For those who’ve been playing along at home you’ll know that this month I’ve been participating in Mushroom Mania, sponsored by the Australian Mushroom Growers Association. This is my second year participating and as the month draws to a close I’ve been really pleased with the growing diversity of dining options in our fair city as well as the range of options available for lovers of mushrooms.
The East End is experiencing a bit of a revival at the moment and Ebenezer Place, tucked neatly behind Rundle Street, is no exception. It had been a while since we had ventured down to that part of the world and we were pleased to discover a number of new dining options, stores and even a Providore had opened up along this very trendy little street.
Sad café is the offshoot of ‘das’ which offers the genius combination of ‘hair and fashion’, so in one small space you’ll find a barber, some funky clothes and great food and coffee (though there is a wall separating your food from the hair, in case you were wondering!). Their motto is ‘as fresh as possible, as local as possible and as simple as possible’ which fits perfectly with my own food ethos.
First up we ordered the mushroom sliders which were delicious and quite different to the mushroom burger I enjoyed a week or so ago at Nordburger. The mushrooms were grilled and then stuffed with a spicy green chilli sauce, topped with a generous slice of spiced Gouda cheese and sandwiched between some crisp green lettuce and an excellent avocado and feta mash. These sliders were on the larger side, in fact it was an incredibly generous portion and more than I’ve come to expect when ordering sliders, which are often on the smaller side (small is what they are supposed to be, I guess).
We also ordered the baked beans with mushrooms (pictured at the start of the post) which arrived in a cast iron pan with a side of sourdough bread. These beans were epic, a smoky mix of beans and mushrooms, topped with an egg and a generous sprinkling of runny cheese. This is the sort of cooking I love – hearty, warming and delicious. The sort of dish that makes you forget your table manners, roll up your sleeves and really get stuck in. I caught a glimpse of myself tearing up chunks of bread and dunking them into the beans like a ravenous monster at one point – hilarious!
The coffee is decent and the menu is diverse. There are lots of options for vegos and vegans as well as a range of cakes and locally sourced produce like jams, sauces and tea. The decor is great, a pleasing mix of retro and industrial and my dining companion enjoyed browsing their extensive vinyl collection. Space is limited so I imagine at busy times it might get a little cramped and a couple of the staff seemed a little snooty, but in all this was a great dining experience and a lovely way to cap off a month of feasting on mushrooms.
Sad Café – Shop 4 Ebenezer Pl. Adelaide 5000
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I dined with the compliments of Mushroom Growers Australia as part of the Mushroom Mania promotion.