House of Donkey - A meat-free masterpiece

It was one of those last minute lunches. And by last minute, I mean I tweeted Chloe the night before and asked if she wanted to do a cheeky Friday lunch. She did. Both of us have eaten at House of Donkey before but always promised each other we'd eat here together.

188 Sturt St, Adelaide - Image courtesy of Yelp
The unassuming entrance to House of Donkey (image courtesy of Yelp)

When you see the bicycles, flag and kooky signs out the front, you know you've arrived. Step inside and you'll find 3 tables and a breakfast bar in the main entrance. Venture further down to find another small room of tables and then walk past the kitchen to the garden. There, you'll find four or five mis-matched tables, wooden palates up-cycled into herb gardens and a whole lot fo serenity. We opted to enjoy the good vibe in the front room and spent a good 15 minutes chatting, catching up and laughing. All while a couple sitting on a windowsill seat behind us played scrabble and drank tea.

Donkey is Open For You - House of Donkey, Adelaide
One of many cute, kooky signs you'll find here.
The menu, made up of half a dozen items plus two specials is adequate - except when they run out of what you want for lunch. I originally ordered a vegan version of the pesto mushrooms but there was only a half serve left. I changed my order to the salad special (kale pomegranate, baby spinach, walnuts and black rice) with the half serve of mushrooms on the side.

In all the confusion of my initial order, the salad I received was finished with blue cheese and the mushroom had melted parmesan melted on top. It was quickly remade and came back with apologies and smiles - I wasn't all that bothered.
Kale, pomegranate, walnut, black rice and spinach salad - House of Donkey, Adelaide
Damn fine salad.
The maker of my salad struck a good balance of leafy stuff, substantial tasty stuff and dressing. The pomegranate seeds were like little surprising bursts of sweet nectar hidden in fork-fulls of kale, baby spinach and herbs. Using black rice gave the salad depth, texture and a pleasant earthy flavour. I don't normally dress my salads (and I forgot to ask them to hold the dressing) so it was a little oily for my liking but I'm sure it'd be fine for most people.

I finished every mouthful of my salad and washed it down with a pot of loose leaf chai tea. We stayed a while longer and kept chatting because we were in no rush and felt completely comfortable to sit there all afternoon. Had it been a nice day, I reckon we would've moved out to the garden where (I believe) dogs are made welcome.

Ambiance:  3/5 - Similar to so may other vegan eating places. Still, it's warm and inviting.
Service: 3/5 - Super friendly but perhaps a little vague.
Food: 9/10 - I loved my salad and previous meals here have been tops too!

In total, Tom gives House of Donkey 15/20 chops on the Chopping Board.

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