Paddy’s Lantern – Adelaide, SA

219 Gilbert Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000

In a quarter of the Adelaide City that many people may have never ventured through, sits this fresh new expression of the burgeoning South Australian speciality coffee scene. Opening in the first week of October 2011 Paddy’s Lantern is, according to owner, chef and barista Sam Carey – what he thinks would have happened if “Bar 9 and Coffee Branch had a baby”[1] and it finds itself nestled amongst a fairly standard Adelaideian mid 1980s row of shops – a child’s stone throw from the Dukes of Brunswick Hotel – however, make sure you are looking for it – blink and you’ll miss it.

Walking in – you just know this place is serious about the coffee – as the menu board is 90% about the beverage and 10% food – yet the food is superb!  Serving single origin 5 Senses coffee, blended on site, through a gorgeous looking Synesso machine,  a Sam made ristretto is heaven in a cup [see below.]  The interior is minimalist – having stripped back what was once perhaps a computer shop, it is now part single story – part spacious warehouse – yet will probably only seat perhaps 20 people, and is my no means clinical.  If you are cyclist, you are catered for – with three bike racks adorning the walls just inside the front door.  Together with my brother from another mother, friend and colleague we consumed three ristrettos, three lattes, and 2 Barossa Ham & French gruyere on Mylor Bakery Sourdough – in our 90 minutes of bliss, with occasional dedicated attention from Sam – who understands that customer service produces loyalty.   Parking is potentially a problem – but if you can find one nearby, they are free for 2 hours – just be persistent and the rewards of Paddy’s Lantern can be yours.  

Latte Quality – Lattastic! – I had two, and Mark had one – and while it probably wasn’t strong enough for Mark – I really enjoyed the smooth subtle flavours of the inhouse blended Guatemalan and ColumbianThe Ristretto beans.  Unless you specify otherwise, Sam serves double shots – preferring to only use that size in the Synesso.

Ristretto Quality – Ristastic!  Awesetto?…  we both thought it was the best we had had.  Rather than it turning into a short, short black – the double shot ristretto was “god in a cup”

Cost – $3.50 for a regular – which is pretty much on the money – $3.00 for the ristretto.

Coffee Supplier – 5 Senses

Fairtrade – Nope – however 5 Senses do a Fairtrade Honduras.

Customer Service –  –  freaking awesome – I’m going to nominate them for Australian of the Year – I would keep coming back, even if they switched to International Rust and an ern (not really, but you get the drift)…. it was everything you expect from someone who is passionate about coffee and food and his customers loving his product.  Congrats to Sam on a fantastic addition to the Adelaide BeanScene.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat,  Deep and Meaningful, and/or Study and Reflection – At present it is suitable for all these things, however once the secret gets out – I suspect getting a quite table will become harder and harder.
[1] As quoted from the Adelaide Advertiser Food section – Tuesday October 25th 2011
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Posted on October 27, 2011, in 5 Senses, Adelaide, Encounter Bay, Five Senses, Speciality Coffee Bar and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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