The Coffee Barun - It's Lunchtime!

The Coffee Barun - 217-219 Main North Rd (cnr Third Ave) Sefton Park, SA 5083

The Coffee Barun is a northern Adelaide institution these days. Always full, always buzzing, it's a go to for most in the area. And without anything close to delivering the same levels of food and coffee it's going to stay that way for quite some time. This review is from a recent lunch visit. I (Nathan) don't often get to the Barun for lunch, mostly just for coffee and breakfast.

The lunch menu is still extensive, with a few pizza options, bruschettas, burgers and rolls. Everything is just a little fancier than a normal café, there's one ingredient on each dish that is a little different. Today we went with a pizza and a bruschetta, and a dessert special to share once we'd finished lunch. Both are served really quick. It's not too busy today, one of the downfalls is that the Barun gets super busy and you can wait over 30 minutes at times. Not really much you can do about that!

BBQ Meat Lovers Pizza - $17
The pizza is a good size for lunch, with a good ratio of toppings to match the size. The balance of saltiness from the meats and sweet from the sauce is spot on. The base isn't a traditional wood oven or pizza shop style, it's somewhere in between.

Bruschetta - $15
The bruschetta is really pleasing to the eye, lots of pops of colour from the cherry tomatoes, feta and basil. The tomatoes are sweet and pair great with the salty and creamy feta. It's finished with a dressing, with some of tomato and feta's best friends - basil, oil and salt.

Banana, Caramel and Chocolate Waffle Special - $17
The dessert is from the specials board, and we choose to share one because the lunches are a decent size on their own but we're feeling the need for something sweet to go with our coffees. The dish delivers this, with lots of sticky sauce, sweet fruits and some quality ice cream. Holding it together are the crunchy waffles which are necessary to keep the balance right.

Skim Lattes - $3.80 each
I've said a lot about Coffee Barun coffee before, but it's still one of the best cups in the state. There's always a variety of beans and methods to try and the delivery is always consistent. There's a distinctive taste to the beans, and if you're lucky enough to be there on a roast day, it's a multi sensory experience, smelling the beans roasting, then tasting those scents within the cup. Don't forget to take home a bag if you've got a machine. I've found that the Barun take home beans are also super reliable, allowing for a consistent approach to grinding, dosing and tamping at home.

Today we also used the entertainment card voucher for a 2-4-1 on our lunch meals. This meant that the largish lunch we had wasn't overly expensive.  The café is super child friendly. There's ample amount of clean ideal high chairs, most tables with sufficient room for them to be seated at the side. There's room between tables for a pram to manoeuvre and in the corner is a kids area with pens, pencils, kid seats to sit and colour. It's not a quiet café either, so there aren't any of those noisy child in the corner issues.

Vegan / Vegetarian / GF: Definitely a few options for diners here
Child friendly: As described, definitely a place you can bring the kids. Most of the menu options can be downsized in my experience.

Service: 3/5 - Today was prompt. On busy days, you'll be greeted at the door to be placed at a table or told how long you'll need to wait.
Ambiance: 4/5 - The place always has a good buzz, lots of chatter, kids laughing and a steady stream of whatever classic hits are on Max. It just may not be the place you go to have a quiet, deep and meaningful conversation.
Food: 8/10 - The food is always nice. It could get a bit expensive though, but the meals are large and of a higher standard than most cafes.

Overall, OTCB gives The Coffee Barun 15/20 chops on The Chopping Board.

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  1. Popped in for the 1st time at 340pm 20mins before closing after hearing good things. Got immediately confronted with 'we close in 20 best if you have coffee to go'. I said no will have it here thanks. Received our coffees. Bordered on burnt and bitter tasting, average taste. The coffee barista really needs to improve his people skills. Not impressed wont rush back.


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