SAHA 303 - Lovely Lebanese

SAHA 303 - 303 The Parade, Beulah Park SA 5067

Always keen to find new places that are child friendly and serving delicious coffee and food, I (Nathan) was super excited when I saw what Abs and Jena were doing at SAHA 303. I was even more excited when we got the call to come and try out the breakfast menu (and so were the kids!). All food and drinks were graciously provided by SAHA.

SAHA 303 Exterior - Coffee, Food, Family

Upon driving up The Parade, it's easy to see why SAHA is super busy - it's in a good spot, with plenty of parking. The setup inside is great, as it has plenty of natural light to go along with the modern decor. There's a nice story behind the location too, which we were eager to hear. It was originally a shop that was once a butcher and a corner deli, and what a huge change it has been through, to become what it is today. Not wanting to forget the history of the building, Abs has converted the old doors into the shared table in the front room upon entry - a fantastic idea and a great ode to the past.

Restored and re-purposed front doors

Abs and Jena have been progressively expanding their role in Adelaide food. Originally operating a little coffee shop on Fullarton Road, they expanded to The Little Eastern (now sold - previous reviews here) to broaden their offering, and have now expanded again with SAHA (along with ex PAVE chef Andrew). A lot of what they learnt about great service and food is evident in what we experienced at SAHA.

Kids drawing table

Kids outdoor play area at the rear

With the extra space, they've included more family friendly areas, including the great play area outside at the back and a little room inside for drawing too. They've also got some great plans to partner with Emali, a local naturopath and a Yoga/Pilates instructor too, using the extra indoor spaces at the rear.

Latte & Long Black - $4 each

After the brief tour, it was time to sit down to a few coffees (both the latte and long black were fantastic) and become engrossed in the menu, trying to choose from a great variety of Lebanese influenced breakfasts and cafe classics too. We eventually landed on a full Lebanese breakfast, poached eggs with sides of avocado and haloumi, and the kids couldn't go past the Persian pancakes.

The SAHA Lebanese breakfast - $18
Their signature dish, the SAHA Lebanese big breakfast, is eggs your way, zaatar, sujuk, house labneh topped with olive oil and black seeds, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, zaatar served with Lebanese pickles and Lebanese bread. The spread of items on the plate is quite impressive, and the bright blend of colours make it exciting to look at. Plenty of yummy pickles, bread and labneh make each mouthful different - the platter style of serving makes it a great plate to mix and match all the flavours.

The sujuk (spiced beef sausage) is nice and spicy and packed full of flavour and adds more textural elements to the dish. I chose my eggs to be poached and the eggs are as I wanted, nice and runny! My only problem was that I wanted to mop all that runny egg up with the flat bread but it was hard to get stuck into the eggs. I think my mistake was ordering the eggs poached - next time a boiled egg option would make for a better experience.

Free range eggs on Sourdough ($10) with sides of haloumi (+$4) and avocado (+$4)

The poached eggs with sides of haloumi and avocado was delivered as expected. Lovely bread, fresh runny eggs, salty fried haloumi and plenty of avocado. A great delivery of the cafe classic.

Persian Pancakes - $14 (2 stack)

The Persian Pancakes are served with seasonal fruit, maple syrup and Persian fairy floss. The pancakes were demolished by the kids. The Persian fairy floss on top was a definite highlight. Having a quick try of the pancakes, they had a lovely thick texture, a little denser than the normal pancakes, which for me was a positive. The fresh fruit and honey rounded out the dish with some added freshness and texture.

SAHA is another great addition to Adelaide's ever growing, and diversifying, cafe scene. Owners Abs and Jena have done a fantastic job reviving the site, and continuing to influence our palates with flavours from their cultural heritage. When pairing this with great service, kids spaces and activities and a location that's within the reach of most, it's the perfect spot for breakfast or lunch, any day of the week.


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