When I sought out this place I realized I had driven past it so many times without knowing it was there. At least my eyes were on the road! Approaching the door I could smell something grilling, and the spices, the lovely aroma of spices. Sure enough a table not too far from us were enjoying a shaslick platter. Sumac Cafe offers Middle Eastern cuisine, a cuisine that is seriously gaining popularity in Adelaide. The cafe is spacious and airy with plenty of light coming through the large windows. Perfect for photos except I didn’t bring my camera so phone it was.
The menu may appear overwhelming but it really just offers you many options and combination. Being in a Middle Eastern cafe I had to try the Homous. I do love chickpeas, growing up boiled chickpeas used to be a common street side snack for us. Sumac Cafe’s homous is made with tahini, garlic, lemon and of course salt and olive oil. Served with some pickles and flatbread, the homous was well balanced. Dangerously addictive.
I’ve only actually been introduce to Fattoush Salad just over a year ago and it has grown on me. A light salad with mixed crunchy vegetables all chopped up dressed with a lemon vinaigrette. There’s something very fresh and enjoyable about this dish. Especially when it’s topped with crunchy toasted flat bread. Well, the red onions do it for me too. I love garlic and red onions so much it’s not fun to talk to me after I dine!
With Mr Foodie in tow, anything that remotely resembles pizza piques his interest. I have to admit though, for just $5.50 who could resist this cheesy goodness. We went for a Zaatar and Cheese Manoushe with the cheese being haloumi and mozzarella. A great snack that proved to be quite filling. Different toppings and gluten free bases are available. Going through the menu the word Pastie also had us curious about how they would make a Middle Eastern pastry goodness. At a price of around $10.50 it had better be something special. Shishtawook Pastie was added to our order and what came out was much like a calzone. No pastry here, the pasties are made with housemade bread dough. A big serve and generous fillings of chicken, onion and cheese.
Sumac Cafe is well worth the visit if you ask me. I for one am glad it’s on the South side of town which means closer to home for me! Next on my list is to try one of their platters, probably the shaslick platter given how much we enjoy grilled meat. It’s great Middle Eastern food from a friendly family run cafe at an affordable price. What more could you ask for?
Shop 6/582 Goodwood Road
Colonel Light Gardens SA
08 8177 1458