East Terrace Continental - 6 East Tce, Adelaide
Please excuse the late blog post. We had just finished Fitzy's Five run around Adelaide (I scored a PB of 21:05 - I'm no panther but I'm pretty proud of my time) and we were too hungry to make it home without collapsing, or so it seemed. We checked the reviews on Yelp and headed for East Terrace Continental, or ETC as it's known to the hipsters.
We soon discovered it is best to book a table here on a Sunday if you want to be guaranteed a seat. We were lucky to find a table for two, by the window and bathed in sun. The breakfast menu is extensive with a few vegetarian and vegan options (or menu items can be modified to be vegan). I ordered the Fresh-Fanned Avocado with Wood Oven Toast ($6.70) with sides of mushrooms ($3), tomato ($3) and spinach ($3.80) and a carrot, celery and apple juice ($6.50). Mark ordered Field mushrooms served with oven-dried tomatoes, basil, Italian parmesan & balsamic vinegar with wood oven toast ($12.60) and the same juice as me.
Inside the cafe is large with lots of tables fairly close together. Had it been full, I think it would've been uncomfortable but we were fairly secluded on our table - just the way I like it. There's a nice rustic/organic feel to the interior design which makes it comfortable and a pleasant change from the ultra-modern brunch spots that have swamped the city in recent months.
Our juices arrived with minimal ice in them to water them down. They were nice and thick with plenty of pulp and had the crisp taste of fresh vegetables. Soon after, our brunch arrived.
|Bliss! A sun drenched table and deliciously pulpy veggie juice|
Mark's mushrooms made him a happy man. A man of few words, he said they were a little too oily for his liking but he still enjoyed them.
With such an extensive menu, I would love to see a few more exciting vegan dishes on there but of course I'm going to say that. I am pleased to see they use and advocate the use of free-range eggs (my belief is "free-range" is more of a marketing ploy than an ethical way of harvesting eggs but I won't get on my soapbox in this forum). I'm also keen to try out the lunch menu and use the online booking and pre-ordering service - if you have tried it already, let me know what it was like...
Ambiance - 3/5: It's comfortable and clean but the tables are packed pretty tight.
Service - 3/5: Staff cannot be seen unless clearing tables or ordering at the counter.
Food: 8.5/10: Fresh, tasty, bold flavours and well presented.
In total, Tom gives East Terrace Continental 14.5/20 chops on The Chopping Board.