Karma & Crow is not your average cafe. Injecting life into the western suburbs of Adelaide, this is a cafe and creative hub with workspaces available for hire. It’s amazing what a lick of paint and a good eye for recycling and re-purposing furniture can do. The first thing that caught my eye after spotting this big white warehouse was the word COFFEE painted across the top. Not Karma & Crow but COFFEE. Outside, a row of repurposed wood planters serve as a barrier between the car park and the walkway. The smell of fresh basil and mint was a good start.
Inside it is very spacious. The furniture are no doubt second hand but the mismatch somehow comes together with character. What Mr Foodie and I thought really softened the look were the hanging pots of greenery all throughout. Nothing like greenery to soothe the eyes. We were greeted at the island where coffee and cakes (and protein balls) were dished out. There is almost always a waiting list no matter what day it is. That’s how popular this place is. And rightly so after you try the food. The menu impressed me with numerous items I could easily wolf down. It was exciting and interesting. A refreshing change from the usual bacon and eggs, eggs benedict yada yada yada. Most of all the dishes came off fresh. No greasy half burnt bacon here. And the presentation! Oh the presentation. Instagram and immortalize it.
Let’s start by talking about my most recent dish. Cornbread. House made cornbread with spicy chorizo and fresh tomato salsa, chipotle and avocado mousse and a heap of coriander piled on top. Now I’m a coriander fan so it’s okay but if you’re not, just push it off. This Mexican inspired dish was substantial and had a good balance of tangy, spicy and sweetness from the cornbread. A colourful breakfast!
Their famous Ricotta Hotcakes remain on the menu, this time topped with roasted stone fruit, praline butter, labneh, sesame, hazelnuts, fairy floss and maple syrup. Well, the floss tasted like Turkish delight so it kept Mr Foodie very happy. The poached fruit melted in my mouth and the ricotta pancakes were fluffy and not dry. Do you know how many pancakes I’ve had are dry? Thankfully not this one. So good. Mr Foodie drenched it in ALL the syrup which was too sweet for me but perfect for him.
From the previous menu I had the chance to try two incredible dishes that made me want to order vegetarian. If you don’t know, that is VERY RARE for me. Carnivore all the way. The Sticky Roast Pumpkin was so soft and sweet. With it came some whipped fetta, baba ganoush, caramelised chickpeas and toast. The chilli kale went on to be something I make regularly at home now. The caramelised chickpeas ended up being my favourite element of the dish! I was dipping the chickpea in whipped fetta and NOM. So good.
Being the carnivore I am I gravitated towards the Pulled Pork dish. Look at that vibrant colour. Instantly I feel like it’s vegetable and I’m consuming less calories than a standard hollandaise sauce (ha! who am I kidding). The pulled pork was delicious and the fresh apples and radish were the perfect tangy sweet crunchy combo to go with my pork. The two poached eggs on top I initially got were unfortunately cold and overcooked (almost boiled). We raised this with the waitress and she apologized and informed the kitchen. Soon after she reappeared with two freshly poached eggs. Two PERFECT poached eggs. I appreciated the top service. Now I can get my egg porn on. The creamy golden lava made everything even better. All this on top of my favourite bread – sourdough. Heaven.
I’ve been more than once and four dishes in I’m still eager to go back and explore more. I love that they change their menu so it never gets stale though I really wish they would bring the pulled pork back. Maybe soon? *Hint hint*
Regardless, Karma & Crow deserves the long lines and is worth the wait for a table. Kudos to the team who seem to be very good at thinking outside the box. Next time you can’t decide where to go for brunch, try Karma & Crow.
Karma & Crow
251 Richmond Road
08 8352 5104