Bloom Cafe sits between quiet backstreets and the River Torrens in Thebarton. It has a quiet, open vibe, excellent food and coffee, and a great kids menu.
Review by Claire Davill
The cafe is a great family friendly option for a lazy breakfast, brunch or lunch, and the new kids menu (with colouring-in page incorporated) will keep the kids occupied and happily fed. There are breakfast and lunch options on the menu, but all options are available at any time.
There’s plenty of room to sit outside, many tables are under a large canvas awning or large umbrellas, and it’s cool and breezy here even on hot days. There are tables available inside in the open, high-roofed building, which used to be an old horse tram barn. There is also bar seating as well if you’re here for a quick coffee. Pastries are also available at the bar.
There’s a light-filled function area that looks out onto the river, and adjacent garden with some seating as well. It’s so quiet here, you wouldn’t guess you’re so close to the Entertainment Centre and busy Port Road!
The kids menu has a few staple options to please kids for lunch or breakfast, including toast, butter and jam, eggs and bacon or a sausage patty in bread with sauce for breakfast, or BBQ chook with chips or red sauce pasta and cheese for lunch, and a generous serve of ice cream with sprinkles for sweets. We chose the eggs and bacon, which came as a generous serve with some tomato sauce and a nice big crusty slice of toast. The bacon was nice and crispy and the eggs cooked to order.
Kids drink options include hot chocolate, babyccino, choccy milk or a fruit box. The choccy milk was really nice, and served in an enamel mug – no worries about spills or breakages!
For adults, there’s a huge range of drinks, featuring top notch coffee (hot or chilled), a wide selection of teas, and alcoholic drinks (including cocktails).
The menu changes seasonally, with a focus on locally sourced food. We tried the burnt leek and mushroom okonomiyaki and the cast iron baked pancake with roasted pear from the breakfast menu. Both were generous serves, and quite unique dishes – and both were delicious.
There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, sides and share plates to order. You can even choose a banquet if dining after 11am (minimum 2 people) to sample the cafe’s selection of their favourite sharing plates.
The location of the cafe means there’s plenty of space, and while the outside dining area isn’t fenced, it’s far away from any busy roads. There is a small rain garden to explore, shady benches to clamber over, and a little footbridge over the rain garden to run back and forth on.
The open space in the outdoor dining area means it doesn’t feel too crowded or busy, and the atmosphere is relaxed. The cafe has music playing (not too loud) which adds to the atmosphere. 80s tunes were playing when we visited, perfect for middle-aged parents!
38 Winwood St, Thebarton – Open Weekdays 7am-4pm / Weekends 8am-4pm
There is off street parking available behind the cafe off of Winwood Street, or off of Adams Street (near the West End Brewery Gardens). If you park here, you’ll walk over the old tramway bridge over the Torrens to reach the cafe.
Because the cafe is situation right next to the Torrens, and the Linear Park bike path, it’s also a great cafe to ride to. We rode along the Linear Path to and from the cafe when we visited, and plenty of other diners had done the same. The off-road linear path is a great, safe option for cycling with children, and the exercise helps work up an appetite for the generous serves at the cafe.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Bloom Cafe website
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