Hibernia Cafe - Where's the Love?

Hibernia Cafe - 609 Magill Road, Magill SA 5072

Being the brunch lovers that we are (check out many of our other brunch reviews here), we decided it was time to check out Hibernia Cafe on Magill Road. It has taken us a little longer to get here than we would have liked, especially since it would be considered as our local but better late than never hey? We stopped on our way home one Saturday afternoon around 2pm for a late lunch and yes we were starving! The venue was empty... no other late "lunchers" here, so we had our pick of the tables.

I (Amanda) really liked the interior fit out. Modern, clean and elegant. The use of black, white and wooden floor boards was right up my interior design alley! We decided quickly what we wanted (because, did I say we were starving?!) and looked around for someone to take our order... ghost town (*insert cricket sounds here*). Finally we waved down our server and placed our orders... cornbread and a pie (made by Eire Pies).

Cornbread $17
The cornbread dish was described as cornbread with grilled haloumi, jalapeno salsa and a poached egg. It looked pretty on the plate but as soon as I saw the restrained serving size I knew this was barely going to touch the sides of my starved stomach! The poached egg was cooked well, running over the haloumi and cornbread nicely. There were 2 slices of the cornbread which were quite flavourful and had that signature soft and slightly dry texture that worked well with the runny egg yolk and juicy salsa.

There were 2 slices of haloumi grilled to a nice brown outer but they were very thin and I would have liked to have enjoyed more of that soft texture of the interior. The jalapeno salsa was more like a tomato salsa with lots of tomato and onion with some hard to find jalapeno. The dish really missed the kick of jalapeno to lift it but overall an OK dish.

Lamb & Rosemary Pie with Salad & Relish $10 ($5 with no salad or relish)
My mum decided to try the lamb and rosemary pie which came with a side salad and relish. From the outer the pie looked great and I'd heard some good things about Eire Pies but unfortunately when she cut into it, it was all pastry, a couple of tiny pieces of lamb and gravy at the bottom and a whole lot of air! We looked at each other and I think if we weren't so starving we would have returned it to the counter, as surely this was a one off failure? The pastry was lovely and buttery and flaky and the relish had a great curry flavour but to eat pastry and a small spoonful of relish for lunch was very disappointing. The salad was a handful of limp looking salad leaves with no dressing and was unappetising to eat. For an additional $5 including the relish, we were expecting something similar to the great salads we get with our pastries from Abbots & Kinney.

Overall, not the pie to serve my mum, who spends most of her time travelling by caravan around Australia eating pies and pastries in a different bakery on the daily!

Hibernia Cafe Interior

Unfortunately not the experience we were hoping for at Hibernia Cafe for our first visit. With so many really amazing brunch places around Adelaide it's tough when a visit like this occurs. Today's food, service and ambiance seemed to be missing the love on this particular occasion, so we hope it was just an off day for Hibernia, as the top of Magill Road could really do with a consistent standout breakfast and lunch location.

Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly: Many vegetarian and gluten free options.
Child Friendly: Yes, casual, plenty of space around tables but no specific kids menu.

Ambiance: 2.5/5 - Stylish interior but no customers today so very quiet and lacklustre.
Service: 2.5/5 - Table service but no friendly banter or welcoming vibe.
Food: 5/10 -  Some good elements but also some disappointing fails on this particular visit.

In total OTCB gives Hibernia Cafe 10/20 chops On The Chopping Board.

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