The first time I visited E for Ethel I was lunching with a fellow foodie. I managed to walk past it somehow because I was texting and walking. Kids, don’t text and walk. Ironically though, I found it because I was texting and walking. My friend had obviously seen me walk past and she texted “TURN LEFT NOW”. Gotta love her. Nestled in that pocket of shops you will find a quaint cosy cafe filled with distractions. Good distractions.
The cafe is bright and airy with track lighting above, light wood tables and shelves and pops of colour injected with their chairs. Take a few steps deeper in and you will see an array of beautiful stationery, fashion items and giftware, the distractions I was talking about. The concept of a cafe store is increasingly popular in Adelaide with places like Red House and Parsec Cafe because coffee and shopping are the two best things in the world!
Aside from coffee and a selection of Scullery Made Teas, herbal included, they also have milkshakes, smoothies and fresh juice on the menu. A coffee was in order but I wanted to their Walter Juice which was watermelon, apple and mint crush. Incredibly refreshing and not too sweet, loved it. The coffee came with a freckle on the side as a little treat.
I ordered a Mushroom Bruschetta to which I wasn’t really expecting a big serve but it was generous and certainly filling. The mushrooms were stacked on a thick slice of toasted rye bread with rocket and crispy prosciutto on top. There was dukkah sprinkled over it which gave it some crunch and herby nutty aroma. It’s also served with tomato relish which was super delicious. The whole dish came together very nicely and was just such a delight to eat.
My lunch buddy ordered the Smashed Avocado with Quinoa Salsa and feta also stacked on toasted rye bread. Once again it was a generous serving. The salsa was made from quinoa, charred corn, red onion and tomatoes. I loved the freshness and colour on the plate, with all healthy ingredients and some light feta cheese for that bit of saltiness. It’s a dish of fresh juicy flavours that I think I might just have to order next time. Oh but there is salmon bagel on the menu too…..tough decisions.
E for Ethel is owned by sweethearts who believe in sustainability. The store section is filled with Australian handmade and sustainable gift products, largely made in SA. It’s obvious they have a great passion for what they do and I love that they are so devoted to a community and supporting small businesses. If the great food and coffee isn’t enough to draw you in, their ethos is just all the more reason to come here.
E for Ethel
Shop 7, 116 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide SA
08 8367 0312