date of visit: Friday 1 June 2012
Another trip to Glenelg and another opportunity to try somewhere different for a coffee and cake. I was tempted by Tasca Viva‘s churros for $10 but we walked passed and hit Crema. The bonus here was that there was plenty of space – a Friday afternoon at the beginning of winter meant that there were only a few other patrons and we were able to nab the sofas in the front window.
There was a reasonable selection of cakes from which to choose and there was a bit of umming and aahing, especially while we established whether or not the giant slice of Toblerone mousse cake was one portion or two. It was one (for $5.50) so we decided to split it. Added to that were some small, plain(ish) biscuits and babycino (for the baby) and two cafe lattes. That all came to just under $15.
Splitting the cake turned out to be a sage decision because even then we couldn’t finish it (in the picture it has been already started on) and we were impressed that the weak cafe latte came out weak. You would be surprised at how many places are apparently incapable of making a weak coffee. The cake was really good too – very rich and sweet and absolutely not good for you at all.
Service was a bit iffy – while the waitress was affable enough she was also a bit distracted and had to be reminded to bring out the biscuits. I’d be interested to see if there is a bit more focus when the restaurant is busier …
That said – an enjoyable café experience. Not artisan or gourmet, perhaps, but it ticked the boxes at a sensible price.
Crema On Jetty
10 Jetty Rd
Glenelg SA 5045
phone: (08) 8294 1431
date of visit: Thursday 3 May 2012
Part of me feels like perhaps I shouldn’t write a review of Bracegirdle’s in Glenelg. It was a really rushed visit and that makes me worry that some of my comments will be based on an atypical experience.
However, before I even got in the door of Bracegirdle’s I was impressed. I emailed (via the website’s contact form) asking if the café was wheelchair accessible and whether or not they took bookings. The response arrived within a few hours (yes, to wheelchair accessible, but no to bookings) and from there I was able to work out the details of my visit very easily. Normally my concern is about dealing with the paraphernalia associated with the baby, but in this case it was a birthday afternoon tea for my 94 year old grandmother, who would be using a wheelchair.
I arrived after my parents and grandma – they were already settled in the sofas right at the front of the café. I found a nook for the pram, settled the baby in and then set about ordering myself some cake and coffee.
A cafe latte and raspberry chocolate brownies for me and a mango macaron (from SA’s own Nic and Rocco) for the baby (he’s allowed sweet treats on special occasions – and 94th birthdays are special). I took the macaron back to the table but coffees for dad and me, and my bronwies, we had to wait for.
And while the café was busy, I would suggest the wait was a little bit longer than called for. Overall I’d say the in-house service didn’t match up to the excellent email experience I’d had prior to going to Bracegirdle’s. The brownie I really enjoyed but not everyone was a fan. My dad thought it wasn’t chocolatey enough (“if it didn’t have that sauce on it, you wouldn’t know it was chocolate” – I think he was being a tad harsh there …) while my mum thought it was very rich. Make of that what you will.
As I said – the visit was brief. I had time to scoff my brownie and coffee before it was time to pack up everyone and head back out onto the street. My impressions, therefore, are very much first impressions. So yes, I would go back for a more leisurely coffee but I note that the service can be a little slow and it is quite noisy in the downstairs area (there is also an upstairs). Prices seemed a touch high – for the brownie, macaron and two coffees it came to about $18 (the Entertainment Book does have a voucher for 25% discount) but without paying more attention I don’t really want to commit myself to that.
One to visit again. Indeed, the return visit will be in preference to Europa Espresso.
date of visit: Saturday 14 April 2012
We stopped in at Europa for a quick coffee on a Saturday afternoon. The venue is both café (or espresso bar) and restaurant – the two are divided by the bar itself – and the outside seating follows suit.
As we were coffee and caking we sat on the café side, and set about ordering the requisite coffees, babycino and cakes. These were all ordered at the bar, and Andy returned with the edibles but the coffees were brought to the table.
The man behind the bar seemed a little grumpy, but the coffees themselves were fine. I’d ordered two biscuits: a hazelnut log and a coconut macaroon. Being brutally honest, I found both of them a little past their prime – particularly the hazelnut log, which was depressingly soft. However, Andy ordered a fruit danish and said it was really good. When pressed, he put it ahead of his cheesecake at Angs at Marion.
While I’d be happy to give the restaurant part of Europa a go, next time I’m at the Bay in search of a coffee I’ll no doubt be trying a new venue …