacon, maple syrup and butter

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There are a number of gems nestled away in the Adelaide Hills, and with Hahndorf only a mere 20 minutes out of the CBD its worth checking them out. Considering how much food nostalgia I'm currently undergoing writing this post, I'll definitely try Bistro 25 again. However, there is the risk that I would go straight back to the french toast and not get the chance to try anything else!

Jess gives Bistro 25 17/20 chops in the Chopping Board.

Food: 9/10
Ambience: 4/5
Service: 4/5


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