The Stranded Store - a place I wouldn't mind being stranded!

The Stranded Store - 14 The Strand, Colonel Light Gardens SA 5041

Trying to find somewhere different but picturesque to have lunch one Saturday, I (Amanda) stumble across The Stranded Store. Hidden in the quiet, leafy suburban street of Colonel Light Gardens we arrive to a 1pm booking I secured a couple of days prior. We are seated in the small main room which is bright from the large windows looking out to the beautiful neighbourhood houses and gardens. There are only two other tables occupied when we arrive. Our waiter today is friendly and helpful and takes our order promptly.

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Grilled SA Prawns with Zucchini, Lemon Salad, Fried Haloumi & Harissa $30
After a 30 minute wait our lunch finally arrives and I'm a little nervous as after such a long wait I'm not sure if the trek to the southern suburbs was going to be worth it. But boy was it ever! I selected the grilled SA prawns with zucchini, lemon salad, fried haloumi and harissa and it was delightful.  This plate of deliciousness was put together like someone had just foraged for my goodies in an organic back garden! So much fresh and locally sourced produce on one plate.

There were beautiful, generous pieces of dill, parsley and mint, mixed with an assortment of lettuce leaves including radicchio. There was a range of flavoursome tomatoes including cherry, roma and heirloom and the zucchini was cut in large wedges and also into thin peel slices. The combination of different types and cuts of the same vegetable provided an exciting textural experience for the palate. 

The generous serve of 8 prawns on the plate are plump, juicy and well cooked. Hidden underneath the salad is a good sized smoky char-grilled piece of bread topped with thick lashes of fried juicy haloumi. The extra wedge of lemon on the side topped off the whole dish with a beautiful fresh acidity. Wow so much on one plate but it worked so well. A dish I thought about for days afterwards!

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Smoked Salmon
Both my guests decided on the Smoked Salmon which was on the specials list. They also thoroughly enjoyed this dish as there was so much flavour and the salmon was cooked to perfection. They especially loved the salad of lentils and beetroot and the sprinkle of pomegrantes which added bursts of freshness.

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Salted Caramel Brownie $4.50
With our cups of teas and coffees, we couldn't refuse the tempting baked goods in the cake display. We decided to share a Salted Caramel Brownie and the Cranberry and Oat Slice. We find out afterwards that the cakes are not baked on site but rather sourced from local businesses such as Jenny's Bakery and Pink Frosting. The salted caramel brownie was decadent and fudgy, just how I like it, with a scrumptious layer of salted caramel along the base of the cake.

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Cranberry & Oat Slice $4.50
The cranberry and oat slice was moist and fresh with a great crumble on top and a sweet inner with a stewed type cranberry mixed throughout. Having a bite of this slice in between the brownie helped to balance out the brownies chocolatey richness.

Overall, we enjoyed our visit to The Stranded Store especially once the tables filled and there was a buzzing atmosphere in this cute little suburban restaurant. The food was well executed and well sized which made the above average lunch time prices more than worth it. I will definitely return, maybe for breakfast next time!

Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly: One vegetarian dish but there is a note on the menu to inform that some of their dishes can be made vegetarian.
Child Friendly: The menu isn't child friendly but the environment is.

Ambiance: 3.5/5 - Started very quiet but built to a charming atmosphere.
Service: 3/5 - Friendly and knowledgable but a long wait for food.
Food: 9/10 - Fresh local produce executed well.  Just wished they baked fresh on site too!

In total OTCB gives The Stranded Store 15.5/20 chops on The Chopping Board.

Please note:  The Stranded Store has closed as of 29 June 2015.

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  1. ha, only an Adelaide person would use the word "trek" for somewhere that is 8km out of the city! Although it is hidden in the backstreets and you'd never find it without hearing about it from someone else, another thing that is "very Adelaide". Shame this place is now closed as they'd served up the best brekky so far (twice), as we discover this new town of ours.


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