Joan’s Pantry, Hawthornedene


date of visit: Wednesday 20 July 2016

School holidays … a time to catch up with all those friends you don’t see during term time (er, and the ones you do see during term time too). Winter holidays are tricky – no one wants their house trashed by two five year olds who you can’t stick outside.

Our house was full of wine (long story), the friend’s house is having a ceiling repaired … so there was nothing for it but to choose a park and hope it didn’t rain on us.

Somewhat miraculously, even though it rained on us on the WAY to Apex Park, Hawthornedene, it was actually pretty dry at the park itself. After an hour or so running around and squeezing in some geocaching (an excellent way to keep small children occupied) it was time for a sit down and something to quieten down the inevitable wails of ‘I’m hungry’.

Part of our choice of Apex Park had been driven by the fact that Joan’s Pantry is right there. I’ve driven past it for years and years and years (and I’ve subsequently found out that a friend’s parents used to own it – got to love Adelaide!) but never been in. It’s had a recent refurb so while the outside looks relatively small, there is quite a lot of space inside.

We got in (luckily) just before the lunch rush and set about choosing food and drinks. A tactical mistake saw Master 5 opt for chocolate milk while his friend ordered an orange and mango juice. Oh no!


After some agonising, I decided on the ‘Big Breakfast’. Even though it was lunch time and I didn’t really need a big meal, it worked out at about the same price as ordering eggs and a few other bits and pieces … PLUS it had HASH BROWNS! Master 5 chose the hot dog with onion from the child’s menu (he was originally tempted by the big breakfast too … but was swayed by his mate’s choice!).

As we sat waiting for our food and drinking our coffees, we realised that some of the tables around us were enjoying glasses of wine! Tactical beverage mistake number 2.

The food arrived swiftly and, overall, was very good. The boys’ hot dogs were ENORMOUS – for $7.50 two big ‘halves’ of a hot dog, complete with onion (if requested!) and sauce. It looked like good quality bread too. And guess what? Master 5 was unable to eat all of his. There’s a first time for everything!

The big breakfast was indeed big. Mine was with scrambled eggs which were delicious. I hoovered them up sharpish before starting on the remainder. The mushrooms were delicious (not those horrible insipid watery mushies you so often get) as was the grilled tomato. Naturally the hash browns went down a treat and the bacon and sausage were lovely too. After all of that I could hardly make a dent in the big slab of toast. And the bowl of chips we’d also ordered? Yeah … we didn’t need that at all!

The one downer was that my friend had ordered poached eggs with her big breakfast and they were both firm in the middle. Always disappointing – and perhaps I didn’t help by smugly remarking how good my scrambled eggs were!

Joan’s Pantry gets a big tick from me (hmmm, is it just the hash browns?) and, judging by how busy it got, it would appear that the locals and visitors feel the same. If you are planning a visit – particularly on a weekend or during school holidays – I recommend you give them a call.

And hopefully, my next visit will be sooner rather than later.

Joan’s Pantry
7 Watahuna Avenue
Hawthorndene 5051
phone: (08) 8278 2091

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Rosey’s Cafe, Unley

Big Breakfast at Rosey's

date of visit: Saturday 24 May 2014

Some of the best things in life are the unplanned things (something I could do with remembering occasionally …). Last Saturday saw us tootling around Unley mid-morning with tummies starting to grumble. We had finished all our chores (the best way to describe shopping for a shower screen) and coffee, at a minimum, was in order.

Rosey’s was chosen on nothing more scientific than the fact that it was in the right spot (the toddler currently walks about 2 metres before exclaiming “my legs are tired from all this walking”) and had a table free. We sat inside but Rosey’s also has a very cute covered courtyard – complete with blankets ready for the chilly weather.

I was all geared up for coffee and cake but, because Andy decided to have the big breakfast, I felt my arm twisted and ordered scrambled eggs with a side of chipolatas. With the toddler, you never know how much of your own food you’re likely to eat, so it’s always best to order more … Even though he’d already announced he wanted a chocolate brownie.

Coffees and a bottle of water under way we had only a short wait for our breakfasts. I personally think that scrambled eggs are always a marvellous test of a venue and Rosey’s eggs cut the mustard. Rather than a granular mess they were more like a very very soft folded omelette, with some chive running through them and arranged across some really good sourdough bread from Mylor Bakery.

Scrambled eggss& chipolatas at Rosey's

The chipolatas (a serve of 3, I was allowed to eat 1) were dense and full of flavour. Andy’s big breakfast was big and, aside from the mushrooms, was demolished smartly. Some reviews on urbanspoon complain that bacon is missing (it’s not – see the picture!) and one noted that the mushrooms were very vinegar-y. Yes, the mushrooms have been finished with a splash of Balsamic vinegar and yes, it is noticeable but I found them more than acceptable. The big breakfast was served across the same Mylor Bakery bread.

The chocolate brownies at Rosey’s are supposed to be amazing – but I wouldn’t know as I wasn’t allowed to try any. My child ploughed through half the brownie before pausing to eat chipolatas and then polished it off.

And the coffee? It was excellent.

The best part of our brunch at Rosey’s was the price. Yes, the big breakfast is $20 (it is a significant amount of food) but we left having spent $46. Considering that often we find ourselves spending close to $30 for coffee and cake for the three of us, this represented a bargain. My eggs were just $10 and would have been ample had I not known I was going to have to share.

Unfortunately for us, Rosey’s is a bit far from home to become a regular haunt, but anywhere that takes enough pride in its food to serve such good bread (and good eggs) gets a big tick from me.

Rosey’s Café
139 Unley Road
Unley SA 5061
phone: 08 7225 0690

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Boatshed Cafe, Hallett Cove


date of visit: Sunday 15 March 2014

Again – just two months between visiting and posting! We don’t often go out for breakfast because on the weekends we take it in turns to have a lie in and by the time everyone is up, washed, dressed, fed, watered … well … it’s time for afternoon tea.

I should have written about this outing earlier … because all other things aside (food, ambience, service) as we ate we were treated to an impressive display of human flesh. And I’m not talking about someone wearing something a bit tighter or shorter than you might expect. Oh no, a heavily pregnant lady at the table next to us lifted up her top and treated everyone to the considerable expanse of flesh. Just to get things straight – this is not acceptable behaviour for anyone over the age of about 5. You’ve put the clothes on, they can stay on.

Anyway, the Boatshed at Hallett Cove has been on my list for a while and on this occasion there was no food in the house so heading out was our only option.

It was a lovely sunny morning so I took the precaution of ringing ahead. Toddlers don’t really understand turning up at venues and having to wait. I was told that yes, for three of us it wouldn’t be a problem, and did we want to sit inside or outside. A sunny morning doesn’t necessarily equate to a warm enough morning to sit outside and eat so we opted for inside and my name was duly noted.

But sometimes, things just aren’t that simple. And when we arrived, there was no table reserved for us – anywhere. There were a few seats available at the ledge in the verandah but having the three of us lined up wasn’t great and while the view was amazing, the brisk breeze from the ocean suggested that any food would be cold before it hit our lips.

Fortunately we were found a small table inside and we squeezed in, between a rather large, loud group of women and the coffee machine. The interior of the Boatshed is all hard surfaces so what started off as an unpleasant level of noise escalated to intolerable by the end of breakfast.


Which is a massive shame because the breakfasts were, actually, very good. I ordered scrambled eggs and bacon. It was a generous plate with really good quality bread. Andy’s Boatshed Classic was similarly proportioned and got a thumbs up (after he’d defended the hash brown from the fingers of a greedy toddler).

The menu is very light on things to order smaller punters. While our toddler normally loves eggs he had decided he didn’t want eggs which really limited our options. We ended up ordering him the sweetcorn fritter which Andy said was actually pretty good.

So overall, the food gets a tick. Service was OK – the problem with our reservation soured things a little and I did get the impression that there weren’t enough staff (or, the staff that were on were not experienced enough). However, the real killer was the noise inside.

We actually got to the point where we couldn’t finish quickly enough.

I’ve spoken to friends who have been there and they all tell a similar story – extreme noise inside and erratic service.

I would return to the Boatshed for coffee and cake on a warm afternoon when I could sit outside. But that would be it.

Boatshed Café
1 Heron Way
Hallett Cove SA 5158
phone: (08) 8322 4000

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