Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Whistle Stop Cafe Restaurant & Antiques‎ – Goolwa, SA

7 Hay Street, Goolwa, SA, 5214

Being literally two minutes walk from where I spend my days, I have often drifted past this cafe, read the sign, and thought of that horrible movie that I was made to watch in English class at high school.*  So finally, this week, I managed to get over there and check it out.  The place has a really nice vibe about it – while not being large for a restaurant, the aesthetic quality of the interior is comfortable, while not being ‘try-hard.’  It has a full menu restaurant service – but I can not comment on this, as to date all I have sampled is the coffee.  So, to the review:

Latte Quality – Good – I think I was the first coffee of the day, so that may have altered the taste – bud not bad.

Cost – $3.50 – so about average

Coffee Supplier – South Australia’s own Coffeeworld

Fair Trade – No indication in store, nor on the coffee world website.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – Yes – seating both inside and out – but I would avoid meal times, as the number of cars/people increases dramatically.
  • Deep and Meaningful – again, Yes – particularly if you are there first thing in the morning – around 10am is good.
  • Study and Reflection – also Yes – if you go there when it opens, and order a coffee – it would be a great place to read a book for a couple of hours.

* – Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

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Lars – Hyde Park, SA **Update**

116a King William Road, Hyde Park SA 5061

This was one of the very first reviews I conducted way back in May 2009, and after making a return visit this morning, I decided that it needed an update – because things have changed. The food (breakfast – as this is all I have tried there), coffee and service are all still excellent – but the thing I noticed before I had even walking inside was that this little logo was plastered all over the place. You see, four months ago Lars went Fairtrade – and not just providing a Fairtrade option, but serving nothing but Fairtrade Organic Coffee – and proudly displaying the logo and pretty much ever flat coffee related surface.

Latte Quality – Excellent – after yesterday, this coffee was a Godsend.

Cost – $3 for a regular sized coffee

Coffee Supplier – Diamond Coffee

Fair Trade – Yes, and proud of it!

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – Yes – the tables are small, and there is enough ambient noise to allow for privacy.
  • Deep and Meaningful – A possibility – depends on your ability to maintain attention and focus.  There are flat screen TVs inside, music in the background and the traffic of King William Road can all be distracting.  A great place for a breakfast meeting with colleagues.
  • Study and Reflection – Not really that sort of venue.  Is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – but not really the place to spread out your books, laptop and do some serious study.

Squisito italia Caffe Bar & Ristorante – Glenelg, SA

1 Moseley Square, Glenelg, SA, 5045

Located on the ground floor of the Town Hall Building, whilst also spilling out onto the boardwalk, Squisito has one of Adelaide’s most envious locales for wining, dining and lattéing (new word – go with it!).  After a morning in the car, we ended up there having heard so much about their Gluten Free Pizza – and with my mother-in-law having traveled from overseas to try one – there was no stopping us (although Glenelg parking did its best).  From what she said, Squisito make Australia’s (if not the world’s – as she did try one in Finland…) best Gluten Free Pizzas’ with a particular recommendation for the Sweet Chilli Chicken variety.  She also made particular mention of their Gluten/Dairy Free Soy Hot Chocolate.  Ambiance is wonderful, with unimpeded views of the jetty and azure blue of the gulf, and while the table service was not great – although this did improve greatly when a second hostess assumed duties (I assume from her happy attitude, that she was an owner) it is still worth a look.  But now for the all important coffee review:

Latte Quality – Bad – the coffee was burnt and basically undrinkable.  And while I was not in the mood to send it back, when the second hostess asked why the coffee wasn’t finished and was told, she happily refunded our money.

Cost – $4:00 for a regular, so a little pricey.

Coffee Supplier – Lavazza Coffee

Fair Trade – No indication in store, nor is there any mention by Lavazza on their website.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – During the week (not school holidays) definitely, particularly outside meal times – although lunch time today was quiet.
  • Deep and Meaningful – again, Yes – see above – both inside and out – although in warmer weather the crowds, and therefore the noise levels are larger.
  • Study and Reflection – no – too many noise/visual distractions – although there was wireless internet available if not there, then nearby.
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