The Annex Cafe - 3 Waterloo St, GlenelgHidden away from the confusion of Jetty Rd, just down Warterloo St is where you'll find the unobtrusive, humble and welcoming cafe front of The Annex Cafe. This place has been on my list of places to eat at for a while and I'm constantly reminded of it when I see well composed photos of their food in my Facebook feed.
|Image source: The Annex Cafe Facebook page|
Once inside, it was like being taken back to my family dinners where the TV was off, no magazines were allowed at the table and we were encouraged to talk about our day. The Annex isn't dissimilar. Tables of customers interact with each other while the staff casually take orders, deliver meals and join in the conversation.
I was late to lunch and due to food being made at the beginning of the day it meant I had the option of a strawberry bagel (sounds delicious but isn't vegan) or a pumpkin and roasted almond soup. In previous reviews, I've moaned about multiple menu items not being available, The Annex Cafe is different because there is no menu, selections are made from what is already prepared - good move.
I also ordered the juice advertised on the board (beetroot, other vegetables and fruit I can't remember). To finish it all off, I added a peanut butter cheesecake. My order came to twenty-something dollars, not bad for fresh vegan food from a hipster cafe in Glenelg!
My juice arrived in a jar. As a personal preference, I don't do jars. Jars are for storing things in with a lid, not for drinking out of. However, I understand there's plenty of people out there who dig drinking and eating out of jars. To be frank, I wish I did love it because instead of being upset about breaking a glass at home, I'd just need to pile more peanut butter on my toast in order to empty the jar so I could have a drink. Back to the juice. It was delicious, a little sweeter than I would make myself but totally fresh, not watered down with copious amounts of ice and just the right thickness.
|Beetroot, something and something juice that made me pee pink for a couple of days :)|
|Pumpkin and roasted almond soup.|
|Peanut butter cheesecake.|
Ambiance - 4.5/5: The interior design is excellent and it has a homely, comforting feel about it
Service - 4.5/5: Kind, honest and hospitable. They forget to give me a tax invoice but I also forgot to ask again
Food: 8/10: It's good quality, tasty cafe food made with good quality ingredients.
In total, Tom gives The Annex Cafe 17/20 chops on the chopping board.